Stephen Rueckert / Art Teacher
For Stephen Rueckert, drawing lines had always come easier than finding words. By the time he graduated from high school he had become an expert in day-dreaming and a pretty good artist! His calling to art school, studies in Europe, travels abroad, and twenty years as a working artist and teacher in New York City, helped make many of those earlier dreams become a reality.
Stephen's work can be found in the permanent collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and The Brooklyn Museum and has been featured in publications such as Art Forum, the New York Times, the Washington Post and The New Scientist. His sculptural installation, The Standard Model (abandoned), which explores the crossroads of science and art, linking current scientific models of the universe with his own deeply personal artistic vision, gained international recognition both in the art world and the scientific community. It was followed by a commission from the Public Art Fund to create On-On-On, an installation exploring the surface and "gadgetry" of science, at MetroTech Center in Brooklyn, New York.
A graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) and Brooklyn College (MS), his teaching journey brought him from New York City Public schools to Washington D.C. in 2001 where he taught figure drawing and sculpture in a Washington D.C. private school for fifteen years. His passion for S.T.E.A.M., teaching, art, and love of nature lead him to Middleburg Academy.
Simply said, his mission states, “I want to share with my students how well the world is made.”