Rufus Jupiter (they/ them) is a midwest rural multidisciplinary artist who burrows in liminal spaces, sniffing out omnipresent queer ecologies, mycelia of mythos, and beautiful juxtaposition. A 2022- 2024 Rural Regenerator Fellow through Springboard For The Arts and 2002 graduate from the School of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, Rufus comes from a kaleidoscopic artistic background: lifelong exploration of 2-D media forms, developing place- based improvisational performance art, and a commitment to community art- based initiatives ranging from public mural projects and interactive performance to formal workshops and co- development of community- access art spaces. As a rural queer/ trans individual, Rufus finds inspiration through both the vibrancy and struggle of their small queer community, regarding art as both a tool for and a harvest of social transformation. Their visual art has been featured in galleries as well as in abandoned warehouses and along the train tracks. Rufus has been a core member of the WEdances Movement Collaborative since 2019, and moonlights as an all- vinyl DJ and community radio show host under the moniker Titmouse.