Cora J. Rupp was born in Detroit, Michigan. She was artist who worked in many mediums throughout her life, most recently doing oil-based monotypes. She was one of the original artists in the Torpedo Factory Art Center when it was established in Alexandria, Virginia in 1974. She had a working studio there for many years. From 1996 to 2011, she was a member of Printmakers, a workshop and gallery at the Torpedo Factory that houses printmakers of many types. She was a successful arts administrator and served as president of The Art League in the seventies becoming its first executive director in 1981. She held that position until her retirement on December 31, 1996. She died in Alexandria, Virginia.