M.F.A. University of New Mexico, 1975
B.F.A. California College of Arts and Crafts, 1970
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Kent Rush: Works on Paper, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, Texas
Kent Rush: Photographs, Legion Arts/CSPS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Kent Rush: A Retrospective, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas
Senior Fulbright Fellowship, Research/Lectureship, Oaxaca, Mexico
Partners of the Americas Grant, Lima, Peru
Mid-America Arts Alliance/NEA Artist’s Fellowship in Photography
Invited Artist-in-Residence, Tamarind Institute
Kent Rush was born in Hayward, California (the East Bay side of the San Francisco Bay Area) in 1948. He spent his formative years absorbing the artistic, intellectual and political milieu of the San Francisco/Berkeley area of the late 60′s. He studied art, drawing and especially printmaking, at the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) with Robert Bechtle, Charles Gill and Jeryl Parker and received his BFA in 1970 amid the tumult of People’s Park and the Viet Nam War Moratorium.
In the mid 70′s he earned a Masters Degree at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where he studied lithography under Garo Antreasian while he also worked as a printer’s assistant and photographer for the Tamarind Institute of Lithography. Shortly thereafter he moved to San Antonio, Texas to start the printmaking program for the (then) San Antonio Art Institute,1976. While teaching and working there he completed an MFA Degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 1979.
He has spent the past 27 years making art and teaching in San Antonio at the University of Texas at San Antonio since 1982. His work has been exhibited extensively in the United States in solo, two and three person, group and competitive shows. Internationally he has also had works shown in London, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, and France.
Coming from a background in printmaking, drawing and painting Rush, over the past 20 years, has appropriated photography as a means to making images. Specifically he collects (on film) mundane objects and surfaces (primarily concrete) from urban and suburban sites and presents them in monumental format.