Arlene Rush is a conceptual multidisciplinary artist who challenges the theories used to classify her art. The art of Rush’s exists among ideas of a feminist ideology, political engagement, and a strong sense of identity, i.e., the artist’s own voice and how it critically relates to the world around her. Inquiries have pervaded her life on the issues of gender, identity, and equality. Rush’s artistic journey confronts the under-acknowledged dialogues that have shaped society and our political engagement.
She has exhibited extensively in museums, universities, and galleries worldwide and is represented by Archilesi | Homberg Fine Art in New York. Rush was the recipient of a residency to Barcelona, Spain, from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in 1988, and of the Pat Hearn & Colin De Land Foundation Grant in 2011. In 2020, she received the Carole Eisner Award For Sculpture and was also published on Wikipedia, acknowledging both historically for her artistic career and the tenacity she has towards creating work that speaks for those that do not have a voice.
Her work is in numerous collections, among some are: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, Wales, UK; Museu Brasileiro de Escultura, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Bldg., Washington, D.C.; Sara M. Vance Waddell, Cincinnati, OH; Joe Baio’s Collection, New York, NY; Golden Collection, Berlin, NY and The Robert H. Chaney Collection, Houston, TX and ARCO Chemical, Newton Square, PA.
Rush has been reviewed in numerous publications including: The New York Times, Wall Street International, Eidenhovens Dagblad, Art Fuse, D/Railed Contemporary Art Magazine, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, New York Daily News, Artdependence Magazine, ANTE Magazine, Varsari21, Time Out New York, Artsy Editorial, Rheinische Post, Aktuell, The New Yorker, Stadtmagazin, International Gallerie, and Lilith Magazine.