Not Forever receives the Carole Eisner Award for Sculpture 

Check out the show A-ONE at Silvermine Galleries

curated by Barbara O'Brien


1037 Silvermine Road

New Canaan, CT 06840

Not Forever (detail), 2020, Arlene Rush, Resin, plastic, mirror, epoxy, ink, and crystals, 82” h x 23” w x 13” d


It has been months and hope you are all doing as well as can be expected in these historic times. I have been coping the best I can and learning allot about myself and others. This is all not bad though as the world is in turmoil it is hard to see any good. I hope you can find some peace in your hearts even if it is just a moment.

I have a bunch of things happening and like to just share the news and events:

I have been published on Wikipedia It is beyond time and I am so excited!! I hope this encourages and inspires other women to keep going. 

Self-portrait, 1988, Chelsea studio, 521 West 26 Street , NY NY 10001


70th A-One Exhibition

September 5th, 2020 – October 16th, 2020

Silvermine Galleries

1037 Silvermine Road

New Canaan, CT 06840

70th A-ONE is a national competition/exhibition highlighting the diversity of work that is currently being made by established and emerging artists.

Juried by Barbara O’Brien, Independent curator and critic 

Not Forever, 2020, Arlene Rush, Resin, plastic, mirror, epoxy, ink, and crystals, 82” h x 23” w x 13” d


Curatorial Statement from guest curator Patricia Moss-Vreeland

Creating this online exhibition, Remembering the Suffragists; 100 Years of Women Voting in the United States, I wanted to engage a large network of artists by making it an Open Call. I invited their participation in recognition of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, and questioned what that means to us as womxn, as well as to draw a connection to current and ongoing inequalities that still must be fought. I asked artists, how does this moment in time bring meaning to you? Art’s ability to represent history and personal narrative is its own form of activism.

Beyond The Trail of Tears, Arlene Rush, 2020, flock velvet, wood board, crystals, and digital archival collage, 12" x 12" x 1", Courtesy of the Sara M. Vance Waddell collection 


The USPS Art Project

August 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Pelham Art Center

155 Fifth Avenue

Pelham, NY 10803

Juried by artist Christina Massey

The USPS Art Project was started by artist Christina Massey as a call to action for her fellow artists to support the United States Postal Service amidst the COVID-19 crisis. The concept is simple, artists each begin artworks for their collaboration partners to finish, sending them to each other by mail. It is designed to help artists feel connected while practicing social distancing, and in doing so, supporting the financially struggling USPS at the same time.

Ever F_ _ ked The System, 2020, collaboration with Kate Fauvell, Mixed media collage, photography, fabric, wood, resin, and acrylic, 10" h x 8 ½" w x 1 ¼” d



July 31st, 2020 - September 10th, 2020

Pendelton Street Photography

1310 Pendleton St,

Cincinnati, OH 45202

Features the contemporary mask collection of art collector Sara M. Vance Waddell

Curated by Ena M. Nearon

Hope For A Better Future, 2020, Surgical mask, pearls, crystals, and ink, 3 ¾” h x 10 ½” w


I Care.

Be Safe. 

Perils, 2020, Mask, wood, and acrylic, 5” h x 5” w x 3 ½” d


Pelham Art Center invited audiences to a virtual studio visit with artist Arlene Rush on Friday, May 29th 2020. She discussed her work, which consists of sculptural objects, installations and digital photography, explores issues surrounding women’s rights, gender and the political and social climate of this era. Rush addresses her latest series “Current Affairs” examining the current political state and how it affects gender identity, the “Me Too” movement, racism and human rights as a whole.