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Arlene Rush

"Art is Life and Life is my Muse" A Rush

As a conceptual multidisciplinary artist, my art incorporates sculpture, installations, and mixed media, challenging conventional boundaries ascribed to artists.

Influenced by life experiences and world events, I address the struggles of human existence and biases ranging from personal to socio-political spheres. My work is aligned with feminist ideology, political engagement, and self-reflexivity. Inquiries on gender, identity, and equality pervade my work as I touch on the fragility of human reality.

What is most important to me is creating work that opens up a dialogue with the viewer, raising awareness with what may remain hidden and contemplating our shared worlds.


Arlene Rush is a conceptual multidisciplinary artist who works challenges the theories used to classify art. Rush’s art 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. 
She has exhibited extensively in museums, universities, and galleries worldwide. 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 historically her artistic career. As of 2022 she is on The Creative Center's Advisory Council.
Her work is in numerous collections, among some are: 9/11 Memorial & Museum Artist Registry; 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.

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