Artists of the Sol Studio Honor Ntzokae Shange’s Seminal Poem ‘for colored girls,’ 40 Years Later
Arlene Rush, a New York City-based artist, has exhibited extensively in museums, universities, and galleries across the world. Most recently, her work appeared in AIPAD’s Photography Show; ANTE Magazine: “AIPAD Features Groundbreaking Work by Arlene Rush in Photography Collection of Joe Baio,” as well as Art on Paper with AHA Fine Art Gallery. In September 2018 Rush will be exhibiting her work in an international group exhibition “A New York State of Mind, Stories from unusual suspects”, curated by Elise Tak, at De Cacaofabriek in The Netherlands and “Overlap: Life Tapestries” curated by Vida Sabbaghi at Penn State, Robeson Gallery in PA.
She has been the recipient of the Pat Hearn & Colin De Land Foundation Grant, and a residency to Barcelona, Spain from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. For the last five years of Rush Art Gallery (no relations) she was on the artist advisory board of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.
My practice is united by a common exploration of social and humanistic principles and values that I execute through the mediums of sculpture, new media, installations, and photo-based works. Beginning with an inquiry into our shared social and political environment, my interdisciplinary work investigates the development of an individual’s sense of self and the evolution of a shared consciousness. Here I explore issues surrounding women’s rights, gender and identity, and a concerted reaction to the changing political and social climate of our era.