Bio/Artist Statement/CV


Judy Rushin’s work is seen by people in museums, galleries, and other alternative viewing environments across the US. Recent exhibitions include The Ringling Museum of Art, The Ulrich Museum, The Orlando Museum of Art, Alexander Brest Museum, Terrain Projects, and Flashpoint Gallery. Her projects vvvvv and Comma are in eleven collections including Vanderbilt University, University of Wisconson, Miami University, MassArt, Baylor University, University of Washington, University of Southern California, Cal Poly University, and University of Utah. She has been featured in Burnaway, Modern Art Notes, The Washington Post, and has completed residencies at MASS MoCA, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Hambidge. Rushin lives in Tallahassee where she is an Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Studio Art at Florida the State University, Co-Director of the FSU Facility for Arts Research and Founder and Curator of Comma, a serial publication of objects and words.


The most significant aspect of my work examines how art functions as a dynamic motivator for forging human networks and shared connections across economic boundaries. The laborious act of making connects me to the working class. However, my continued control over the distribution of the products of my labor places me in a different category. My interest lies in how a working artist straddles both worlds and how this might suggest a bridge between labor and capital. Working within this framework I make paintings, sculptures and collaborative works. 


Professional Experience

2016 – present             Co-Director, Facility for Arts Research, Florida State University
2013 – present             Graduate Program Director, Department of Art, Florida State University
2008 – present            Associate Professor, Department of Art, Florida State University
2006 – 2008                Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Southeastern Louisiana Univ.


Professional Preparation

2006  M.F.A., Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
1981  B.F.A., University of Georgia, Athens, GA. 



Studios At Mass MOCA (2016).
Virginia Center For the Creative Arts (2016).
Three Walls (2012).
Hambidge Center (2009).

Selected Exhibitions

2018       (contracted). Fugitive Painting [solo]. Haas Gallery, Bloomsburg, PA: Bloomsburg University
2018       (contracted). Group Exhbition, C For Concourse, , Knoxville, TN
2018       Comma, V2 Pop-up Show, Happy Motoring, Tallahassee, FL
2016       Painting Can Be A Vampire. University of Texas Art Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2015       Place Names The Place, Group Exhibition. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan
2015       Solar Paintings, Solo Exhibition. Clayton Staples Gallery, Kansas State University, Wichita, KS
2015       Back and Forth: Thinking in Paint, Group Exhibition. Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida
2014      Small Pleasures, Collaborative exhibition with Levente Sulyak. Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS
2014       Between Us: Judy Rushin & [National solo exhibition]. Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC
2014       Verbing Painting, Feature Issue 107, Online Exhibition. Culture Hall, Culture Hall.
2014       Making Now: Open for Exchange, Group Exhibition. FSU Museum of Fine Art, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
2013       Judy Rushin New Works, Solo Exhibition. Center for Emerging Media, Orlando, FL
2013        It Varies, Collaborative exhibition with Justin Witte. The Storefront, Chicago, IL
2013       Hackers and Painters. Collaborative Exhibition with Joelle Dietrick, Alexander Brest Museum, Jacksonville, FL.
2013        Terrain Biennial, Group Exhibition. Terrain Projects, Chicago, IL
2013       Tribute Album. Solo Exhibition, ThreeWalls, Chicago, IL
2012       (e)merge Art Fair. Solo Platform, Capitol Skyline Hotel, Washington, DC
2012       Southern. Group Exhibition, Athens Institute For Contemporary Art, Athens, GA
2012        Judy Rushin. Solo Exhibition, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
2012       Interrabang. Solo Exhibition, Nabit Gallery, Sewanee University, Sewanee, TN
2012        Conspectus: 2012 + East Austin Studio Tour, Co-Lab Projects, Austin, TX
2012       Judy Rushin. Solo Exhibition, Co-Lab Project Space, Austin, TX
2012       The Non-I Protects the I, Three-person Exhibition, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY
2011       Small Pieces Loosely Joined. Group Exhibition, Kiang Projects, Atlanta, GA
2011       Fever Meditations, Solo Exhibition, Landmark Arts, Lubbock, TX
2011       Any Noun Can Be Verbed. Solo Exhibition, Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL
2011       Witness To Creativity. Group Exhibition, Florida Museum For Women Artists, Deland, FL
2011       An Exchange With Sol Lewitt, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA
2010       Subterrain. Group Exhibition, Work:Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI
2010       Mission Accomplished: Hand-to-Hand. Collaborative Group Exhibition with Cecelia Kane, Chaffee Art Center, Burlington, VT
2010       Selections From the Permanent Collection. Group Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern Louisiana University,  Hammond, LA
2008       Connect. Group Exhibition, Prospect 1, Satellite, Trumpet Studio,  New Orleans, LA



Heard Library, Special Collections, Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University.
Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Miami University Library, Special Collections, Miami Univeristy, Oxford Ohio: Miami University.
Godine Library, Artists Book Collection, Boston, MA: Massachusetts College of Art.
Baylor University Libraries, Special Collections, Waco, TX: Baylor University.
Cal Poly Kennedy Library, Special Collections, San Luis Obispo, CA: California Polytechnic State University.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, University of Washington, Seattle, WA: University of Washington.
University of Utah, Marriott Library, Special Collections, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah.
University of Florida, Smathers Library, Special Collections, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL: University of Florida.
University of Southern California, Doheny Library, Special Collections, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA: University of Southern California.
Frick Fine Arts Library, University of Pittsburgh.

Frick Fine Arts Library, University of Pittsburgh.
Miami University Library, Special Collections, Miami Univeristy, Oxford Ohio: Miami University.


Selected Publications and Reviews


2018. Build It And They Will Come: How to Bring the Art World To Your Backwoods Town. Panel Chair, CAA, Los Angeles, CA.
2017.  Paintings Gossip. Paper to be presented at SECAC, Southeast Conference for Art Educators, Roanoke, VA.
2014.  Verbing Painting. Paper presented at MACAC, Mid Atlantic College Art Conference, San Antonio, TX.
2014.  Verbing Painting. Delivered at Texas State University, Texas State University, San Antonio.
2012.  On My Practice. Delivered at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, School of Art and Design.
2012.  My Studio Practice. In Living/Working Space. Presentation at the meeting of Women And Their Work, Austin, TX.
2012.  On My Practice. Delivered at Nelson Projects, N-Space Gallery, Austin, TX.
2012.  Interrabang. Delivered at University of the South, Sewanee, TN.
2011.  The Virtual and the Actual: Painting as Practice and Pedagogy in the Digital Age. Paper presented at Annual Conference, Southeastern College Art Conference, Savannah, GA.
2011.  My Radical Image Reduction. Workshop delivered at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
2011.  Any Noun Can Be Verbed. Delivered at Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL. (Regional)
2010.  Guest Lecturer in Architecture Department. Delivered at FAMU School of Architecture, Tallahassee, Florida, FAMU School of Architecture, Tallahassee, FL.
2009. Compassion and Mierle Ukeles. Delivered at Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

Contracts and Grants

2015.  Solar Paintings. Funded by FSU CRC. Total award $3,000.
2015.  When Worlds Collide. Funded by FSU CRC. Total award $13,000.
2014.  Viv: An Artist Book Edition of Variance Invariance. Funded by FSU CRC. Total award $14,000.
2014.  Sculpture Commission for Comprehensive Emergency Services Center. Funded by CESC. Total award $9,666.
2012. The Secret Social Life of Painting. Funded by FSU CRC. Total award $12,000.
2012. Head, Shoulders, Genes, & Toes. Funded by FSU Division of Sponsored Research (AHPEG). Total award $16,000.
2011.  Planning Grant. Funded by FSU CRC. Total award $12,000.
2009. Exploring Spatial Relationships in the Studio and Beyond. Funded by Florida State University Council on Research and Creativity. Total award $17,000.