Artist Kent Rush Discusses his Work--Creating Art at the Intersection of Photography and Printing at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

EUGENE, Ore. -- (April 3, 2017) –  On Wednesday April,12, at 5:30 p.m., artist Kent Rush will discuss his process of experimentation and how his art operates at the intersection of printmaking and photography. The artist’s talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon campus. In addition to his talk, Rush is teaching a one-week intensive lithography workshop for the University of Oregon Department of Art. Both the talk and workshop are made possible with the generous support of Drs. Elizabeth D. Moyer and Michael C. Powanda.


With a background in printmaking, drawing, and painting, over the past twenty years, Rush has appropriated photography as a means of making images. His use of blatantly discarded signs of human existence as subjects gives focus to the ideas behind the objects rather than the objects themselves.  For more than thirty-five years, Rush has taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio teaching drawing, photography, and printmaking


“I had the opportunity to first see Kent Rush’s work at the home of the Powandas,” recalls JSMA executive director Jilll Hartz.  “The beauty of his images combined with his mastery of lithography is unusual.  When I learned that the Art Department is not currently teaching lithography but was interested in sharing that process with their students, we offered to bring him to Eugene.  This is the third exciting collaboration with the Print Department and we thank Professor Christine Liu and Mika Aono, their master printmaker, for sharing our educational goals, as well as the Powandas for making it possible.”


Rush was born in California in the late 1940s and spent his formative years in the Bay Area surrounded by the intellectual and political art of the 1960s. He received his BFA in art, drawing, and printmaking at the former California College of Arts and Crafts in 1970. He received his Master’s Degree at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he studied art and lithography, and later his MFA at the University of Texas at Austin.  His art has been shown extensively in the United States as well as in Brazil, England, France, Mexico, and Peru.


About the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is a premier Pacific Northwest museum for exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art. The mission of the museum is to enhance the University of Oregon’s academic mission and to further the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for the general public.  The JSMA features significant collections galleries devoted to art from China, Japan, Korea, Europe, and the Americas as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of seven museums—and the only academic art museum-- in Oregon accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.


The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Free admission is given to ages 18 and under, JSMA members, college students with ID, and University of Oregon faculty, staff and students. For information, contact the JSMA, 541-346-3027.


About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.


Contact: Debbie Williamson Smith, 541-346-0942,


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