George Rush

1. – I first met Harry through Gina Ruggeri, whom I’ve known since 1988. Gina suggested that I teach a drawing course at Vassar, and Harry called to see if I was available. I was eager to do it, and was at my father’s house in Vermont when we spoke by telephone. Telephone meetings are funny, I think; in recall, I visualize the place I was speaking from rather than the person’s face. In Harry’s case, I remember the oriental rug on an overcast winter day in the living room of my dad’s place.

2. – George Rush is a painter living and working in Brooklyn. He received a B.F.A. in painting from Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1992, and an M.F.A. in visual art from Columbia University in 1998. He has had solo exhibitions both in the U.S. and abroad, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions. He has taught at Columbia University and Vassar College, and in 2004 was the Artist-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee. In 2004, he was a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow in painting. Since 2004 George has been on the faculty at Yale, and was appointed lecturer and assistant to the director of painting/printmaking in 2006.

— June 2007