Ken Rush

1. How and when you first met Harry Roseman – We met Harry at an opening of an artshow in which my son George Rush was one of three artists. The opening was at Purchase Suny at 5pm on November 7, 2013.


2. A statement about your work and/or a brief autobiographical statement – I knew I had to be an artist when I cried at a sunset while sitting on a hill when I was 67 in an all male boarding school. I discovered I liked teaching art when I was desperate for a job in 1972 and stared working in an elementary school. I have been doing both interchangeably since. Ken Rush balances his time between his life as a teacher and as an artist. Ken graduated from Syracuse University, School of Fine Arts, where he was the recipient of the senior award in painting. He also studied at the Sir John Cass College of Art in London, England, and at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Between 2001 and 2009, his work was represented by Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery in New York City, where he had a one-person exhibition in 2006. He has had solo exhibitions at the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester, Vermont, and Ken’s paintings have been reviewed in Artnews (April 2005), Vermont Life magazine and the Lebanon based design magazine, Aïshti, while two of his 1971 oils sold at Christie’s in New York in 2010.

His1990’s children’s books (The Seltzer Man, Friday’s Journey, and What About Emma?) were reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Smithsonian Magazine, and School Library Journal. The Seltzer Man was rereleased  in paperback by Simon and Schuster last summer.

Ken has been the upper school visual arts teacher at Packer Collegiate Institute since 1978, and lives with his wife, Packer librarian Christine, and their two dogs in Brooklyn and in Vermont. He has four children and three grandchildren, and, at the age of 64, feels that life is just starting.


- November 10, 2013




"Red Study," 2013