Olive Rush - 4/1/2017

Olive Rush, Portrait of Mary Austin, ca.1932. Oil on panel. 38 3/4 x 24 in.
Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art.
Gift of the School of American Research (Indian Arts Fund), 1976 (398.23P)

Continuing our look back at some of the artists who have been an important part of the museum's 100 year history, we look to Olive Rush (1873 - 1966). Rush is sometimes referred to as "the first lady of Santa Fe" due to her active involvement in many civic organizations. She began exhibiting her paintings at this museum as early as 1920 and continued regularly, with the largest showing occuring in a 1957 retrospective. The museum owns several of her works. For a more complete look at Rush's life, the School for Advanced Research (formerly known as the School of American Research) has filmed and published this lecture. The Museum of New Mexico Press recently published the first book on Rush, Olive Rush : finding her place in the Santa Fe art colony.

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