Amanda Rush, a Chicago born and raised gal, is a visual and performing artist, arts educator, and curator. At the core of her artistic practice are societal concerns that emphasize cultural, traditional, and gender issues. She draws creative stimulus and ethical consternation from highly charged gender roles, the feminine ideal, female sickness, and contemporary politics. She typically creates within the realms of photography, performance, and installation, while utilizing archives, found objects, and oral histories.

EDUCATION
California College of the Arts
Ma in Visual & Critical Studies Candidate, 2020

California College of the Arts
MFA in Fine Arts Candidate,2018

Columbia College Chicago
BFA in Photography, 2015
Minor in Art History, 2015

WORK/EXPERIENCE
Southern Exposure, San Francisco
Youth Mentor and Teaching Artist, September 2017-Present

Orange Box PLAySPACE Gallery
Co-director and Curator, May 2017-Present

PLAySPACE Gallery
Curratorial Residency, January 2017- May 2017

Marwen School of Art
Assitant Teaching Artist, January 2016-September 2016

Center for Community Arts Partnerships
Assistant Teacher, January 2015-August 2015

Columbia College Chicago
Experimental Techniques Photography Lab Aid, August 2014-August 2015

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Blanket Statements,L.A./Chicago/San Francisco, Group Show, 2017
Atrium Showcase,California College of the Arts, Solo Show, 2017
Open Studios Showcase,Californica College of the Arts,Solo Show, 2017
Post IT!, Trapezoid Pop-Up Space, Group Show, 2017
Oak Park Artist Salon, Artist Lecture/Group Show, 2016
Matter In Medium, Throop Studio, Group Show, 2015
Experimental Techniques, Columbia College Chicago, Group Show, 2015
Auckland Festival of Photography, New Zealand, Group Show, 2014
Manifest Urban Arts Festival: BFA Exhibition, Columbia College Chicago, 2014

AWARDS
California College of the Arts, Fine Arts Scholarship, 2016/2017
California College of the Arts, Graduate Chair Award, 2016
Columbia College Chicago Achievement Award, 2010