Taylor Wright Rushing


About the Artist

Taylor Wright Rushing was born in Tacoma, Washington. He was introduced to craft while working as a production glass blower in the Pacific Northwest. He apprenticed under a custom carpenter in the United Kingdom and played in a professional old-time string band in Austin, Texas.

Rushing was the inaugural artist-in-residence at Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden in the summer of 2016. In the spring of 2019, he was an artist-in-residence at the Bubbler at Madison Public Library. Rushing holds a bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, and an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s woodworking department. He has shown his work nationally, including at the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas and the Red Bull Art House in Detroit. Rushing is based in Atlanta, Georgia, where he repairs violins, whittles, and is learning to grow blue-ribbon watermelon. 


Take a Studio Tour

Want to learn more about our Artist-in-Residence Taylor Wright Rushing? Tune in for a tour of his Atlanta-based studio, where he surrounds himself with objects that inspire him as he works on his illustrations, instruments, and tramp art-inspired whittling. Rushing will join us in person for a residency in the Social STUDIO later this year.
Art practices like Rushing’s and artist Adolph Vandertie help preserve knowledge and art practices from different cultures and times in history. Learn more about Adolph Vandertie in the exhibition Good Road to Follow. Use our new family-friendly exhibition overview to explore the 360-degree exhibition walkthrough and discover more Vandertie- inspired projects at home.



Taylor Wright Rushing Studio Tour

Ready to learn something new?

Since their inception, "zines," or small self-published books, have been used to show step-by-step methods for cooking, carving, crafting and other activities. Use the zine-folding guide designed by Taylor Wright Rushing, STUDIO artist-in-residence, to make a zine that teaches a skill that you know, via words and images.



What you will need

 A piece of paper (the bigger the better), scissors, and something to draw/write with. Be expressive, have fun, and share your work by taking a video or photo of your finished zine and email it to education@jmkac.org.


Taylor Wright Rushing Whittle a Critter

Whittle a Critter

Follow Taylor’s step-by-step zine to create your own duck! Be resourceful by using materials you already have, or order these materials while being “safer at home.” Kids, please ask a parent for help with this project.

  • For whittling with wood: A piece of pre-milled basswood and a carving knife
  • For whittling with carving foam: carving foam or a piece of pink insulation foam and a corrugated cardboard cutter