Annette Rusin

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Annette Rusin is a visual artist located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY. Her artistic practice includes sculpture, installation, and works on paper. She has used unorthodox drawing tools and manipulated wall surface layers to explore ritual, vanity and conformity in the man-made, ready-made world.

She began her career in the arts at Rhode Island School of Design where she recieved a Bachelor of Architecture and spent a year studying architecture in Rome. After RISD, she relocated to Philadelphia to work for Robert Venturi. Rusin spent approximately 6 years working for various architectural firms, notably James Stewart Polshek in New York City.

As a young architect, Rusin discovered the small transfer drawings of Paul Klee and became fascinated by the irregular, fibrous line that resulted from his process. This, combined with her love of drawing and drafting, inspired her to refocus on her work as a visual artist. "As strange as it might seem, that line and how it was made - is fundamental to my work as a visual artist. It's an element that I repeatedly return to in my artwork," she says. After obtaining her MFA in painting at Hunter College in New York City, Rusin went on to develop a hybrid pintmaking/transfer drawing technique on vellum paper that earned her residencies at MacDowell and Millay, among other prizes, grants, and awards.

Annette Rusin has exhibited nationally and had her work acquired by private and corporate collections. She was awarded a 2009-2010 A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship and had work on view in the A.I.R. Gallery Biennial curated by Lilly Wei in March 2009. She was invited to exhibit twenty works on paper from her Cosmetic Dreams Series at the International Incheon Women Artists' Biennale in Incheon, Korea, August 2009. Rusin had her A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship solo show, Road Work at A.I.R. Gallery and created Road Work Interventions to coincide with the 2010 DUMBO Arts Festival. She featured a large-scale work on vellum paper at the 2011 Sofia International Paper Biennial in Sofia, Bulgaria. Rusin organized and co-curated Privacy Please! a juried, exhibition at A.I.R. Gallery with guest curator Erin Riley-Lopez in November 2011.

Recent group exhibitions include The Indifference of Wisdom, NURTUREart, Hair, Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University Newark, Drawing Connections, Boston Center for the Arts, A Fine Line: Contemporary Drawing, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, Synthetic Zero, Bronx Arts Space, Bronx, NY and Soliloquy Concepto Hudson, Hudson, NY. Rusin is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (Bachelor of Architecture) and Hunter College (MFA, Painting) and is an Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts grant recipient.

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