3-D Design, Architecture, Book Making, Calligraphy, Education, Furniture, Mixed Media, Public Art, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
Denise was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her interest in art began at an early age, and was nurtured by her parents and her elementary school teachers. She honed her artistic talents as an independent study art student at Union High School. With a solid foundation of artistic endeavors she chose to study interior design at Michigan State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Art degree. Denise’s passion for and pursuit of design excellence has led her to work for international architectural firms in Detroit, and Chicago, before becoming a full-time academic. Denise now resides in Boston, Massachusetts, where she is the director of undergraduate interior architecture and instructor at Boston Architectural College.
Accomplishments / CV
ARTPRIZE 2014, ::Whither thou goest, I will go::. ArtPrize is a radically open, independently organized international art competition. Occurring annually, the 19-day competition turns three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan into an open playing field for art and creative expression. At ArtPrize, everyone is invited to find a voice in the conversation about what art is, and why art matters. It's unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and the public alike. ArtPrize 2014 takes place September 24-October 12.
Denise created two large scale public art pieces to raise money for Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute ("Heart's in Pink" 2011) and Ronald McDonald House ("Tranquility" 2012). Both pieces were exhibited on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
SUMMARY OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Currently Denise serves as Director of Undergraduate Interior Architecture, in the School of Interior Architecture, at The BAC - Boston Architectural College, which is New England's largest independent college of spatial design. Prior to joining The BAC she was an adjunct professor of Interior Architecture in the Art + Design department of Columbia College Chicago, the largest and most diverse private arts and media college in the nation. She was formerly adjunct faculty at Harrington College of Design, the International Academy of Design & Technology, and the Illinois Institute of Art.
Before going into private practice, Denise held an academic appointment as the Visiting Interior Designer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was a director at the international architectural firm of Perkins + Will in Chicago, a project manager at the international architectural firm of the SmithGroup in Detroit, and design resource director of WorkPlace Integrators in Detroit
Ms. Rush has spoken at the 2011 NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) Conference in Atlanta; the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), Interiors 08 National Conference in New Orleans; The Black Women’s Expo in Chicago; and was a panelist at NeoCon 2010 in Chicago.
Denise holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Spertus Institute of Jewish Leadership in Chicago with a concentration in fundraising and development; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University. Denise is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Specialties: Interior Design | Design Education | Public Speaking | Art