Tommie Rush, a native of Mobile, Alabama, is a glass artist who lives and maintains a studio, Tomco Inc., in Knoxville, Tennessee. She began her early studies in ceramics which ultimately lead her to working in glass. By 1980, Tommie Rush began to share a studio space with renowned artist Richard Jolley, of whom she married several years later. Through tireless experimentation and the development of custom blended glass mixed in the studio, Tommie Rush has created a unique and identifiable style which has been celebrated in over 75 exhibitions and will be honored in a retrospective exhibition at the Mobile Museum of Art in the spring of 2011. Her work can be found in numerous private and museum collections throughout the United States including the Sheldon Art Museum and Sculpture Garden in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C., the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, Tennessee, among others. Most recently Tommie Rush completed a glass and welded steel site specific commission for the headquarters of Scripps Networks in Knoxville, Tennessee. As a tireless supporter of the arts, Tommie Rush has served on several national boards including the Glass Art Society in Seattle, Penland School of Craft, Asheville, North Carolina, and currently with the American Craft Council located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is very active with her local arts community.
1972-1976 BFA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
1975 Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
1976 Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
1976-1981 Northshore Pottery, One-person clay studio, Knoxville, Tennessee
1986 Galerie Angela Hollings, Hameln, West Germany
Bank of Nashville Corporation, Nashville, Tennessee
Boatmen's Bank, Memphis, Tennessee
McDonald's Corporation, Oakbrook, Illinois
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama
Morgan Keegan and Company Inc., Memphis, Tennessee
North Carolina State University Museum of Art and Design, Raleigh, North Carolina
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana
Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Scripps Networks, Knoxville, TN
Sheldon Art Museum and Sculpture Garden, Lincoln, NE
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
2011 Mobile Museum of Art, Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush: A Life in Glass, Mobile, AL
2008 Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, The Art of Giving, Group Show, Louisville, KY
2007 The Glass Menagerie, Fire & Form, Group Show, Corning, NY
2006 Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Group Show, Colorado Springs, CO
2003 Kentucky Museum of Art and Design, The Glass Vessel, Louisville, KY
2001 American Craft Museum, Objects for Use, New York, NY
Reston Arts Center, Art of Glass, Reston, VA
2000 Lighthouse Center for the Arts, Glass Masterworks, Tequesta, FL
1999 Gallery W.D.O., The Nature of Things, Charlotte, NC
1998 Tennessee State Museum, Celebrating Tennessee Women Artists, Nashville, TN
1996 Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery, Spotlight '96, Louisville, KY
1995 Fellow's Choice Exhibition, ACE, Juried show, Baltimore, MD
1994 Museum of New Mexico, Romantic Modernism, Benefit Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM
1993 Spirit House, Sculpture Center, New York, NY
1992 Hunter Museum, Benefit Auction, Chattanooga, TN, Juried Invitational
1989 Smithsonian Museum Shop, Holiday show, Washington, DC
1987-89 Yamaha Galleries, Group exhibition, Japan
1988 Mobile Museum of Art, Two-person exhibition, Mobile, AL
American Craft Museum, Benefit Auction, New York, NY, Invitational
Alliance Museum, Two-person exhibition, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
1987 Galerie Angela Hollings, Two-person exhibition, Hameln, Germany
1986 Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc., Group exhibition, Winston-Salem, NC, Invitational
Green Daffodil Vase, 2017
Blown and sculpted glass, 13 x 6 x 5"
Iridescent Amethyst with Yellow Tulips and Silver Leaf, 2019
Hot sculpted glass 15 x 7 x 5"
Iridescent Bubble Glass Daffodil Vase, 2017
Blown and sculpted 15 x 7.5 x 6"
Iridescent Sliver Leaf Green with Crystal Tulips 2019
Hot sculpted glass 17.5 x 8 x 5"
Tulip Bowl Amber, 2017
Blown and sculpted glass 8 x 10.5 x 13"