Richard Rush Studio - Artists - Chamber Gallery

Richard B. Rush (1916–2001) was a model maker and businessman whose Richard Rush Studio Inc. grew from a one-man operation into a half-million-per-year business that employed up to forty artisans. The studio, which he set up after concluding his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1939, became the maker of official U.S. presidential seals among other, wide-ranging model-making engagements, which included a 14-foot grasshopper for the Smithsonian Institute and a lifesize transparent model of the female anatomy, according to a report in the Lexington Dispatch in 1969. While much of his business came from medical, scientific, and natural history museums, it included some commissions from art museums–even if they weren’t numerous enough for Rush. “We are not in art museums—yet our whole business is art,” he said in 1968.



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