W. Jackson Rushing III is Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art. He was educated at the University of Texas at Austin and served previously as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Arts and Humanities at UT-Dallas. He works in several intersecting areas: Native American art; modern and contemporary art; Southwest modernism; theory, criticism, and methodology; museum studies; and post-colonialism and visual culture. His teaching and scholarship explore the interstitial zone between (Native) American studies, anthropology, and art history. For more than twenty years now he has pursued a duality—Native-inspired modernist primitivism and indigenous modernism in the United States and Canada.
Dr. Rushing is a former fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Howard Foundation at Brown University, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the author of Native American Art and the New York Avant-Garde (1995), Teresa Marshall: A Bed to the Bones, (1998) and Allan Houser: An American Master (2004); editor of Native American Art in the Twentieth Century (1999) and After the Storm (2001); and co-author of Modern By Tradition (1995), which received The Southwest Book Award. His essays and art criticism have been published in American Craft, American Indian Magazine (Smithsonian), American Indian Art Magazine, Art Journal, Art on Paper, Flash Art, New Art Examiner, Sculpture, and Third Text.
From 1995 to 1997 he was Vice President of the Native American Art Studies Association and in 1996 he was Interim Director of Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri—St. Louis, where he curated the exhibition “Native Paper.” Dr. Rushing has lectured widely in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. and been a Director of the College Art Association of America.
Recent Professional Activity: The Orion Visiting Scholar, University of Victoria in British Columbia and public lectures at The School of Advanced Research in Santa Fe, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Idyllwild Arts Institute, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Dallas Museum of Art.