Brad Cushman is a studio artist, curator and educator living in Little Rock, Arkansas. He taught art for 12 ½ years at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant before taking the position as Gallery Director at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2000. He studied art at Illinois College from 1980-84 in Jacksonville where he received a BA in Studio Art, and then went on to receive an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art (outside of Detroit, Michigan) from 1984 – 86. His recent solo exhibitions have featured solarplate etchings and mixed media works.
2005 - Block Parties, Birthdays and Basement Games, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
2004 - Basement Games and the Tower of Rabbit Babble, Mighty Fine Art Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2004 - Block Parties, Birthdays and Basement Games Gallery 26, Little Rock
In 2001, he was awarded the Grand award for the 44th Annual Delta Exhibition by Allison Saar and in 1989 he received a six-week summer study grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study Post Modernism Theory at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
Previous solo and group exhibitions include:
1990 - 33rd Annual Delta Exhibition;
1993 - 22nd Prints, Drawings and Photography Exhibition (Both Arkansas Art Center);
1996 - Sex, Recognition, and Money at 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX, Brad Cushman and Dot Duvall;
2000 - Film/Strip/Tease was exhibited at Texas Woman's
University, Denton, TX and Gallery 26 in Little Rock;
2001 - 44th Annual Delta Exhibition; 2003, 46th Annual
Other exhibits include:
1997- Duck and Cover at the University of Texas, Dallas - Mark Monroe, Dot Duvall and Brad Cushman - curated by Robert McAn
1998 - Routine Aberrations at 500X Gallery, located at Deep Ellum of Dallas, TX, MaryNicolett, Keitha Lorwrance and Brad Cushman
Numerous group exhibitions at 500x where he was a member of the
coop space from 1994 – 2000.
Between 1999 and 2002, he participated in three out of five volumes of an artist collective project called INBOX organized by Amy Wilson in NYC. The following institutions purchased the project.
Museum of Modern Art
NY Public Library, Whitney Museum of American Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Brooklyn Museum of Art and
The Art Institute of Chicago - Artist Books Collection
Printmaking in the Sun by Dan Weldon and Pauline Muir, (Watson Guptill Publications, 2001); This book is a guide to making solarplate etchings. Featuring examples by contemporary artists working in this medium it including a reproduction of a humorous print created by Brad Cushman based on incorrect test answers. It is entitled Cubism: Work done by Cuban Artists.
Shell Shaker by Leanne Howe (Aunt Lute Books, 2001); Features Brad Cushman’s Art Car, The Peanutmobile (later The Tie Rod) as a character in the novel. A photograph of the car is on the cover of the book.
ArtCars: The Car, The Artists, The Obsession, TheCraft by Harrod Blank 2002 features a wheel shot of The Tie Rod appears on the facing page to the