Rushern Baker IV born in 1987 in Washington, D.C. He lives and works in Prince George’s County, MD. He obtained his MFA from Yale University in 2012, where he also received the Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Award for outstanding achievement in drawing or painting from nature, and a BFA from The Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art in 2009 where he received the same year the Jack Stewart Memorial Prize for Excellence in Painting.
He has exhibited in the U.S.A. and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC, Honfleur Gallery, Washington, D.C., and Scaramouche Gallery, NY as well as in group exhibitions at MOCADA in Brooklyn, The Harvey B. Gantt Center in Charlotte, N.C., The Third Line Gallery in Dubai, UAE, Bowie State University, Bowie, MD, Koki Arts and Motus Fort in Tokyo, and Yale University, New Heaven, CT.
2012 Yale University, M.F.A., Painting/ Printmaking
2009 Cooper Union, B.F.A.
2012 Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Award for outstanding achievement in drawing or painting from nature (Yale University, 2012)
2009 Jack Stewart Memorial Prize for Excellence in Painting (Cooper Union, 2009)
2012 Artist in Resident Program, 39th Street Gallery, Gateway Arts Center
2009-2010 Artist in Resident program, Montpelier Art Center, 2009-2010, Laurel, MD
The Private Collection of Reuben Charles
The Hotel at University of Maryland, College Park
Prince Georges County Governmanet, County Administration Building, Upper Marlboro, MD
2019 Post-World, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, D.C
2015 4 x 4: Painting, Limited Ink Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Under Pressure, Honfleur Gallery, Washington, D.C.
2014 Immutable Fires, Scaramouche, New York, NY
2009 No Consequences, L’Enfant Moderne, Washington D.C.
Armchair Revolutionary, Cooper Union, New York, NY (Thesis Show)
2020 Group show, with Rushern Baker IV, David Leggett and Kathia St. Hilaire, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg
2019 For the Love of Material, Terrault Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Summer Show, Hempill Fine Arts, Washington, DC
2018 More or Less, Hempill Fine Arts, Washington, DC
Simple Passion, Complex Vision, curated by Darryl Atwell, Harvey B Gantt Canter, Charlotte, NC
2017 Painting Not Painting, curated by Tim Doud and Zoë Charlton, ‘Sindikit, Baltimore,MD
A fast, moving sky, curated by Dexter Wimberly, The Third Line Gallery, Dubai, U.A.E.
The Future is Abstract, The Harvey B. Gantt Center, Charlotte, NC
2016 Alchemical Vessels, curated by Kunk Patel, Smith Center, Washington, DC
2014 Do the Yale Thing, curated by Dexter Wimberly, N’Namdi Center, Detroit, MI
2013 The Straight, curated by Gail Vollrath and Zofie Lang, Catalyst Projects Washington, D.C.
Pattern Recognition, curated by Dexter Wimberly, MoCADA, Brooklyn, NY
We Have Never Been Modern, with Sam Vernon and Rushern Baker IV,
2012 Momentum, curated by Sam Vernon, Bowie State University, Bowie, MD
Eye Off the Flag, curated by Mark Thomas Gibson, Koki Arts and Motus Fort,Tokyo, Japan
The Virgins 5: Its a small, small world, curated by Tommy Coleman and Jayson Scott Musson, Family Business, New York, NY
Spring Benefit, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
Scatology-eschatology Show,Yale University, New Haven, CT
Thesis Exhibition,Yale University, New Haven, CT
2011 Second Year Show, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2010 CAA Show, Hunter College, New York, NY
First Year Show, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Rites of Passage, curated by Thomas Micchelli, 41 Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Toussaint, Katie, “A look at ‘The Future is Abstract’ told me all I need to know for now” Charlotte Five, Jan. 30, 2017
Editorial Team, “Artist Spotlight: Rush Baker IV, a Legacy of Service” East City Art, Jan. 17, 2017
Kalsi, Jyoti, “In a constant state of flux” Gulf News, July 5, 2017
Butler, Sharon, “Painting Not Painting in Baltimore” Two Coats of Paint, July 17, 2017
Hannum, Terence, “A Review of Painting Not Painting at sindikit” Bmore Art, Aug.14, 2017
Schreiber, Barbara, “Why collect art? These two shows at the Gantt get at the point” Charlotte Observer, Dec. 27, 2017
Ford, William J., “Prince George’s Museum Showcases African-American Art, Culture” Washington Informer, Oct. 20, 2016
Editorial Team, “Honfleur Gallery Presents Under Pressure by Rush Baker” East City Art, May. 5, 2015
Jenkins, Mark, “D.C. gallery shows: ‘Curio,’ ‘The Straight,’ ‘Color, Earth, Andes’ and more,” The Washington Post, Dec. 27, 2013
Sutton, Benjamin, “Looking for the Tradition of Black Abstraction at MoCADA,” Blouin Art Info, Oct. 24, 2013
Walker, Elspeth, “Pattern Recognition at MoCADA” Daily Serving, Sept. 26, 2013
Gay, Gale Horton, “Son of P.G. County Exec Baker Expresses World View Through Art” Washington Informer, July 31, 2013
Keck, Catie, “Pattern Recognition Opens at MoCADA” The Huffington Post, July. 26, 2013
Thorne, James, “Pattern Recognition at MoCADA” Cool Hunting, July 18, 2013
Gertler, Aaron, “Rushern Baker: A middle ground,” Yale Daily News, Feb. 17, 2012
H. Polk, Jeremy, “Rites of Passage: 1995-2009,” Gallery Crawl, Feb. 12, 2010
Mc Gill, Natalie, “Cheverly native balances politics and artistry,” The Gazette, Feb. 18, 2010