Rock Hushka | Professional Profile
Rock Hushka is Director of Curatorial Administration and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art at Tacoma Art Museum. He earned his Bachelor of Art degrees in history and art history and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington. He received his Master of Arts degree in art history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1994. Before joining the Tacoma Art Museum, Hushka held positions on the curatorial staff at the Seattle Art Museum and worked in the collections of the Henry Art Gallery at University of Washington. Hushka also serves as an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington.
At Tacoma Art Museum, Hushka has curated more than 50 exhibitions including The Politics of Abstraction; Sparkle Then Fade; The Forty Part Motet by Janet Cardiff, and the nationally touring Lewis and Clark Territory: Contemporary Artists Revisit Place, Race, and Memory. He has increasingly focused on the art of the Northwest, completing eleven major exhibition and catalogue projects including three Northwest Biennials, The Romantic Vision of Michael Brophy; Loud Bones: The Jewelry of Nancy Worden; and Where Sky Meets Earth: The Luminous Landscapes of Victoria Adams. Hushka has worked to build the museum’s permanent collection, adding more than 1600 works by Northwest artists, ranging from major historical paintings by Morris Graves and Mark Tobey to recent digital media and conceptual works.
Under his leadership of the artistic program, Tacoma Art Museum has received major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for a handbook of the Northwest art collection and, with his co-curator Dr. Jonathan Katz, Hushka received a 2010 Research Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for the forthcoming exhibition Art, AIDS, America.