Photographs of Olive Rush and Native American Artists Painting Frescoes, from the Olive Rush Papers

About the Project

Illustrator, muralist, and art educator Olive Rush was born in Indiana in 1875. After several visits and exhibitions in New Mexico, Rush moved permanently to Santa Fe in 1920. She established a studio and home in an adobe house on Canyon Road, which became a main thoroughfare of the Santa Fe artists' community.

Rush's enthusiastic work in the 1930s with the young Pueblo artists is credited with helping to bring about a flourishing of Native American visual art in New Mexico. Rush continued to work with Native American artists throughout her life, and many of her associates went on to gain national reputations, including Harrison Begay, Awa-Tsireh, Pop Chalee, Pablita Valerde, and Ha-So-De (Narciso Abeyta).

Help transcribe the identifications and notes on the backs of photographs of Olive Rush working with Native American artists on frescoes at Maisel's Indian Trading Post, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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