From the Living Room

2016, oil on garments on board


between 113 and 121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC 29730

Cotton Alley serves as a passage from the White Street parking lot, behind Wells Fargo and the Center for the Arts, to East Main Street. 

Alleys as Gallerys transforms York County, South Carolina's well-traveled alleys into art galleries that feature works by local and regional artists.

From the Living Room, 2016

Born in Charlotte, NC, Caroline graduated with a BFA in Painting from East Carolina University in 1993. Consequently, she earned an MFA in Painting from Winthrop University in 1997. In a synthesis of emotion and intellect, her art is based upon aspects of the feminine, one’s relationship to her body, and objects of femininity. Inspired by historic research, fashion, and sociology her work provides a means to develop dialogues regarding sense of self, identity, and physical appearance.

With an intimate and compassionate eye, Rust uses the mediums of painting and sculptural assemblage in powerful applications for addressing gender paths and social issues that stem from personal experiences of her own and various women throughout history. Her works regard the dressing table and the woman’s approach to her looking glass; blending those moments which expose her internal life and when she contemplates the practices to which she clings or repels. Challenging assumptions of femininity and gender roles, expressionistically painted imagery charged with color is a-top low relief surfaces of up-cycled garments and undergarments carefully selected from her wardrobe and vintage collections. The clothes are turned inside out revealing facets of the hidden-self and are used to explore personal and emotional aspects of fashion. Rust’s work emerges as a fresh method to creating canvas and visually illuminating vulnerability.


Investigating character and inward power, Rust’s pieces are in constant search for identity in hopes of naming the person within. When working, she is emotionally engrossed in the process of creating while simultaneously channeling her source of inspiration, be it person or place. She often thinks of her own moments of vulnerability, opposing feelings, and times she experienced violation and empowerment as well as those of others she has learned about. 


Rust's artworks are featured in national exhibitions and procured by corporate and private collectors worldwide. She has exhibited in galleries in Charlotte, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and NYC to name a few. To her credit, Rust has achieved numerous significant awards for her work. Selected accomplishments include: 2017 ArtPop Street Gallery Artist in Charlotte NC, ‘best of show’ in the 2016 exhibit InVISIBLE in Pittsburgh, 2015 Artist in Residence at McColl Center for Art+Innovation in Charlotte, work selected to represent artists of SC during the 2013 Biennial, and ‘best of show’ in the 2012 exhibit From a Different Point of View in Pittsburgh. Rust is repeat recipient of Artist Grants from both the Charlotte Mecklenburg Arts & Science Council and the Arts Council of York County, and a member of the National Association of Women Artists NY, NY.  She currently serves on the national board of directors for ArtPop Street Gallery and on is an officer on the board for the Women’s Art Initiative, Rock Hill SC. | more info



Caroline Rust is a member of the ArtPop Street Gallery - Charlotte class of 2016. As an alumna of ArtPop Street Gallery, Caroline was one of the first artists in York County, SC to be invited to participate in the Alleys as Gallerys program. | more info



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