Born Calgary AB Canada
Lives and works in Nakusp B.C. Canada
1982 Parsons School of Design, New York, NY. "Parsons in Japan" Summer Program, Tokyo Japan
1980 Banff Center, Banff AB "Fiber Interchange Program"
1974-1980 Alberta College of Art and Design. Major in Textiles and Mixed Media
1981-2011 Art related travel and research: Mexico, Venezuela, Guatemala, Thailand, Burma, Japan, Hong Kong, England, Belize, Honduras, and USA
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
2020 Public Art Grant , outdoor mural -Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, Columbia Basin Trust, B.C.
2017 Solo Exhibition Award Jan/Feb- Light Space & Time Online Gallery, Jupiter Florida
2010 Major Project Funding - Arts Grant 2010, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, Columbia Basin Trust B.C.
1990 Project Grant, Alberta Culture, Edmonton AB
1988 Travel Grant, Alberta Culture, Edmonton AB
1980 Scholarship Banff Center, Banff AB
1979 Cultural Assistance Award, Edmonton AB
Alberta Art Foundation
Southern Alberta Energy Resources
Brass Tacts Holdings
Numerous international and national private collections
ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2017 "Grounded" Langham Gallery, Kaslo B.C.
2017 " Grounded " Gallery 2, Grand Forks B.C.
2014" Under Box Mountain "The Okotocks Art Gallery, Okotocks Alberta
2013 " Under Box Mountain (a selection) "Studio Connexion, Nakusp B.C.
2002 " Collections, Constructions, and Gatherings." The Prairie Art Gallery, Grand Prairie AB
2001 " New Constructions " The Silverton Art Gallery, Silverton B.C.
2000 " New Constructions" ALFA Gallery, Nakusp B.C.
1999 " Elemental Junk " The New Gallery, Calgary AB
1994 " Floor Cloths" Mixed Media Gallery, Calgary AB
1991 " Domestic Spirits " The Window Project Plus 15, Calgary Performing Arts Center
1990 " New Constructions" Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary AB
1988 "New Work" The Shayne Gallery, Montreal Quebec
" New Constructions " Cover to Cover Book Cafe, Calgary AB
1985 " New Work " Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton AB
" Studio: An Installation" Off Center Center, Calgary AB
1980 " Strange Contents" Muttart Art Gallery, Calgary AB
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 Summer Survey #2 Jarvis Hall Fine Art, Calgary AB
The Language of Drawing travelling exhibition, The Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar B.C. The Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks B.C.
2000 Silver: Celebrating 25 Years of Artist Run Centers in Calgary, Illingsworth Kerr Gallery, ACAD Calgary AB
The First International Biennial of Artist Trading Cards The New Gallery, Calgary AB
1998 Celebrating a Legacy Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton AB
1993 Interiors Triangle Gallery, Calgary AB
Canadian Artists to the Benefit of Olga Havel Foundation Prahue, Czech.
1992 Recycled Art Triangle Gallery, Calgary AB
1991 Marks of Distinction Beaver House Exhibition Space, Edmonton AB
Group Show Barton Leir Gallery, Victoria B.C.
1990 Group Show Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary AB
1989 Group Show The Shayne Gallery, Montreal Que
1988 Director's Choice Virginia Christopher Galleries
Five Calgary Artists 4th St. Fast Frames Gallery, Calgary AB
1987 The Exchange Show Off Center Center, Calgary AB. Exhibition travelled to Art Space Osaka Japan, Centro Lavora Arte Milano Italy, Buch Julilius Stuttgart Germany, Contemporary Art Museum Tokyo Japan.
The Individuals Muttart Art Gallery, Calgary AB
November Show The Shayne Art Gallery, Montreal Que
1986 By Means of Line Muttart Art Gallery
1985 A Measure of Success Illingsworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary AB
Points North Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB
Whirlygigs: Commissioned and Collected Illingsworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary AB
1984 Contemporary Art in Southern Alberta Off Center Center, Calgary AB
Three Artists, Three Approaches Westlands Gallery, Calgary AB
1980 Fiber Interchange Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff AB
Calgary Young Artists Exhibition Muttart Art Gallery
REVIEWS AND NOTICES
July 2021 Revelstoke Review/Arrow Lakes News "Look beneath the surface" by Jocelyn Doll
July 2021 The Valley Voice "Final Prep underway for new Nakusp mural"by John Boivin
Jan 2021 The Valley Voice"Western toad mural by Debra Rushfeldt to be installed in Nakusp this spring" by Jan McMurray
Jan 2014 The Okotoks Western Wheel "Artist shares home life in drawings" by Tammy Rollie
June 2013 The Valley Voice "Nakusp Artist Debra Rushfeldt to open Studio Connexion exhibition season" by Art Joyce
June 2013 The Arrow Lakes News "Artist finds Stillness Under Box Mountain" by Claire Parades
Mar 2003 The Calgary Herald, "Visual Artistry" by Maureen De Patie
Dec 2002 Avenue Magazine, "Arts and Crafts Double Take" by Rita Sirignano
Sep 2001 Artwork featured in movie "Cover Story" filmed in Calgary AB
April 2000 Included in AFA @25 Art Collection Alberta Foundation for the Arts Virtual Gallery
July 2000 Arrow Lakes News "Artist Explores Roots of Transformation" Nakusp B.C.
Aug 2000 The Valley Voice, New Denver B.C.
Mar 1999 The Calgary Herald, "New Works Emerge from the Hearts and Minds of Two Generations" by MaryBeth Laviolette
Fast Forward Weekly by Anne Severson
Mar 1989 Visual Arts Newsletter, "New Acquisitions" by Nora Abercrombie Calgary
Jan 1988 Visual Arts Newsletter, "The Individuals" by Mauve Spain, CalgaryAB
Oct 1986 The Calgary Herald "By Means of Line" by Nancy Tousley
Mar 1986 Vangard Visual Arts Magazine, "Studio" by Mary Beth Laviolette
Jan 1986 Lethbridge Meliorist, "Points North" by Richard McRae