- B.S. Anthropology
- Northern Kentucky University
Gregory Rust uses a subtle mix of anthropology, professional experience and intuition to create photographs that lay bare the underlying thread of humanity common to all people. His masterful use of color, light and composition produce an almost-instant bond of familiarity between subject and viewer, regardless of setting or geographical location. A self-described cultural chameleon, Rust received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Northern Kentucky University in 1978. He has done an extensive photographic study on Native American culture, recently initiating an exhibit at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati that explored cultural sports mascots.
He has served as director of photography for Xavier University for more than 30 years, work that has taken him on assignment to Italy, Ireland, Nicaragua, Nepal, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Ghana, Cuba and Peru. Rust’s photographs have been instrumental in recruiting students including student athletes to Xavier. His work with alumni has helped booster relationships with Xavier that are beneficial for development. Rust works with students, board members, faculty and staff to help solidify the family image that is Xavier.
Rounding out his considerable experience, Rust also works as the official photographer for both of Cincinnati’s major-league sports teams—the Reds since 1990 and Bengals since 1995. His work has been shown and published widely. As a fifth-generation farmer, Rust and his family raise Quarter horses on their farm in Pendleton County, Kentucky. His proudest moments at Xavier were watching his two daughters receive their degrees from Fr.Graham!