R. Kim Rushing was born in Tylertown, MS in 1961. He studied photojournalism at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. He received a B.F.A. from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN in 1986, and an M.F.A. from the University of Texas in Austin, TX in 1989.
Kim was a professor of art at Delta State University for 28 years where he started the first B.F.A. emphasis in photography in Mississippi in 1994 He directed that program until 2018. He is now teaching part time at Mississippi College, where he has worked to install another photography program. He has served on the Board of Governors for the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters since 1998.