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Paul Rucker

Visual Arts, 2012



Paul Rucker is a visual artist, composer, and musician who often combines media, integrating live performance, sound, original compositions, and visual art. His work is the product of a rich interactive process, through which he investigates community impacts, human rights issues, historical research, and basic human emotions surrounding particular subject matter. Much of his current work focuses on the Prison Industrial Complex and the many issues accompanying incarceration in its relationship to slavery. He has presented performances and visual art exhibitions across the country and has collaborated with educational institutions to address the issue of mass incarceration. Presentations have taken place in schools, active prisons and also inactive prisons such as Alcatraz. Paul Rucker is a iCubed Visiting Arts Fellow embedded at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017.

Paul Rucker

Awards and Accomplishments

2017: iCubed Visiting Arts Fellow embedded at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University.

2017: John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2017

2016: MacDowell Colony Fellowship

2016: Paul Rucker has won a Robert Rauschenberg "Artist As Activist" Fellowship

2015: Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant

2015: Mary Sawyers Baker Prize Winner

2014:

Rucker is the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Artist in Residence and Research Fellow at Maryland Institute College of Art

2014:

Rucker receives a 2014 MAP Fund Grant for Stories From the Trees

2012:

Rucker has residency at Headlands Center for the Arts

2012:

Rucker receives the Conductive Garboil Grant