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Artist Talk with Rashaun Rucker

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Tuesday, October 03, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Rashaun Rucker (Gilbert Fellow, Cranbrook Academy of Art)
AAHVS Visiting Artist Series

The AAHVS Visiting Artist Series presents an artist talk with Rashaun Rucker (Gilbert Fellow, Cranbrook Academy of Art) on Tuesday, October 3rd at 5:30PM in room A290 Bay 9 on the second floor of Smith Warehouse. Free and open to the public.

Rashaun Rucker (b. 1978, Winston-Salem, NC) is a product of North Carolina Central University and Marygrove College. He makes photographs, prints, and drawings and has won more than 40 national and state awards for his work. In 2008 Ruckerbecame the first African American to be named Michigan Press Photographer of the Year. He also won a national Emmy Award in 2008 for documentary photography on the pit bull culture in Detroit. Rucker was a Maynard Fellow at Harvard in 2009 and a Hearst visiting professional in the journalism department at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013. In 2014 Rucker was awarded an artist residency at the Red Bull House of Art. In 2016 Rucker was honored as a Modern Man by Black Enterprise magazine. In 2017 Rucker created the original artwork for the critically acclaimed Detroit Free Press documentary, 12th and Clairmount.

His work was recently featured in HBO's celebrated series Random Acts of Flyness and the movie Native Son. In 2019 Rucker was the first awardee of Red Bull Arts Detroit grant and was named a Kresge Arts Fellow for his drawing practice. In 2020 Rucker was named a Sustainable Arts Foundation awardee. In 2021 Rucker was awarded a prestigious International Studies and Curatorial Program (ISCP) residency and a Mellon residency at the University of Michigan Institute of Humanities. In 2022 Rucker was selected as the Elevating Diverse Voices Resident at Good Hart Art Residency. Rucker's diverse work is held in permanent collections at Smithsonian NMAAHC, University of Michigan Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, Wake Forest University, and numerous private and public collections. Rucker is currently a Gilbert Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art pursuing a MFA in Print Media.

Sponsored by the Visiting Artist Series of the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Contact: David Massung