Patron Saints of a Black Boy by Rashaun Rucker

Exhibition Dates:

The Art League Gallery: October 21 – January 7, 2024

The South Bend Museum of Art is excited to present the solo exhibition of Detroit-based artist Rashuan Rucker in The Art League Gallery in late October.

Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Rashaun Rucker attended 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, Rucker became the first African American to be named Michigan Press Photographer of the Year. The same year, he won a national Emmy Award for documentary photography on the pitbull culture in Detroit. Rucker has held numerous fellowships and residencies, including: the Maynard Fellowship at Harvard in 2009; a Hearst visiting professional in the journalism department at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2013; an artist residency at the Red Bull House of Art in 2014; Kresge Arts Fellowship in 2019; a residency at the International Studios and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn, New York in 2021; and a Mellon Fellowship at the University of Michigan Institute of Humanities in 2021.

Rucker has been honored as a Modern Man by Black Enterprise magazine in 2016 and created the original artwork for the critically acclaimed Detroit Free Press documentary 12 and Clairmount. His work was recently featured in HBO’s celebrated series Random Acts of Flyness and Native Son. In 2019, Rucker was awarded the Red Bull Arts Detroit micro grant that was followed by A Sustainable Arts Foundation award in 2020 and a Visual Arts Grant by the Harpo Foundation in 2021. Currently, Rucker is a Gilbert Fellow pursuing a MFA in print media at Cranbrook Academy of Art. His diverse work is represented in numerous public and private collections.

In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 50 x 35 inches, 2023. (Photo Credit: CJ Benninger)

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A Cool Breeze of Love by Rashaun Rucker. Graphite and colored pencil on paper. 50 x 35 inches, 2023.

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