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About the Artist

Paul Rucker (Seattle) is a visual artist, composer, and musician who combines media, often 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 a subject. Paul has received numerous grants, awards, and residencies for visual art and music. In 2012, he received an award for Visual Art from the Creative Capital Foundation, a 10-week residency at Headlands Center for the Arts in California, and an Artist Project Grant and Gallery Show from 4Culture. Seattle-area organizations that he has received project funding from in the past include: Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Washington State Arts Commission, King County Site Specific, 4Culture, and Photo Center NW. He has also received funding from the South Carolina Arts Commission, and has been featured in City Arts Magazine. In 2013 he was named Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Artist in Residence and Research Fellow at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Paul received a 2012 GAP to help defray the costs of producing the Assassin Series. Assassin Series parallels lynching of the past with what many would consider lynching of the present by way of shootings that go unprosecuted, or through trials that are dismissed. Specifically, Paul will be looking at victims of police violence and/or inequity in the justice system.

As part of his Fellowship’s Meet the Artist requirements, Paul performed a solo concert demonstrating improvised/spontaneous compositions and extended technique, to a group of 80 at Highline Big Picture High School in SeaTac. Following the performance, Paul talked about his career path to being a musician and visual artist, and what his hopes are for the future.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.