Paul Rucker

Baltimore and Seattle

Paul Rucker combines original cello compositions with data visualization and other media to illustrate the disproportional representation of young people of color in juvenile detention, the economics of the prison-industrial complex, the explosive growth of the US prison system, and the relationships among these trends. Read more about his work: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/paul-rucker-rewind_us_560d673ce4b0768127010cf5


Bio: Paul Rucker is a visual artist, musician, and composer who uses visual images and sound to render powerful reflections on racial injustice in America. A native of South Carolina, Rucker’s work investigates the long-term social and economic effects of slavery in the United States, drawing parallels to racially motivated violence, police brutality, mass incarceration, and the criminalization of African Americans. Rucker has presented performances and visual art exhibitions across the country and has collaborated with schools, prisons, and policy institutes to address issues of mass incarceration. His awards include Creative Capital, MAP Fund, Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant, Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a residency at Maryland Institute College of Art as the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation research fellow in Baltimore, MD. 

Photo: Wendy Johnson