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 Rucker became 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 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 as well as named a Kresge Visual Arts Fellow for his drawing practice. Rucker’s diverse work is represented in numerous public and private collections.
Up From the Red Clay is an exhibition of linocuts inspired by and relating to Rashaun Rucker’s family history in North Carolina