Residency Dates: October 08, 2023 - October 28, 2023
Application Deadline: May 07, 2023

Paul Rucker is a composer, musician, visual artist who often combines media, integrating live performance, sound, video, animation, original compositions, storytelling and visual art. His work is the product of a rich interactive process, through which he investigates community impact, human rights issues, historical research, and basic human emotions surrounding particular subject matter. Much of his current work focuses on dismantling inequity in order to create positive change.

Grants: 2012 Creative Capital Grantee in visual art, 2015 Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2016 Rauschenberg Artist as Activist fellowship, 2016 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, for which he is the first artist in residence at the new National Museum of African American Culture, 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2018 TED Fellow.

Residencies: MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, Ucross, Art OMI, Banff Centre, Pilchuck Glass School, Rauschenberg, Joan Mitchell, Hemera Artist Retreat, Air Serembe, and the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center in Bellagio, Italy.

Rucker is currently Artist in Residence and iCubed Artist Fellow at the Institute for Contemporary art in Richmond, and assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Residency Statement:

Art has the power to make visible that which too often goes unseen and unacknowledged. As a multidisciplinary artist, I am committed to making artwork that has a profound impact on viewers’ understanding—both intellectual and emotional.

I’m looking to mentor and work with visual artists that combine disciplines within their practice.

The 3 week engagement will also include a workshop that will address strategies to advance your creative practice.


Application Requirements:

Your materials may be submitted in any of the following file formats; jpeg, .doc, .docx, .pdf). Please, no more than 5 mb per file.

To be considered, please include the following items…

  1. CV (no more than 3-pages)
  2. A short (400-800 words) letter of intent. What you would like to do during the residency.
  3. What are your current goals as an artist? (400-600 words)
  4. List 2-5 Prior projects description and documentation (websites, etc.). Submit links in a separate document. State your role in the project.
  5. Send up to 10 images (.jpg) and/or up to 10 minutes of online video – Please include separate document with links to online work (YouTube, Vimeo, web site, etc.) (.doc, .docx, .pdf). Please include image description sheet for slides.

Residency Fee: Waived for this Residency (Includes weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.)

For details, please visit the Mentoring Artist details page.

Application fee: $25 Click here to Apply!

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