Rashaun Rucker 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 win Michigan Press Photographer of the Year. He also won a national Emmy Award in 2008 for documentary photography on pit bull culture. 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 documentary “12 and Clairmount.” In 2019 his work was featured HBO’s “Random Acts of Flyness” and “Native Son.” Rucker’s work is represented in numerous public and private collections. Rucker was named a 2019 recipient of the Kresge Arts Fellowship.
His first solo exhibition at M Contemporary Art, entitled American Ornithology, opens this fall on October 25, 2019.