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Creative Alliance resident artist Paul Rucker has received a 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship

Creative Alliance resident artist Paul Rucker has received a 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
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On April 6, 2017, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 173 Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists, including Creative Alliance resident artist Paul Rucker. Currently in his third year as a resident artist at the Creative Alliance, Rucker is a visual artist, composer, and musician. His work combines and integrates media, live performance, sound, original compositions, and visual art, and is the product of a rich interactive process. Much of his current work focuses on the prison industrial complex, incarceration and its relationship to slavery. He has presented performances and visual art exhibitions across the country and has collaborated with educational institutions to address the issue of mass incarceration, including recent performances at the Creative Alliance.

His largest and most recent installation, REWIND, premiered at the Creative Alliance in 2015, and he has garnered praise as “Best Artist 2015” from Baltimore Magazine, “Best Solo Show 2015” and “#1 Art Show of 2015” from Baltimore City Paper, as well reviews by The Huffington Post, Artnet News, The Washington Post, The Root, and The Real News Network. Rucker has received numerous grants, awards, and residencies for visual art and music. He is a 2012 Creative Capital Grantee in visual art, as well as a 2014 MAP (Multi-Arts Production) Fund Grantee for performance. In 2015, he received a prestigious Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant, as well as the Mary Sawyer Baker Award. In 2016 Paul received the Rauschenberg Artist as Activist fellowship, the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, and he is the first artist in residence at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

This year the Guggenheim Fellowship Program represents forty-nine scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, sixty-four different academic institutions, twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia, and three Canadian provinces. Successful candidates are selected for prior achievement and exceptional promise from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-third competition. Guggenheim Fellows in 2017 range in age from twenty-seven to seventy-nine. Sixty-eight Fellows have no academic affiliation or hold adjunct or part-time positions at universities.

The Guggenheim Fellowship program remains a significant source of support for artists, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and scientific researchers. The award places Rucker in the company of Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, Turing Award winners, poets laureate, members of the various national academies, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and other important, internationally recognized honors. Rucker will remain in residence at Creative Alliance until summer of 2018, and will premiere his next interactive project, LIVEMORE, at Creative Alliance this coming November.

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Join us for our BIGGEST party & fundraiser of the year!

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April 29th, 2017 | 8pm-Midnight | Tickets

Marquee Ball: Disco Nights is inspired by the 1979 film Roller Boogie!
Dress up and get down at Highlandtown’s hottest disco! Groove in your vintage threads to Rolled Gold’s disco hits or hang in Jonathan Gilmore’s Soul Lounge. Enjoy the silent art auction, roller dancers, photo booth, ‘70s snacks, and far out cocktails! Tickets & Info



B'more all-star group Rolled Gold

Get down to your favorite Disco hits in the Theater all night long with Baltimore’s all-star band organized by <strong >Matthew Pierce (Arbouretum, Big in Japan) and Stephen Strohmeier. Rolled Gold features Katrina Ford (Celebration), Hanna Olivegren (Zomes), <strong >Walker Teret, Sheila Ford, Charisse Nichols, and more special guests!

Jonathan Gilmore's Soul Lounge

Enjoy live soul music all night in the Marquee Lounge by Jonathan Gilmore and friends.

Roller Dancers from It's My Skate Night

It's My Skate Nightis a group of talented skaters whose goal is to affect positive change and create awareness around the roller skating community. They've been featured at Artscape and have gained fame for dancing in the streets of Baltimore!

Disco Nights Auction Exhibition

The Marquee Ball Auction Exhibition curated by Executive Director of Goya Contemporary Amy Eva Raehse, Artist Lat Naylor, and Creative Alliance Exhibitions and Programs Manager Jeremy Stern, features more than 80 artists from Baltimore and beyond. This year all artworks are valued under $500!
On View:
 April 22-29 | Bidding closes at 11pm during the Marquee Ball.

Bonus Features

Open artist studios, roaming interactive performers, Pixilated photobooth, delicious '70s party food, beer, wine, and signature cocktails.

Valet Parking is available for $10. Pull up on East Ave.
Street Parking is also available. Please allow extra time to find a spot.

Costumes encouraged! Check out our Pinterest Board for ideas!

The Marquee Ball supports Creative Alliance's free youth education programs.
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