Shushana Rucker Exhibit on Display in Western’s Art Gallery

Shushana Rucker Exhibit on Display in Western’s Art Gallery

Shushana Rucker's History of Place art exhibit will be on display at Western beginning next week through February 12.

ROCK SPRINGS — Western Wyoming Community College’s Art Gallery will display the work of Shushana Rucker from November 12, 2021, through February 12, 2022.  

Rucker’s show, History of Place, is a collection of paintings and monotypes depicting urban scenery. Rather than making paintings of the picturesque moments of the city, Rucker has opted instead to draw attention to those areas of urban life that are often glossed over, ignored, or even intentionally avoided.

Graffiti. Abandoned railroads. The weathered steel girders of an overpass. Deserted alleyways cluttered with detritus. These are the visual moments that Rucker is drawn to, as if to highlight the aesthetic moments that can be appreciated, not just in the mundane, but in the downright ugly as well.  

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Beyond that, however, Rucker’s images also bear witness to the sense of history, and even character, that human spaces seem to develop, and even soak in, from the people who inhabit them through the course of days, years, decades, and even centuries.

Rucker’s cityscapes are replete with examples of the major effects that even small human interventions have on the environment over long periods of time. The cracks in a sidewalk, the spray paint on a dumpster, even the trash clogging a gutter becomes not just moments unto themselves, but part of a larger narrative of humans interacting with their environment.  

Rucker describes her work in this way: “Humans tend to shape their own habitat, and I am interested in examining how these custom environments impact human thought. In my work, I look for connections between people and structures, the influence of humans on the landscape, and the impact of time on manmade objects. As I come to understand aging neighborhoods and urban environments, landscapes, and green spaces, I find myself more able to understand and represent the people who interact with them.” 

Shushana Rucker is a New Jersey-based painter and printmaker. She is an award-winning artist who exhibits her work nationally and internationally and is represented by F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia.

She received a certificate in printmaking from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware.   

The exhibit is available for viewing whenever the college is open. Western’s Art Gallery displays the work of student, local, and world-renowned artists. The exhibitions change regularly, are always free to view, and are open to the public.   

For questions regarding the exhibit, contact Jacob Muldowney at jmuldowney@westernwyoming.edu.