Rudy Shepherd (A '00)

Healing Music for a Troubled World


Rudy Shepherd’s work explores the nature of evil through the mediums of painting, drawing and sculpture. This exploration involves investigations into the lives of criminals and victims of crime. He explores the complexity of these stories and the grey areas between innocence and guilt in a series of paintings and drawings of both the criminals and the victims, making no visual distinctions between the two. Going along with these portraits is a series of sculptures called the Black Rock Negative Energy Absorbers. They are a group of sculptures meant to remove negative energy from people allowing them to respond to life with the more positive aspects of their personality. 

For SkowheganPERFORMS Shepherd will present a Healing session for the park and its inhabitants. This will include Rudy Shepherd (as the Healer) on midi controller and Theremin, Brian Alfred (Skowhegan Alumni ’99) on guitar and Elia Einhorn (Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Fashion Brigade) on keyboards, performing healing music as the Black Rock Negative Energy Absorbers. 

This will be the first performance of its kind, previously Rudy has done similar performances as Induction Ceremonies for his own public sculptures and not been the one playing the music, so this will be an exciting new stand alone performance sans sculpture that he is very excited to share with the public. 

Rudy Shepherd received a BS in Biology and Studio Art from Wake Forest University and an MFA in Sculpture from the School of Art Institute of Chicago. He has been in group exhibitions at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NY, The Studio Museum of Harlem, NY, Bronx Museum of Art, NY, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Art in General, NY, Triple Candie, NY, Socrates Sculpture Park, NY, Cheekwood Museum of Art, TN, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, CT, Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art, NC, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL, Tart Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland and solo exhibitions at Mixed Greens Gallery, NY, Regina Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. He has been awarded Artist in Residence at PS1 National/International Studio Program, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY, Artist in Residence Visual + Harlem, Jacob Lawrence Institute for the Visual Arts, New York, NY and Emerging Artist Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY, Artist in Residence, Location One, NY and Process Space Artist in Residence Program Governors Island, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY.