Graduate Student Selected as a Luce Scholar

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Daniel C. Rudin, a graduate student scheduled to receive his M.F.A. in Studio Arts in May 2012, has been selected as a Luce Scholar.

Daniel Rudin grew up in a blue-collar community. An early familiarity with labor issues profoundly influenced the trajectory of his career. Daniel studied Industrial Design to help prevent work-related accidents. In 2006 Daniel received a B.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At the same time, he fell in love with video, and realized that Design's emphasis on the body and its living spaces could be useful in an art context. He continues with work-related problems as his theme, often taking as a subject labor abuses of the black market.

In 2006 Daniel traveled through Central America in order to document parallels between chemical application in banana cultivation there and Midwestern agricultural production. In 2007 he collaborated on a documentary video dealing with issues of education, gentrification, and youth incarceration stemming from The Chicago Plan for Transformation. The video became the basis for a peer-to-peer mentoring group called Project M.A.R.R.O.N.S. In 2008 he returned to Central American to make a video on subsistence scavenging. The initiative turned in to a short video called "El Fortin," and became the basis for fund raising to give transportation, roofing, and business financing to subjects of the video.

In 2009 he began an M.F.A. in Studio Arts at The University of Texas. He has worked with the homeless community in Austin to produce videos, TV reports, and panel discussions. Daniel is currently working on several projects dealing with the theme of immigration and is producing web content for the local organization "Workers Defense Project."

March, 2012

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