Lynda Ray has been working with encaustic since its re-emergence 1986. She also works in a variety of other media.  Originally from Massachusetts where she received my BFA from Mass. College of Art and Design she then attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where she had the honor of studying with Joseph Campbell and Agnes Martin. Shortly after, in 1989, she was the recipient of the Mass. Artist Foundation Fellowship in Sculpture and was a Finalist in Painting. Later she moved to NYC where she exhibited extensively including OK Harris Gallery and AIR. Her work and interview with Julie Karabenick are posted on the international forum Geoform.net. Work has been included in The Art of Encaustic Painting by Joanne Mattera. She has exhibited my work and held workshops throughout the United States including exhibitions in Massachusetts including; Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA. Curator: Michael Giaquinto which has traveled to The Hunterdon Museum in Clinton, NJ.

She states: My paintings are containers of time with overlapping transparent layers of color forming a whole. Organic, geometric shapes and space vie for dominance. My process sometimes produces unexpected contours like the curve of the macrocosm, which is bent by mass and energy.

EDUCATION

​VCU Post-baccalaureate studies Fine Arts
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, BFA with honors, Painting Major.

 

SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

Folded Time, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA,

2017

Lynda Ray: Color Merge, The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen,VA

 

2016

Lynda Ray: Shapes and Shadows, Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center, Williamsburg, VA

 

2011

Beeswax, Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA. Curator: Frank Heller

 

2010

Beeswax, Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA. Curator: Frank Heller
Ripple Effect, MCV, Richmond, VA. Curator: P.Muzi Branch

 

2009

Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA

 

2007

shape, Artspace at Plant Zero, Richmond, VA

 

2006

Lynda Ray, Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Strictly Painting 12, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA

[Work], the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA

Anything But Flat, Castle Hill  Main Gallery, Truro, MA. Juror: Joanne Mattera.                                                                                

2019 Instructor Exhibition, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg,TN

Momentum Space Gallery Annex Grand Opening ,  Denver, CO

Melting Point: Contemporary Encaustic Work, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA. Curated by Giselle Gautreau.

Next Level, Arts and Cultural Center at Glen Allen, VA.   

2019 ​Juried Exhibition, Rawls Museum Arts , Courtland, VA. Third Place Award.

 

2018

Featured Artist: 7th Annual Juried Encaustic Exhibition. Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL                                                                                                                 

Constellations, Dorothy Cochran and Lynda Ray, Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA 

[work], The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA.

The Blues, Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Stripes, BG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

​Within Reach 2018, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA

 

2017

The Best of 2017, Space Gallery, Denver, CO .                                                         

Square Foot 5, Projects Gallery, Aqua Art Miami.                               

6th Annual Miniature Show, Gallery Flux, Ashland, VA

Eighteenth Annual 5×7 Show, Kleinert/JamesCenter for the Arts.                

Thinksmall9, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA

Virginian Artists 2017, Rawls Museum, Courtland, VA www.rawlsarts.com

[work], The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA.

Arrowmont Instructor Exhibition, The Sandra J. Blain Gallery, ARROWMONT SCHOOL OF ARTS & CRAFTS, GATLINBURG, TN                                                     

Depth Perception, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA curators: Joanne Mattera & Cherie Mittenthal

Black Tie (optional), Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Contempo, Flux Gallery, Ashland, VA                                                                     

Next Level, The Cultural Arts Center, Glen Allen, VA                                                    

Within Reach 2017, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA

 

2016

Square Foot Aqua Art Fair Miami, Projects Gallery, Miami, FL
The Best of 2016, Space Gallery, Denver, CO
Seventeenth Annual 5×7 Show, Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock, NY
​5th Annual Miniature Show, Gallery Flux, Ashland, VA

Hotel Art Fair, Provincetown Inn, Provincetown, MA in conjunction with the 10th International Encaustic Conference.                                                                             

Within Reach 2016 Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA 

​​[work], The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA

 

2015

Sixteenth Annual 5×7 Show, Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock, NY

​4th Annual Miniature Show, Gallery Flux, Ashland, VA

Square Foot Art Basel Miami, Projects Gallery, Miami, FL

Thinksmall, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA 
Pattern l Geometric – Organic, Space Gallery,Denver, CO

On  the Brink, Ellsworth Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Attention: Intention, Old View National Bank, Marshall, VA

[work] The Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA

Nature as Muse, Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Steamboat Springs, CO

​2014

3rd Annual Miniature Show, Flux Gallery, Ashland, VA

Summer Selections, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN
Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, Traveling Group Exhibition, 2nd venue: Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ (catalogue)
[Work]. Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA
Subliminal, The Castle Hill Gallery, Truro, MA. Juror: Dan Addington
Metro Show, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, NYC
H.Scott November Gallery, Westminster Canterbery, Richmond, VA
2013
Seven, Castle Hill Gallery, Truro, MA.(Juror: Shawn Hill)
Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
[Work]. Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA
Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, Traveling Group Exhibition, 1st venue: Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA. Curator: Michael Giaquinto (catalogue)
The Elephant in the Room, Laconia Gallery, Boston, MA. Curators: Linda Cordner and James Hull (catalogue)
2012
Winter Solstice, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Capital One, Richmond, VA
Rawls Museum Arts, Courtland, VA, Juror: Marcy Rosenblat
The Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
​[work], Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA
New Waves, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA
Slantwall Gallery, The Cultural Arts Center, Glen Allen, VA
Painting: Color Dominates, Evans Encaustics, Sonoma, CA
Art and Music, Nancy Natale, E. Hampton, MA
Gallery Flux, Ashland, VA

2011
Wax Poetic, Nicolsberg Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Melted, Petersburg Area Art League, Petersburg, VA
Surface Attraction, Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA
[work], Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA
Playing with Fire, Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac, AZ

2010
Eleventh Annual 5 by 7 Show, Kleinert/James Art Center, Woodstock , NY
Small Wonder, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
Art San Diego, Brenda Taylor Gallery
[work], VAC, Richmond, VA
Vastu Gallery, Washington, DC (two person)
Best Foot Forward, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Home is Where the Art Is, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

2009
Small Wonder, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
[work], Visual Arts Center traveling to Capital One Gallery, Richmond, VA
bookart@artspace, Invitational, Richmond, VA
Tenth Annual 5 by 7 Show, Kleinert/James Art Center, Woodstock, NY
Reconstructing Time, Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ
Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY (two person)
Spring Forward, Artizen Fine Arts, Dallas, TX
GeoMetrics II, Gallery onetwentyeight, New York, NY
NYU 32nd small works, 80 Washington Square East, NYC, NY

2008
Ninth Annual 5×7 Show, Kleinert/James Art Center, Woodstock, NY
Not So Silent Night, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY
Making a Mark, Rawls Museum, Courtland, VA
Small Claims, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
1708 at Suntrust Bank Headquarters, Richmond, VA
Personal Geometry, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA. curator: Nancy
Sausser
2007
Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY
December Project, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
Silent Night II, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA
GeoMetrics, Gallery onetwentyeight, New York, NY
Pattern and Chaos,The Arts Center in Orange,VA (two person)
Abstract and Geometric, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Encaustic 2007, The Gallery at R&F, Kingston, NY,Atrium Gallery, Ball State
University, Indiana, curator: Joan Snyder.
Double Bubble, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
Mail Me !, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA
Meltdown, sensuous color overflowing the persistent structure of repeating
Sugar Buzz, Lehman College Art Gallery, NYC
2006
Fresh Paint, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA
Large Work, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
Lynda Ray, VCU/MCV, Richmond, VA (solo)
Black and White, the Washington Gallery of Photography, Bethesda, MD
Pure Painting, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
Artspace 129, Montclair, NJ
AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

​2018

CultureWorks artist grant

2017
Scholarship to the 11th International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA 2013 Director’s Award, Seven, 7th International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA
2008
Residency, Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock, NY
2002
Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
2001
The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Inc. artist grant
1993
Residency, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
1989
Massachusetts Artist Fellowship Program, Fellowship in Sculpture
Massachusetts Artist Fellowship Program, Finalist in Painting
1988
Residency Vermont Studio Colony, Johnson, VT
1987
Art School Association Trust Fund Award, MA
1985
Massachusetts Arts Lottery

 

Selected Publications:
News of Note, Middleburg Eccentric page 10 Feb 26-Mar 26, 2015
Guiding the Creative Process, by Nancy Natale, Prowax Journal 2015
Fracture, cover image for the catalogue, Swept Away:
Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic,
Hunterdon Museum, Clinton, NJ 2014
Yew, Online poetry publication. Images used in conjunction with poetry. 2014
Landmark, cover image for the catalogue, The Elephant in the Room 2013
Art New England, The Elephant in the Room, David Raymond, May-June 2013
Interview, The Best Place to Take Adult Art Workshops, ABC local television, July 2012
Encaustic Works 2012, R&F Paints, Kingston, NY 2012
Interview, conducted by Julie Karabenick, Geoform.net, August 2011 http://www.geoform.net/features/features_ray1.html
Beeswax, Richmond Times Dispatch
R.Home, The Gallery, Art Around Town, Jan./Feb. 2010
Falls Church News-Press, Art Beat, February 10, 2008
Washington Post, Arts in Brief, January 17, 2008
Capital One, catalogue 2008
The New York Times, Holland Cotter, December 7, 2007
Golden Foundation for the Arts, catalogue 2007
Encaustic Works 2007, catalogue 2007
​ thinkingaboutart.blogs.com/art/ 2007
Sugar Buzz, Lehman College Art Gallery, NY, catalogue 2007
Fresh Paint, Arlington Art Center, VA , catalogue 2006
Crosswinds Weekly, Santa Fe, NM, 9/5/2002
Blue Stone Press,NY, 9/07/2001
Encaustic 2001, exhibition catalogue of the Biennial R&F
Encaustic Painting by Joanne Mattera, 2001
North Loop News, Chicago, IL, 2/2001
New City, Chicago, IL , 2/2001
The New York Times, 3/1999
The Boston Globe, 7/1995
Art New England, Charles Giuliano 6/1993
Arts, Southend News, Cate McQuaid, 6/1991
Pas Tiempo, The New Mexican, Russ Whiting, 12/1991
Ninth Annual Drawing Show, catalogue, 1988
Paper Prophets, The Boston Phoenix, David Bonetti, 7/1988
SELECT COLLECTIONS
Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJCapital One
Bisys Group Inc.
Boston Public Library
Medical College of Virginia
Pfizer, Inc.
US West Communications