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Bronze sculptor, Shray, is one of the few working artists today who employs the subtractionist technique, where the artist finds the form in the clay as opposed to adding clay to an armature. Much like the technique of carving, Shray works with lines and shadows of the block, thoughtfully eliminating material from the block as she sculpts. Her simplicity of form has been compared to that of Henry Moore, Rodin and Brancusi.

“I see the emotion in the form, the hard lines, the curves, and allow them to carry the human condition through and around the negative and positive spaces. I am concerned with the fine line between the individual and humanity and how to achieve this without succumbing to sentimentality. This is one of the great puzzles figurative sculptors face. My approach is to let the form carry the emotion.” An intuitive artist, Shray’s sculptures never appear labored or forced. “While I work, I am able to see geometrically while recognizing a sense of humanity while pushing towards abstraction.” Shray balances the figurative and the abstract without losing human emotion.

Over the past 25 years, Shray’s work has received both national and international recognition in the form of awards and commissions. Shray’s bronze sculpture, Raising Tomorrow’s Olympic Champions was juried to travel throughout China and the world as one of the top selections of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Based on the success of this juried exhibition, Shray became the recipient of the 5 Rings Award at the Fourth Annual Beijing 2008 Cultural Festival.

Shray’s bronze sculpture is constantly evolving. “My objective as an artist is to create a piece that captures movement in stillness. The hard metal becomes the flesh and bone of humanity to reveal a strong sense of universality and invite a personal identification. I strive for a quality of pureness and allow the viewer inside the work, to identify each in their own way with the story.”

CURRICULUM VITAE

2017

Featured Sculptor, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2014

Featured Sculptor, S. R. Brennen Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ

2014

Summer Exhibition, Featured Sculptor, S. R. Brennen Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ

A collection of works that used color to create depth and form on a 2-dimensional surface.

2013

Experiments with foam, handmade paper, color and wire

2013

Beauty 360 of Greenbrae Presentation, Mixed Media Jewelry

2013

Beauty 360 of Greenbrae on display

2012

Developed new fabrication technique for bronze flow

2012

Public demonstration, Riley Art, San Rafael, California

2012

New sculptures cast by Piero

2010-11

Creation of Reduction Series, Bronze Sculpture

2010

Private mentoring, Bay Area, Northern California

2008

Recipient of 5 Rings Award, Beijing Sculptor Landscape Invitational, 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Beijing, China

2008

Winner, Excellent Distinction Award, Beijing Organizing Committee, Olympic Games

2007

Selected for Beijing Olympics World Tour, “110 Excellent Works Winners,” Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG)

2007

Private consulting for sculpture restoration and critique

2007

Studied color, ink and water-based pastels with Patrick Haverman, for a forthcoming series.

2006

Continued exploration of patinas and forms with Alan Osborne, owner of Art Foundry, Shray’s exclusive foundry where Osborne oversees every element of the casting to ensure museum quality work. Alan Osborn is a Jesuit-educated, university-level art professor, and internationally accomplished installation artist. He is very selective in the artists he chooses to cast and has chosen to work with Shray. Osborn has guided Shray as she expands into public work installations.

2005

Continued exploration of patinas with master painter, Karl Reichley

2001-03

Elected board member, San Rafael Downtown Arts Center, San Rafael, California

1990-present

Sculptural Consultant for refinement of master artworks

1998-present

Private Tutor, Sculpture & Painting

1990-98

Mentored with Italy’s Piero Mussi, founder of the internationally renowned Mussi Artworks Foundry of Berkeley, California; learned foundry functions, bronze casting processes, and experimented with patinas. It was during this time that I learned how to create sculpture that can be successfully transformed into bronze, while still honoring the concept of the original clay—the process I call “from earth to metal.” I learned how to have the form not fight the hot metal. I owe this ability to Piero’s giving me free rein of the foundry to learn, and his unquestionable eye for form that he brought out in me.

1985-86

Under the tutelage of master painter, Patrick Haberman, studied color theory, sculpting and human anatomy

1985

Studied ancient Greek sculpture and the works of Michelangelo at the Louvre; studied Auguste Rodin at Musée Rodin, Paris, France

1983

Studied the masterworks of Rodin (and his ability to capture movement in stillness) at the Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco, California

1982-83

Extensive study of the bronzes at The Cantor Art Center’s collection of Rodin, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

1981

Awarded full scholarship to the San Francisco Academy of Art

1980-89

Color design for the interior and exterior of residential buildings; restoration of residential historical buildings and artwork in San Francisco

1980-83

Interior architectural design for selected clients

1979

Grant awarded to attend San Francisco Art Institute

1978

Awarded full scholarship to the San Francisco Academy of Art

Childhood

Being the child of artist Pamela Winder Clancy, her mother began exposing Shray to art as an infant, and continued to do so for the rest of her life; she had an extensive background in, and love for, fine art and art history

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Artist Advisory Board, Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, California
  • National Sculptor Society, New York, New York
  • International Sculpture Center (I.S.C.), New Jersey
  • Allied Artists of America

AWARDS & COMMISSIONS (PARTIAL LIST)

2008

Recipient of 5 Rings Award Beijing, 2008 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES, BEIJING, CHINA

2008

Winner, Prize of Excellence, Olympic Landscape Sculpture, Competition, Beijing Organizing Committee, Olympic Games

2007

As One commissioned for medical institution, Colorado

2007

Selected at one of two Americans in the “Excellent Works” category for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Sculpture competition.

2006

Balance Winner of Industry Award, 3rd Annual Sculpture competition, Sculptural Pursuit Magazine

2003

Forevermore, Life-size sculpture donated by Heart of Hearts (philanthropic organization) to the Littleton Hospital, Denver, Colorado

2002

Balance, 1st Place, Her Story Art Exhibition, Manhattan Arts, New York, New York

2001

International Sarah Faith Award, commission
Always, Commission, Lady Spencer Collection

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (PARTIAL LIST)

2018

Naples Art, Antique, Jewelry Show, Naples, FL

2018

Winner, Prize of Excellence, Olympic Landscape Sculpture, Competition, Beijing Organizing Committee, Olympic Games

2018

Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, Antique Show, Palm Beach, FL

2018

Mystical Forces, Group Show, Salomon Gallery, New York, NY

2017

Blk Clök, Art Basel Week, Miami, FL

2017

Holiday Miniatures Exhibition, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2017

Holiday Show, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2017

Featured Sculptor, Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, CA

2017

Spring Arts Festival, Classic Arts Gallery, Carmel, CA

2016

Sedona First Friday, Renée Taylor Gallery, Sedona, AZ

2016

Group Exhibition, Pfister Hotel Pop-Up Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2016

Juried Exhibition, X Contemporary Show, Miami, FL

2016

Group Exhibition, S R Brennan Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

2016

Sculpture in the Park Invitational, Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, CA

2016

24th Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Gallery, Carmel, CA

2016

Group Show, Featured Sculptor, S. R. Brennen Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ

2015

23rd Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2015

22nd Annual Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, CA

2014

22nd Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2014

Summer Exhibition, Featured Sculptor, S. R. Brennen Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ

2014

Summer Exhibition, Featured Sculptor, S. R. Brennen Galleries, Palm Desert, CA

2013

21st Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2013

Summer Exhibition, Featured Sculptor, S. R. Brennen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM

2012

Charity Invitational Auction, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2012

Summer Exhibition, Featured Sculptor, S. R. Brennen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2012

Featured Artist, Sculpture, S.R. Brennen Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2011

Annual Carmel Art Festival, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2011

Annual Carmel Art Festival, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2010

Featured Artist, Sculpture, S.R. Brennen Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2010

Group Show, Waxlander, Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2010

Annual Carmel Arts Festival, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2009

Solo Exhibition, Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2009

Group Show, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009

Annual Carmel Art Festival, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2009

Group Show, “Bronze Then and Now,” Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2009

Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Charity Invitational Auction, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2008

Featured Artist, Sculpture, “Celebration of the Season,” S.R. Brennen Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2008

Featured Artist, Sculpture, CATTOLOGE, Gallery 444, San Francisco, CA

2008

Group Exhibition, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2008

“Le Chat Noir,” Group Exhibition, Gallery 444, San Francisco, CA

2008

Recipient of 5 Rings Award Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Beijing, China

2007

“Sculpture on View” The Art Foundry, Inc., Sacramento, California with Shray, Peter Voulkus, Bruce Beasley and Nathan Oliveira

2007

Raising Tomorrow’s Olympic Champions on view in Hong Kong as part of the Olympic Sculpture tour

2007

Featured Sculptor, Opening Gala, Ed Chasen Fine Art Gallery, Georgetown, Wash, D.C.

2007

Accepted submission Raising Tomorrow’s Olympic Champions tours internationally as part of 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing, China

2007

Opening, Meyer Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2006

Special Event exhibition, La Posada Hotel, Santa Fe, NM

2006

East Meets West in Harmony, Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2006

Special Demonstration/Lecturer, Borsini-Burr Gallery

2006

Accepted submission for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China on exhibit, Beijing JinTai Museum, Chaoyang Park. Among the dignitaries viewing the design Raising Tomorrow’s Olympic Champions, was Antonio Samaranch, Chairman of the International Olympic Committee, along with Chinese government, cultural and arts officials.

2006

“Harmony” Exhibit, Featured Sculptor, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006

“Sculpture in The Park” Invitational juried exhibition, Loveland, CO

2006

“From Earth to Metal” Lecture and Demonstration, Half Moon Bay, CA

2005

“Holiday Show,” Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2005

Eskelporter Art Exhibition, Juried exhibition, Featured sculptor, Benefit for Sierra Adoption Services, Sacramento, CA

2005

Gala Opening, Featured Artist, Post Gallery, Houston, TX

2005

“Sculpting the Emotions of Life” Solo Exhibition, Borsini-Burr Galleries, Half Moon Bay, CA

2005

“New Beginnings” Featured Sculptor, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2005

“From Earth to Metal: Creation of Bronze,” Lecture, Borsini-Burr Galleries, CA

2004

“Three Women Sculptors” Rice Gallery, Denver, CO

2004

“Sculpture in The Park” Juried Exhibition, Loveland, CO

2004

“Balance of the Soul” Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2004

Sculpture Exhibition, Rice Gallery, Denver, CO

2003

Featured Sculptor, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2003

Christmas Show, Rice Gallery, Denver, CO

2003

“Heart of Hearts Gala,” Guest Sculptor & Speaker, Denver, CO

2002

“Two-Person Show/Featured Sculptor” Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2002

HERStory, 1st Place, Juried competition, Manhattan Arts, New York, NY

2002

10th Anniversary Group Show, Exclusive Sculptor, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

2002

Associate Member Show, Downtown Art Works, San Rafael, CA

2001

Associate Member Show, Downtown Art Works, San Rafael, CA

2001

“Time and Space” Featured Sculptor, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2000

“The Work of Shray,” Solo Exhibition, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

2000

“Two-Person Exhibition,” Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2000

“Invitational Bronze Sculpture,” Bank One Cover Invitation, Featured Artist, San Francisco, CA

1999

“Finding Form” Lecture/Demonstration, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

1999

“Beauty That Surrounds Us,” Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1998

Solo Show, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

1998

“Subtractionist Method,” Lecture/Demonstration Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

1998

“The Forms in Clay,” Lecture/Demonstration, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1996

Featured Sculptor, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

1996

“Miguel Domingues Show,” Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

1995

Featured Sculptor: Jacques Dunoyer Show, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

1995

Open House Gala, Exclusive Exhibit, NFL Players Assoc., San Francisco, CA

1994

Solo Exhibition, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

1994

Juried Group Show, Ludwa Gallery, Carmel, CA

1994

“Sculptor” Exclusive Sculptor, Juried Show, Out of Bounds Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1993

“Women in Bronze” Invitational, Artworks Foundry & Gallery, Berkeley, CA

1993

“Exclusive Sculptor,” Juried Show, Ludwa Gallery, Carmel, CA

1993

Annual Membership Show, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

1993

Juried Exhibition, Bay Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA, provided feature piece Arise Fountain

1992

Solo Show, Juried Exhibition, Azido Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1986

Featured piece for Juried Group Show, San Francisco Art School, San Francisco, CA

1984

Solo Show, “Color & Form,” Putnam Associates, San Francisco, CA

1982

Juried Group Exhibition, San Francisco Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA

1979

Group Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

1978

Group Show, Acrylic paintings, San Francisco Academy of Arts, San Francisco, CA

1978

Winner, “Juried Scholarship Competition”, San Francisco Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA

BIBLIOGRAPHY & PUBLICATIONS (PARTIAL LIST)

2007

“Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) Selects Sacramento, CA to Launch U.S. Tour, Sacrament Bee

2007

“Art Foundry Hosts 2008 Beijing Sculpture Competition,” Copper in the Arts

2006

Interview about participation in the Beijing 2008 Olympics International Sculpture Tour, Arts and Antiques Magazine

2006

Balance announced as winner of the Industry Award, Sculptural Pursuit Magazine

2006

“Rising Star,” Feature Article, Art Talk Magazine

2006

“Sculptors Go for Olympic Gold,” Feature Article, Art Talk Magazine

2006

Announcement of inclusion in 2008 Beijing Olympic Games International Sculpture Tour,Arts & Antiques Magazine

2006

“Sculpting the Emotions of Life, Feature Article, Luxury Living Magazine

2006

“Olympic Bronze Sculptor Shray Garners Highest Rating for 2008 Beijing Olympics Sculpture Competition,” Yahoo! Front Page

2005

Selected Artist, Front Cover, Carmel Gallery Guide

2005

“Sculptor Shray comes to Half Moon Bay,” Half Moon Bay Review

2005

“Focus of Demonstration: Shray,” The Arts, Half Moon Bay, California

2004

”Balance of the Soul,” Focus, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2003

“Balance” 1st Place, HERStory Arts Competition announcement, Manhattan Arts, New York, NY

2002

“Shray’s Forevermore,” Heart of Hearts Gala, Rocky Mt. News

2001

“Working Together,” Featured Article, Independent Journal

2000

Selected Artist, Front Cover, Carmel Gallery Guide

1999

“Finding Form, Magical Process,” New Mexican

1999

“Depth of Feeling,” Feature Article, Santa Fe Magazine

1997

“Life in the Arts,” Televised Interview, National Educational Broadcast

1997

“Artist Resource,” Southwest Arts Magazine

1996

“Sculptor Who Does Things Her Own Way,” Cover Story, Monterey Sunday Herald

1995

“Royal tea with Lady Churchill Spencer,” Monterey Herald

SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS (PARTIAL LIST)

  • Beijing Olympic Committee
  • N. Rockefeller, California
  • Royal Spencer Family, England & USA
  • & Mrs. W. Chan, Hong Kong
  • & Mrs. Ted Levinson, California
  • A. Castro, Atlanta, Georgia
  • M. Mueller, Switzerland
  • & Mrs. N. Theumann, Switzerland
  • & Mrs. J. Cohen, New York
  • & Mrs. Figliolia, New York
  • Judith Itkin, New York
  • Kevin Dowd, Connecticut
  • Camilla Carroll, Maryland
  • & Mrs. E. Rose, Florida
  • & Mrs. B. Fortson, Texas
  • & Mrs. D. Yost, Texas
  • James Unruh, Unisys Corporation, Arizona
  • & Mrs. D. Ainge, California
  • T. Chou, California
  • Hans Zweig, California
  • Piero Mussi, Owner, Mussi Artworks Foundry & Gallery, Italy
  • & Mrs. B. Leroy, Alberta, Canada

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