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Mixed media art by Jamie Gray Marble Clouds

Marble Clouds, mixed media art by Jamie Gray

Cottey College alumna Jamie Gray will have an art exhibit titled Paper Cosmos and Marble Storms in the P.E.O. Foundation Art Gallery from March 25 through April 15. The exhibit features mixed media works.

“It is said that all forms on earth are created from the matter of long-dead stars,” wrote Gray. “Through my artwork, I strive to create quiet moments that represent the creative forces behind our universe and to make visible that which is too small, too vast, and too slow to see. Inside botanical and nautical inspired motifs I frame abstract patterns that are evocative of geological and astral phenomena. My work has been described as both geometric and primordial. Design fundamentals deeply underpin my artistic direction, as does my interest in incorporating traditional craft-based processes – such as hand-marbling, collage, gilding, and encaustic wax – into contemporary art-making.”

Originally from Colorado, Gray graduated from Cottey with an Associate in Arts degree in 1997. She has studied photography, textile and jewelry design and obtained both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in graphic design. Gray worked professionally as a freelance designer and as an assistant professor, while also pursuing a fine art practice that included painting commissions and exhibitions in Kansas City, London, North Carolina, Colorado, and Seattle.

In 2015 while living in London she established a full-time fine art practice and jewelry design business, Grayjay Studio. Special painting recognition includes being featured in Saatchi Art’s 100 Voices 100 Artists campaign, selected for Leyden Gallery’s Platform for Emerging Arts program, exhibited with The Other Art Fair, included in Eden Roc Miami’s Hotel art collection, and featured in Homes & Garden UK magazine. Special jewelry recognition includes being commissioned to create a collection for the Royal Academy of Arts museum shop, stocked at the Kemper Contemporary Museum of Art, interviewed for the PBS series Making, featured in IN Kansas City magazine, and participated in The London Design Festival. Currently Gray lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri, with a studio residence at the Kansas City Artists Coalition.

The art gallery is located inside the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts on the northeast corner of Austin and Tower streets in Nevada, Missouri.

The exhibit is available for viewing by appointment. Please contact Kris Korb at kkorb@cottey.edu or 417-667-8181, ext. 2186, to see the exhibit.

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