Ellamaria Ray is a professor of Africana studies who dives into art through the lens of anthropology. She uses visual and performing art to understand and analyze cross-cultural human experiences, particularly those of continental and diasporic Africans. Ray’s ceramic sculpture emerges from a commitment to acknowledging the ways continental and diasporic Africans share cultural commonalties while simultaneously expressing cultural distinctions. As an anthropologist and visual artist, she strives to teach and understand the complex vision diasporic Africans are creating for themselves and for all humanity in the twenty-first century. Ray earned a BA from Colorado College and an MA and PhD in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University. She has studied figurative and conceptual ceramic sculpture with Arthur González and ceramics with Jean Van Keuren (Davis Arts Center), Arnold Zimmerman (Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO), Gayla Lemke and Barry Rose (Art Students League of Denver), and Marie EvB Gibbons.
Image: Ellamaria Ray at the FROM THIS DAY FORWARD Opening Reception.
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