MFA, UCLA, 1985
BA, Colgate University
Anne Bray has been working at the intersection of public space and media art as a hybrid artist and director of the nonprofit media arts organization, Freewaves. The creativity of one and the social outreach of the other have continuously fed each other. Engagement with edgy, demanding, clarifying art by a broad public is Bray’s mission. She connects challenging art with venues that offer the visibility, resources and energy for prominent display with an involved viewership.
She is a visual instigator and translator. Her specialty is finding platforms for pressing and compelling subjects to be broached from various angles in different media. She exhibits that work in formats that publics, often unaware of contemporary art, can comprehend without the work losing its integrity. In her art, like in her career, she contrasts different points of view side by side. Viewers are asked to examine themselves. Questions are often the format.
Video projection is her chosen medium. Her work spectacularizes still unresolved conflicts about the vulnerable. She exhibits installation/performances of video, audio, flat and 3-d screens at traditional and nontraditional venues including museums, galleries, gas stations, malls, movie theaters, and department stores, as well as on TV and billboards.
Lions, Tigers And … , sound installation over 6 months with opening and closing musical performances and video projections at Pasadena City Hall including 1000 public interpretations of the building facade’s lions.
Know No, sexual violence meets gender equity, a multifaceted arts engagement at Arizona State University, 2015-16
Greater Together, racial equality interventions in Milwaukee, c/o AIGA, MARN Salon, CAM and MKE<->LAX, 2014+
Long Live LA, health videos by artists shown on buses, at clinics, online and at events, 2014-16
Out the Window, art videos shown on 2000 city buses to 1.1 million viewers daily, 2011-14
Take Cover, Take Over, poem micro-projected on audience at ArtNight Pasadena, 2013 and 2014
Anne Bray has produced public art projects with GLOW art festival in Santa Monica, Public Art Fund, NY Avant Garde Festival, LACE, CRA, FAR, Cinematexas among others, and multi-media installations at Santa Monica Museum of Art, Track 16, Pomona Museum of Art, MIT, Images du Futur in Montreal and other experimental spaces. Recently she showed her videos at Stanford Lively Arts, Projections on Lake, and Silent Cinema, and Montalvo Arts Center, each in collaboration with postmininalist composer Eve Beglarian, about the re-suturing of the classic nature-culture dichotomy with digital means during these times of ecological peril, technological innovation and increased visual representations. This year she permanently installed moving images called See Change at LAX airport on more than 80 screens.
As a lecturer for the past 20 years, she teaches graduate seminars in the new genre arts at Claremont Graduate University as well as public art at University of Southern California, and mentors students through their MFA and MA theses. Since 2005 she has given public lectures at Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv, L.A. international conference for Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed, Tel Aviv Cinematheque c/o VideoZone, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA), Hoffmann’s House in Valparaiso, Chile, Encuentro Internacional de Espacios Independientes, California College of Art, and in Los Angeles in 2010: Mak Center, Farmlab, LA Public Library, SCIARC, Siggraph, Art Center, Otis, Occidental and Pitzer Colleges.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant 2015
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant 2013-2015
Americans For The Arts’ top Public Art Year in Review 2012
Ranked in LA Weekly’s ‘Top Art Moments of 2011’
Digital Media Lab grant from John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 2011
Irvine Fellowship for Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency at Montalvo Arts Center 2010
Goethe Institute travel grant 2009
Jewish Federation travel grant 2005
California Arts Council Artists Grant 2001
Sabbatical Fellowship from Durfee Foundation 1999
Civitella Ranieri Foundation artist in residency in Umbria Italy 1996
Art Matters fellowship 1991