Visual-Photography Bio, Statement & Resume


Ann Tracy (°1951, Waltham MA, United States) is an artist who works in a variety of media including digital art, photography, video and theatre (actor, director, playwright).  She is a native New Englander who grew up in the Maine towns of Fryeburg and Cape Neddick before her family moved south to Massachusetts and then west to Colorado in 1969.  After decades of living in Colorado, Wisconsin and California, Tracy is now calling Portland Maine home with her husband and two cats.   

Ann is a member of the Professional Women Photographers,  Digital Arts Guild, Webists International Artists,  Union of Maine Visual Artists and her studio is located at the State Theatre Building in Portland.  She has also been vetted by USArtists Projects/Hatched to raise project funds on their platform which offers donors a tax deduction.  Her video Zombie Kickball 2012 won for Best Use of Sound in the Center for Contemporary Art's Open Reel Competition. She has been a finalist in the 2013, 2014 & 2015 Julia Margaret Cameron Competitions and was invited to show her work at the 3rd Biennale of Fine Art and Documentary Photography in Malaga, Spain at the Municipal Museum as well as in the 4th Biennale in Berlin in 2016.



"I very often use ambiguity and chance in making art, since my salad days as a modern dancer (early 1979s) and happening upon Merce Cunnigham's theory of Chance Dance and the work of the Dadaists.  In calling myself a digital alchemist, I'm trying to reference both a classical past and a forward reaching future in which images with one meaning are combined with others to create new and poetic meanings.  It's as if I'm being called home to a dream world in which fiction and reality meet, meanings shift, past and present fuse.  Sometimes I like the photograph the way it is, then the manipulations are more focused on heightening the impact via color, design and emotional context.  But other images call out to be a basis for combining unrelated aspects which many times lead to surprising analogies."


Her  fine art has been exhibited from Japan to Maui to New York City.  In 2003 her work, “Stop” was included in the catalog of the “Violence Against Women” exhibition, Group 78 Amnesty International, Tokyo, Japan.  Her digital paintings “The Power of Romania Lies in its Artists” and “Message 3” were juried into the 2010 and 2008 editions of “American Art Collector”.  She presented a creativity workshop to feature writers at the Sacramento Bee, a daily newspaper in 2008. Tracy has also worked as an art expert for KVIE CH 6 (PBS Sacramento) for the 2010 Art Auction and was featured in Sacramento Magazine in November 2010 (http://www.sacmag.com/media/Sacramento-Magazine/November-2010/City-Sketch-Ann-Tracy/).


Recent exhibition highlights include solo shows "3 Graces for Environmental Awareness" at Akari, Portland ME; "The Art of Light: Ann Tracy: Lights, Camera, Art”, Lumens Light + Living and the Center for Contemporary Art, Lumens Gallery, Sacramento CA (11/11);  “Inside Out” Cherie Hacker & Ann Tracy, photography and mixed media, E Street Gallery and Studios, Sacramento CA(10/11     ); Luna’s Café (2011) and  Enotria Annex (2009).  Recent group shows include: “Women’s Wisdom Portrait Project” with George Streng, Tangent Gallery, Sacramento CA (6/10); “Nada Dada Motel”, El Ray Motel, Reno NV(2010); “Synthesis: Art & Science”, Escondido Municipal Gallery, Escondido CA (Invitational-2009); “NadaDada Motel”, El Cortez Hotel, Reno NV (2009); “The All Saints Show”, Barton Gallery, Sacramento CA (2009);  “Greetings From Nada Motel”, Barrick Museum, UNLV, Las Vegas NV (Invitational-2009);  “Urban Legends and Country Tales”, International Juried show, Bonita Museum  & Cultural Center, 4355 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA (2008).


Solo* and Duet Shows

07/15           * People and Places of Cuba, Public Library, Freeport ME

06/15           * Welcome to Nada Dada Motel in Portland, Dock Fore, Portland ME

10/13                *"3 Graces for Environmental Awareness", Akari, Portland ME
11/11              *“The Art of Light: Ann Tracy: Lights, Camera, Art”, Lumens Light + Living and the Center for Contemporary Art, Lumens Gallery, Sacramento CA
10/11                “Inside Out” Cherie Hacker & Ann Tracy, photography and mixed media, E Street Gallery and Studios, Sacramento CA 
 05/11                *“Never Can Say:  Goodbye”, Luna’s Cafe, Sacramento  CA 
06/10                “Women’s Wisdom Portrait Project” with George Streng, Tangent Gallery, Sacramento CA
10/09                *“Angels, Coyotes and Motels”, Uptown Arts, Enotria Annex, Sacramento CA
04/09                “Collage: Traditional and Digital” – Ann Tracy & Terri Ramirez, Dragon’s Lair Gallery, Creative Connections Arts Academy, North Highlands, CA
07/08                *Power: Grids & Shapes, Luna’s Cafe, Sacramento  CA 
01/08                *Power: Grids & Shapes, Asylum Gallery, Sacramento  CA 
01/06                  Dual Perspectives, Ann Tracy & Art Luna, Asylum Gallery, Sacramento  CA 

 

Group Shows 



10/14                "Personality", PH21 Gallery, Szkéné Theatre, Budapest University of Technology and                            EconomicsH-1111 Budapest Hungary

9/14                  3rd Biennale of Documentary and Fine Art Photography, Malaga, Spain, Municipal Museum                   (Sept 18 to Nov 20, 2014)

6/14                  "Transportation",  Honorable Mention, New York Center for Photographic Art, NY
                         "Shoot and Tell", 3rd Annual Juried Exhibit of Cell Phone Photography, Stonecrop Gallery, Ogunquit, ME

11/13               "Demons and Monsters", One Pound Gallery, 29 North Loudoun Street,      Winchester, VA

09/13               "Water", New York Center for Photographic Art, Juror's Selection, Soho Gallery of Digital Art, NYC

06/13               "2013 International Photography", Professional Women's Photographers, New York, Honorable Mention
                        "Can You Hear Me Now", 2nd Annual Juried Exhibit of Cell Phone Photography, Stonecrop Gallery, Ogunquit, ME

05/12               “Digital Woodcuts”, Couleur Collection Gallery, Falmouth ME

03/12               "Belle Letters", Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis MN "Power of Words"

5/12 to now     Maine Artists Collective, Constellation Gallery, Portland ME

12/11               Maine Women in the Arts Holiday Fine Art Show, Christmas Prelude. Masonic Hall, Kennebunkport ME

6/10                 “NadaDada Motel”, El Ray Motel, 330 Arlington, Reno NV

6/09                 “Synthesis: Art & Science”, Escondido Municipal Gallery, Escondido CA (Invitational)

                        “NadaDada Motel”, El Cortez Hotel, Reno NV

2/09                 “The All Saints Show”, Barton Gallery, Sacramento CA

1/09 to 4/09    “Greetings From Nada Motel”, Barrick Museum, UNLV, Las Vegas NV (Invitational)

10/08              “Urban Legends and Country Tales”, International Juried show, Bonita Museum Cultural Center, 4355 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA

6/08                 “Nada Motel”, Town House Motor Inn, Reno NV

2/08                 Ben Navaee Gallery, 1111 Queen St. East, Toronto, Canada

8/07                 Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center For Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA

                        California Lawyers for the Arts Silent Auction, Sacramento CA

7/07                 Gateway to the Imagination National Juried Art Show, Farmington Museum,

                        Farmington, NM

                        Asylum Gallery Membership Show, Sacramento  CA

5/06                 Asylum Gallery Membership Show, Sacramento  CA 

12/05               Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 9 x 12 Show, Ft. Worth TX

                        Creative Center Annual Small Works Show & Benefit Sale, New York, NY

9/05                 Millard Sheets Gallery, New Photography Exhibition, Pomona, CA

5/05                 Asylum Gallery, Membership Show, Sacramento  CA 

1/02                 One Year Later, Luna’s Café, Sacramento  CA - (Invitational)

11/01               Art for America Auction, Chelsea Pier, New York, NY

12/00               Matrix Christmas Show, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento CA

9/00                 The Image Manipulated, Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA  (Invitational)

3/00                  SFWA Show, SOMARTS Gallery, San Francisco CA

12/99                 Villa Art Ann Foot, Beyond the Proscenium Space, Sacramento

12/98                 Spanning the Bay, Center for Visual Arts, Oakland CA

8/98                  The Child Within, San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco

6/98                   Juried Member Exhibition, Hui No'Eau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, Maui, HI

1996-98             Phoenix Exhibition, Phantom Galleries, Sacramento, CA





Installation - Mixed Media



9/98-04           "Temple of Boobfoot" - installation with mixed media sculpture, Burning Man Festival, Black                                                                           Rock City, Nevada

10/97               "Unmourned and Unknown" - mixed media with sound, Altares Del Mundo, 1414 K St., Sacramento CA

2/94                 "Different Paths Up The Same Mountain" - interdisciplinary installation with

                        Sherry Ragan - Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA  - New Works Grant -  Sacramento Metro Arts Commission

12/94               "What Women Want?"/"What Men Want?" - multi-media assemblage diptych

                        CSUS Dance Theatre, Sacramento, CA

4/93                 "Gotta Go" - Site specific mini-installation - IDEA Art Space, Sacramento, CA





Video Art - https://vimeo.com/user4159681



10/12               Freak Show, Constellation Gallery, Portland Maine "(I am my own) Freak Show".

07/12               "Zombie Kickball 2012" - Open Reel Competition, Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento -                                Winner - Best Use of Sound

2011                Zombie Kickball 2011 juried into VideoChannel - international curatorial platform for art &                              moving images - Forever the Ball  - Curated by Agricola de Cologne

 7/11                “Zombie Dreams”, http://www.vimeo.com/26698979

                        “Zombie Kickball”, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oxyk3l0dmE0

10/09               “Sea of Seas”, international collaboration project, Slade Research Center, Woburn Square,                                  University College London, Camden, London WC1H, UK. 

6/09                 “Motel Variations” (Music Michael Crain) “NadaDada Motel”, El Cortez Hotel, Reno NV

5/09                 “Salt”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2w3mjFVsts&feature=channel_page

6/06                 Dreams and Diatribes Redux, Beyond the Proscenium Productions, California

                        Stage, Sacramento

1/03                 Sci Fi Hotel: The Musical, Beyond the Proscenium, Geery Theatre, Sacramento

10/02               Scenic imagery for Quake, Beyond the Proscenium Productions, Actors Theatre,

                        Sacramento

5/02                 Orestes 2.5, Beyond the Proscenium Productions, California Stage, Sacramento

9/00                 Scenic imagery for The Waiting Room, Beyond the Proscenium Productions,

                        Actors Theatre, Sacramento

6/00                 Video sequences, Looking for Richard 3, Beyond the Proscenium Productions,

                        Actors Theatre, Sacramento

7/99                 Dreams & Diatribes, Beyond the Proscenium Productions, Center for

                        Contemporary Art and Marcus Building, Sacramento, CA

1/99                 Angels in America, Part Two, Perestroika, Beyond the Proscenium Productions,

                        CSUS Dance Theatre, Sacramento, CA

             



Cyber - Web Gallery Exhibits



9/05                 “Me & My Shadow”   http://www.selfshadows.com/  project created by Javier A.

Bedrina, Madrid, Spain 

8/02                 “The Bile Rose in Her Throat” - The Art Project: Artists Respond to Terrorism

http://www.theartproject.net/  

6/02                 “Merce Would be Proud” - Digital Pocket Gallery

http://www.ikatun.com/digitalpocketgallery/june_pocket_list.html#Ann_Tracy 

8/00                 Group Art Project http://www.stanschwartzmeta-arts.com/groupart/





Publications



07/13              Artscope Magazine (New England) - Centerfold selection - http://artscopemagazine.com/asdyn/news.wr

10/11               Sacramento Press - http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/56716/Looking_In_Looking_Out

10/10               Sacramento Magazine - http://www.sacmag.com/Sacramento-Magazine/November-2010/City-Sketch-AnnTracy/

6/10                 American Art Collector 2010 – a Juried Competition of New Work, Alcove Books, Berkeley CA

08/09               Midtown Monthly, Sacramento CA, “Art Picks – Tangent Gallery” (Page 28)

2/9/09              Rebel Yell, Las Vegas, NV, “Stop and stay at the ‘Nada Motel’ by Bryant Nguyen 

(http://unlvrebelyell.com/2009/02/09/stop-and-stay-at-the-%E2%80%98nada-motel%E2%80%99/)

1/09                 Barrick Museum, Las Vegas, NV (http://hrc.nevada.edu/museum/Exhibits/present.html)

11/6/08            Daily Democrat, Woodland, CA, “First Friday Puts Focus on Digital Photography”

11/08   “Utter Fear”, catalogue “Urban Legends and Country Tales”, International Juried show, Bonita Museum  & Cultural Center, Bonita, CA

10/23/08         Sacramento Bee,  “Artist’s Advice:  When creativity hits a snag, sing it free” (Page D1)

                        (http://www.sacbee.com/384/story/1334990.html)

10/08               American Art Collector 2008 – a Juried Competition of New Work, Alcove Books, Berkeley CA

6/8/08              Sacramento Bee, “Critics Pick” “Ann Tracy’s Digital Art at Luna’s Café”

5/15/06            Sacramento Bee, “Artsbase Midtown's HQ Celebrates A Year Of Offering A Space To Mingle And Exchange Ideas (Page E1)

4/14/05            Sacramento News and Review, “An Incubator for Culture”    http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/content?oid=34844/14/05          

11/01               Sacramento Magazine, “Ann Tracy”, Lynne Marie Rominger (Pages 86-90)

2/6/85              Sacramento Bee, NEW KGNR VOICES JUST PLAIN FOLKS (Page D05)







Education



Various photography workshops with Elizabeth Opalenik (2010, 2011, 2012)

Digital Drawing, Marcelle Wiggins, Cosumnes River College, Sacramento (Class 2007)

Digital Video Art, Paula Levine, San Francisco State University (Class 1998)                       

Mixed Media, Kate Huston, San Francisco School of Art (Class 1998)

BA (Theatre-Communications), Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL (1992)





Theatre Directing – Commercial Acting resumes:  see Smell of the Greasepaint page
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