Achievement in Art: The Collecting Eye of Ray Graham

2200 S Van Buren
Amarillo, TX 79109

  • Presented By: Amarillo Museum of Art
  • Dates: January 20, 2024 - March 24, 2024
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Amarillo Museum of Art
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: Free
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  • Ray Graham is more than a collector of artworks. His longstanding and generous support of visual art has positively impacted artists and arts organizations throughout the country. It was as an anthropology student at the University of New Mexico that Ray befriended, and began to support, artists who were beginning their careers. As a result, many of the artists in the Graham collection live, or have lived, in proximity of his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The artworks on view in this exhibition reflect Ray’s curiosity and continuing commitment to supporting emerging artists, artists from within his community, and artists who may be underrecognized in their time.

    Photography has been an important part of Ray Graham’s collection. Included in this exhibition are photographs by John Gossage, who Graham commissioned to document the activist Charles Hyder when he left Albuquerque to fast in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, for the cause of nuclear disarmament. Meggan Gould’s installation of anthotypes titled Corporate Time/Doomsday Time as well as large format polaroid prints by collaborators Patrick Nagatani and Andrea Tracey address similar concerns about nuclear proliferation. There are also several photographs by Meridel Rubenstein on view, including toned gelatin silver prints from the Low Riders series among others.

    Ray Graham often supported artists over a long period of time. The exhibition includes multiple examples from these artists including Richard Hogan, Allan Graham, William Masterson, Russell Adams, Terry Conway, Jerry West, and Ron Cooper among many others. More recent additions to the Graham collection are included in the exhibition as well, from artists James Hart, Alyssa Eble, Esther Elia, Colin Smith, Jill Christian, and Lisa Dahl.

    Although this exhibition is comprised primarily of artworks from Ray Graham’s collection, it also includes artworks from artists that Ray has more recently befriended and wished to include alongside his collection. Bill Jehle, Kim Arthun, Michael K Bisbee, Benjamin McVey, and Mel Ziegler each have multiple artworks on view in the exhibition.

    Visitors to the exhibition will find a visually diverse array of artworks ranging from relatively small-scale objects by artists Stuart Arends or Ross Rudel, to large paintings from Richard Thompson or Charles Field. Sculptures from David Anderson, Patrick Simpson, and Jason Knapp are included along with mixed media works by Merry Scully, prints by Edward Ruscha, a drawing by Dennis Oppenheim, and an oil pastel by Ike Morgan. Other artists whose work is on view include Heather Bingham, Gregory Botts, David Bower, John Cliett, James Cogswell, Dirk De Bruyker, Michael Eastman, Jacques Flechemuller, Thomas Freund, Lee Hill, Lester Johnson, Matt Jones, Mark Kerckoff, David Koch, Rose Mary Mack, Adrian A. Martinez, Mary Mattingly, Sharret Rose, Robin Smith, Susanna Tanger, Cara Tomlinson, Peter Voshefski, and Josie Williams.

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