William Denton Ray • Whimsical Funk

Professional Experience

Expo Design – Senior Designer – 1997-present

Power Team Wear – Freelance Apparel Designer – 2010- present

Kiwanis International – Contract Graphic Designer – 2003

Best Buy – District Display Artist – 1995

Education

Columbus College of Art & Design – 1992-1994

University of Indianapolis -1994-1995

Herron School of Art & Design – 1995-1996

Solo Exhibitions

2011 • “Funk Soul Brother” – SOLO Exhibition – Harrison Center Main Gallery / Indpls, IN

2011 • “RETRO Funk” SOLO Exhibition – Indiana Landmarks Center Gallery / Indpls, IN

2011 • “The Seeker Studies” – Pure Eatery – Solo Exhibit – Indpls. IN

Group Exhibitions

2011 • “The Wood Show” – A Group Exhibition – Gallery 924 – Arts Council of Indianapolis – Indpls. IN

2011• “Celebration of the Dead” – Indy indie Artist Colony Gallery – Group Show – Indpls, IN

2011 • “Zombie Show” – Gallery 22 – Group Show – Charlotte, NC

2011 • “COVERS” Group Exhibition – Harrison Center Gallery / Indpls, IN

2011 • “Let the Good Times Roll” – Gallery 22 – Group Show – Charlotte, NC

2011 • “Notes” – New Work on Paper – Art Box Gallery – Group Show – Indpls. IN

2011 • “Flower Show” – Indy indie Artist Colony Gallery – Group Show – Indpls, IN

2011 • “Contrast” – Baku Gallery / Culture Initiative – Group Show – Charlotte, NC

2011 • “IDADA First in Line” – Indy indie Artist Colony Gallery – Group Show – Indpls, IN

2011 • “Just Desserts” – Indy indie Artist Colony Gallery – Group Show – Indpls, IN

2011 • “Still Waiting….” – Gallery 22 – Group Show – Charlotte, NC

2011 • “Fish Show” – Indy indie Artist Colony Gallery – Group Show – Indpls, IN

2010 • Eon Art Projects – Group Show – Boulder, CO

2010 • Postcard Show – The Lab / Alternative Space – San Francisco, CA

2010 • Christmas Crush Group Exhibition – Harrison Center Gallery / Indpls, IN

2010 • Indianapolis featured Artist for Scion Exchange Event / Broad Ripple, IN

2010 • Artist of the Month – Grey House Coffee House / Lafayette, IN

2009 • Postcard Show – The Lab / Alternative Space – San Francisco, CA

2009 • TOYS – Holiday Invitational Group Show – Art Box Gallery / Indpls, IN

2009 • Black White and Read All over Group Exhibition – Harrison Center Gallery / Indpls, IN

2009 • IDADA Group Exhibition – Domont Gallery / Indpls, IN

2009 • “Format – Carnival of Chaos” with Caleb Winetraub & Andrew Winship – ArtBox Gallery / Indpls. IN

2009 • “Appropriating Nature” Residency Show with Mark Pack – Stutz Art Space / Indpls. IN

2009 • “Cardboard willustrations” – Harrison Center for the Arts – Indpls. IN

2009 • HOMExperience – Friday Night Artist Spotlight – Live Painting – Carmel, IN

2009 • Stutz Studio Tour / B-225b / Indpls, IN

2009 • “Hi-Pop” Art Show -Two man Show with James Ratliff – Wug Laku’s Studio & Garage

2008 • “Holiday Show” – Stutz / Indpls. IN

2008 • “Allotropy” – “Best in Show” / Primary Colours / Indpls. IN

2008 • “Lyrical Hand” Featured Artist of the Month – McFee Gallery / Indpls. IN

2007 • “Insulation” – Traveling Group Exhibition – Cincinnati, OH

2007 • Stutz Studio Tour / Indpls, IN

2007 • “The View” Group Show – Gallery 136 Greenfield, IN

2007 • Broad Ripple Art & Design Group Show / Broad Ripple, IN

2007 • Wheeler Arts Open House – Guest Artist – Group Show / Indpls, IN

2007 • Oranje / A presentation of local art and musical talent / Indpls, IN

2006 • Stutz Studio Tour / C-440 / Indpls, IN

2006 • Art Space 30 Spring open House Group Show / Indpls, IN

2006 • Art Space 30 – Fall Group Show / Indpls, IN

2006 • Impromptu Show – 4 Star Gallery Group Show / Indpls, IN

2006 • Featured guest Artist – Vanity Salon & Spa / Indpls, IN

2006 • Artist of the Month – Cafe’ Patachou – Carmel, IN

2006 • TOYS Show – Invitational Holiday Group Show / Primary Colours / Indpls, IN

2005 • Artist’s for Tsunami Relief – benefiting UNICEF – Group Show – Harrison Center/ Indpls, IN

2005 • War Today – School 30 • Open house – An Interactive Art Exhibit – Art Space 30

2005 • Stutz Studio Tour / C-440 / Indpls, IN

2005 • Artist of the Month / April – Lamp Fine Art Gallery/ Indpls, IN

2005 • Oranje / A presentation of local art and musical talent / Indpls, IN

2004 • “Get The Art Out” Group Show – Dean Johnson Gallery

2003 • Alto Art Gallery Opening / Kokomo, IN

2003 • Indianapolis Opera Patron Mask Party Artist / Indpls, IN

2002 • Allotropy 4 Art Event / Indpls, IN

2002 • JVC Jazz Festival Group Show / Savacou Art Gallery / NY, NY

2002 • Transformation: Expressions of Renewal & Hope the Work of Indiana
Artists, Post 9/11 (IBE & IHS) Charity Benefit
2002 • Lilly Art Fair / Faris Building 2 / Indpls. IN

2002 • Oranje / A presentation of local art and musical talent / Indpls, IN

2002 • “Allotropy 5” / Indpls. IN

2001 • Fall A/V Explo at the Steeple Art Gallery / St. John, IN

Collections

“In Oasis” – Garfield Park Arts Center, Indpls, IN

“Alpha Centauri” – Community North Hospital, Indpls, IN

“Joy Bloom“ – Joy House, Indpls. IN

Private Collectors throughout the USA

Commissions

2008 • Joy House, Indianapolis, IN

2007 • Fountain Square Murals (2 Locations)

2007 • “Culture Shock & Awe” – Picture Window Commission – Arts Council of Indianapolis

2007 • Caboost the Arts – Fishers Arts Council – Public Art Commission

2007 • Community North Hospital – Artwork Commission – “Alpha Centauri” / Indpls, IN

2005 • Mass Ave Painted Identity’s Indianapolis, IN – 2 Mural Locations

2005 • Dolphins by Design • Indianapolis Zoo

2003 • Art in Motion – Artist of “Carfitti” Sponsored by Kite Companies

Awards & Honors

2011 • Selected Artist for Mass Ave Light Box – “Lime Lighter”

2011 • Harrison Center on the Road – Featured Artist

2010 • Scion Exchange featured Artist – Indianpolis, IN

2008 • Allotropy “Best of Show”

2008 • Stutz Studio Residency Scholarship 08-09

2007 • Masterpiece in a Day – 3rd Place Non-Representational

2007 • “Best of Fringe” – Visual Fringe – Indy Fringe Festival

2007 • Honorable Mention – South Side Art League – Midwest National Abstract Show

2006 • Creative Native – 1st place Abstract Category – Garfield Park

2005 • WFYI – Inaugural Public Radio Poster Contest – Grand Prize Winner

2004 • 1st place National Preservation Week Poster Contest

2002 • Best Contemporary & Best of Show Abstract / Bridge to the Arts

Bibliography

Chicago ReaderAug. 18th, 2009 Morpho Gallery – Emerging Artists Show – “Tonight We Are the Same”, mixed media on wood , Image Used

Smaller Indiana – “One Art Event a week – Stutz Open House” – by Laura Frank – Image Used

NUVO (Indianapolis, IN), Mar.18th, 2009 – Hi-POP: New Work by William Ray Denton and James Ratliff by Susan Watt Grade – Review – 3 stars

Examiner.com – Preview: Serious Fun at Hi-Pop Exhibit – Preview Article by Indianapolis Artist Erin Swanson. Image Used

Metromix – (Indianapolis, IN), Nov. 9th, 2008 – “the lowdown on low-brow art” – by Konrad Marshal – Image used.

INDY.COM (Indianapolis, IN), Nov. 9th, 2008 – “Outside the Lines: Artist Recaptures earlier Passion.” by Konrad Marshall

NUVO (Indianapolis, IN), Jul. 9th-16th, 2008 – Visual Art – Triple Whammy in Broad Ripple – Image Used.

“Art Buzz, The 2008 Collection” – www.artbuzz.org – Alan Rowe, Editor. Images and statement used.

INDY.COM (Indianapolis, IN), 2007 – “Public art Indianapolis Photos” – Image used.

INTAKE (Indianapolis, IN), August 9th 2007 – Point of View – featured Artist – Nymphaea Series Images Used.

www.indyarts.org – Public Art – Community Hospital North Debuts New Work from Local Artists – Image Used

Be Indypendent Campaign (Arts Council of Indianapolis, IN), 2007 – Selected Art Image used for campaign. www.beindypendent.org

Urban Times (Indianapolis, IN), Feb. 2006 – “Big Happenings on the Avenue” – Cultural identity Murals – Images Used.

NUVO (Indianapolis, IN), Nov. 19-26, 2006 – Lamp Fine Art Featured Artist of the Month Review (3.5 Stars) by Allie Matters.

NUVO (Indianapolis, IN), Nov. 16-23, 2005 – Holiday Gift Guide, Nymphaea 2 – Image used.

NUVO (Indianapolis, IN), 2003 – Artists for Tsunami Relief Review 3.5 Stars, Mary Lee Pappas

Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, IN), 2005 – “A Radio of Many Colors”, Zach Dunkin. Image Used.

Art in Motion presented by 500 Festival, 2003 Published by IBJ Corp. – Carfitti – pg. 34 Image of Public Art Used.

References

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hugh@primarycolours.org

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