The Art Show at the JEA beginning January 1, 2014, will feature the works of
Raymond Gaddy – Biography
Says Raymond Gaddy, “I never intended to be an artist. Growing up, I’m not even sure I knew that you could be a ‘professional’ artist. I wanted to be the best surgeon there was. I could think of nothing more amazing than cutting someone up and putting them back together again even better than they were before. In school Biology, chemistry and physics were all fascinating and challenging, but none of them compared to the difficulty of the ‘easy A’ painting class I took three years into my undergraduate education.”
It has been fifteen years since he took that life altering class. Gaddy completed his MFA in Painting in 2000 and began aggressively pursuing both his art career and his teaching career. He continued making his work and exhibiting it nationally and internationally. He has exhibited in many museums and galleries including the Exit Art Gallery, NY; The Tampa Museum of Art, FL; The Attelboro Museum of Art, MA; and the Art Center of Design in Pasadena, CA. His work has been included in many public and private collections including the College of Notre Dame of Maryland; The Savannah College of Art and Design; and the Library of Congress.
Gaddy teaches painting and drawing at the University of North Florida. Teaching has given him the opportunity to grow in ways he never expected. Because of teaching he has been able to travel widely including spending the last three years teaching in Rome, Italy in the UNF Study Abroad program. He recently was able to study Dutch painting techniques in the Conservation Department of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Gaddy believes in the societal importance of the arts. He is a member of the City of Savannah Cultural Affairs Commission. He has spent the last three years as the Director of the UNF Gallery of Art. In this role he also serves as a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville. As part of these organizations he is able to exhibit the work of artists who he believes will enrich the lives of his students and the larger UNF community and the City of Jacksonville, Florida.
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