Profile

I am an artist and a musician, and collaborator in multi-media film, installation and performance. I am also Lecturer in painting and drawing

Education

2003 MFA, Painting and Drawing, University of New Mexico
1996 BS, Fine Art, 1996, Magna Cum Laude, University of South Florida
1996 BS, Art Education, Cum Laude, University of South Florida

Work Experience

2016-18 FULL TIME LECTURER, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley
2015-16 FULL TIME ARTIST, Community enrichment through weekly workshops (ongoing) both in figure drawing as well as figure painting from life model. Figure Painting workshop with “Art Awakenings”
2010-15 FULL TIME INSTRUCTOR, South Texas College, McAllen, TX. Services include collaboration in video and digital art with the music dept, primarily in live performance. Safety liaison between Safety Dept and Studio faculty. Degree Plan collaboration. Continuing facilitation of life drawing, model training.
2009-10 Adjunct Art Instructor, South Texas College
2009 LECTURER, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PAN AMERICAN, and SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE
Duties: Teach Painting, Art Appreciation
2008-09 LECTURER, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PAN AMERICAN
Duties: Teach Painting and Drawing, seminar Contemporary Issues in Art, Studio Painting Tools and Strategies to stretcher building, demos open to all students, faculty
2007-08 Adjunct Professor, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PAN AMERICAN
Duties: Teach Painting and Drawing, 2-D Design, Art Appreciation
2005-07 AJUNCT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA,
Duties: Teach Painting and Drawing
2005-07 ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, ECKERD COLLEGE, PROGRAM FOR EXPERIENCED LEARNERS
Duties: Teach Painting
2005-07 INSTRUCTOR, SAINT PETERSBURG COLLEGE, CONTINUING EDUCATION
Duties: Teach Painting and Drawing
2006 INSTRUCTOR, GULFCOAST MUSEUM OF ART SCHOOL
Duties: Teach Painting
2005-07 INSTRUCTOR, SAINT PETERSBURG ARTS CENTER
Duties, Teach Figure Drawing, Painting
2004-05 ARTIST, SUBSTITUTE TEACHER, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
Duties: Substituting
2003-04 ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
Duties: Teach Painting and Drawing
2003-04 INSTRUCTOR, CONTINUING EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
Duties: Teach Painting and Drawing
1999-03 GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT, UNVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO,
Duties: Teach Drawing, Painting, 2-D design
1996-99 ART TEACHER, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, TAMPA, FLORIDA
Duties: Create and Teach Art Curriculum Grades 1-5
1990-96 PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN
1986-90 UNITED STATES NAVY
Duties: Gas Turbine Mechanic

Public Art and Murals

2017 “Untitled”, 13’x 66′, acrylic directly on wall. Commissioned by Lumina Designs for RGV Careers

Exhibitions

Solo

2017 “Porziuncola”, Centre Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
2016 “Porziuncola”, Upper Valley Art League, Mission, TX
2015 “St. Francis”, Beyond Arts Gallery, Harlingen, TX
2014 “This is Our Garden”, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
2014 “This is Our Garden”, North American Art Gallery, McAllen, TX
2012 “Heliotropes”, South Texas College, Center for Learning Excellence, McAllen, TX
2012 “The Garden”, Serena Pandos Gallery, McAllen, TX
2010 Archetyptonics, Studio @ 620, St. Petersburg, FL
2010 “Drawing, Divining”, Manichaus Modern Art Space, McAllen, TX
2008 “Garden”, Manichaus Art Space, McAllen, TX
2007 Portraits, “First Name Only”, Tampa Public Library
2007 Portraits, “First Name Only”, Saint Petersburg College
2006 TECO plaza, “Gait”, Tampa FL
2005 “Name, Mine” , Saint Petersburg Arts Center, Saint Petersburg, FL
2005 “Meaningfullessfullness”, Tampa, FL
2004 Solo Exhibition, the Beck Gallery, Lutz, FL
2004 “Full Circle With Tangent”, St. Petersburg, FL
2003 “First Name Only”, The Walls, Albuquerque, NM
2003 “Flying Man” O’Neill’s, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2003 “First Name Only”, John Sommers’ Gallery, UNM, Albuquerque, NM
2003 “Hypercube”, O’Neill’s Uptown, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2001 “Momente” Hyde Park Fine Arts, Tampa, FL
2000 “Last Chance Texaco” Hyde Park Fine Arts, Tampa, FL
2000 Large Scale Drawings, Saint Petersburg Arts Center, Saint Petersburg, FL
1999 “Ether…” Silver Meteor Gallery, Tampa, FL
1999 “New Works” Fusion/Flux Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
1998 “Mannequins” Mahaffey Theatre, St. Petersburg, FL
1995 St. Petersburg Center for the Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
1995 Centre Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
1994 Szilage Gallery at 145, Tampa, FL

Selected Juried and Invitational

2017 “OVUNQUE PROTEGGI (Prayers and miracles)” organized and curated  by ArtSOB y Yanira
Delgado in collaboration Ágora y la Gallery Atelier Casa Mexicana,and Monica Ramirez Art,
Santa Caterina D’Alessandria, Bitonto, Bari, Italy
2016 44th International Art Show, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, TX, Cande Aguilar Juror
2016 Quinta Mazatlan, “Arte Nativo”, McAllen, TX
2016 Art Undressed, ES Art Group, Miami, FL
2016 Loteria, High Wire Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2015 UVAL Tower Artists, McAllen, TX
2015 Religious Icons, The Centennial, McAllen, TX
2015 Nueve (9), Galeria 409, Brownsville, TX
2015 Back and Forth, Silver Meteor Gallery, Tampa, FL
2014 International Exhibition in Assisi, Art Gallery Le Logge
2014 Faculty Exchange Exhibit, Texas A&M Kingsville, TX
2014 International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Le Logge, Assisi UNESCO World Heritage Site
2014 Naked in New Hope, Sidetracks Art Gallery, New Hope, Pennsylvania
2013 Naked in New Hope, Sidetracks Art Gallery, New Hope, Pennsylvania
2013 “Seven Point One”, Gallery 409, Brownsville, TX
2012 “Smart Animals”, North American Art Gallery, McAllen, TX
2012 “What is Sacred” Serena Pandos Gallery, McAllen, TX
2012 “Open Season for Artists”, Invitational Exhibition,Serena Pandos Gallery, McAllen, TX
2011 “Eclectic Chaos IIA”, West Orange, NJ
2011 Third Coast National Juried Exhibition, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX
2011 Texas Biennial, “Sans Serif” Collaboration with Donna Mason Sweigart, IMAS, McAllen, TX
2010 Jim Toia, Islands, Kim Foster Gallery, NY, NY
2010 “Dialogus”,Invitational, Lima, Peru
2010 2nd Annual McAllen Arts Council Fine Art Exhibition
2010 25th Annual Juried exhibition, University of Texas, Tyler, Texas
2009 “New Life” Legacy Fundraiser for Mission Regional Medical Center
2009 “Upper Valley Art League Members Exhibition”, Mission, TX
2009 “Buzz Willi-B” Invitational Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY
2008 “Harvest”, ArtHouse, McAllen, TX
2008 “Texas Tea”, Nederlands
2007 “1967”, curated by Anthony Crisafulli, International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, TX
2007 Douglas Clark Gallery, McAllen, TX
2007 “Best Artful Protest” for “Project Home”, Weekly Planet, Tampa Bay, FL
2007 “1967”, curated by Anthony Crisafulli, Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, TX
2006 Caladan Gallery, Boston, MA
2002 Beth-el Invitational Group Exhibition, St. Petersburg, FL
2000 New Graduate Group Exhibition, Raymond Jonson Gallery, UNM, New Mexico
2000 Hyde Park Fine arts, Second Annual Juried Exhibition, Tampa, FL
Juror, Adrienne Golub, Best of Show
1999 University of South Florida Faculty/Alumni Exhibition, Invitational
1999 Cerebral Arts Festival, Performance/ Installation in tandem with the music group Tricycle, DJ Tres, and various multi-
media artists, St. Petersburg, FL
1999 Northern national Juried Art Exhibition, Rhinelander, WI
Juror: Christopher Brown
1999 The Combined Talents: Florida National, Florida State University, FL
Jurors: Kabuya Bowens, Davina Grunstein, and Hugh Peacock
1999 Best of Tampa, Hyde Park Fine Arts, Tampa, FL. Award of Merit
1998 National Art Exhibition, Charlotte County Art Guild, Punta Gorda, FL
1998 Drawing Now, National Juried Drawing Exhibition, Venice, FL
Juror: Marilyn Moss, Best of Show
1997-98 Beth-el International Art Festival, St. Petersburg, FL
Silver Anniversary Award of Excellence
1997 Northern National Juried Art Competition, Rhinelander, WI
Juror: Phillip Pearlstein
1997 Florida Biennial II, Gulfcoast Art Museum, Belleair, FL
Juror: Tom Hinson, Purchase Award
1997 All Florida Spring Juried Exhibition, St. Petersburg, FL
Juror: Barbara Hill, John Brown Memorial Painting Award
1996 University of South Florida Juried Exhibition, Tampa, FL
Fine Arts Forum Painting Award
1995 All Florida Spring Juried Exhibition, St. Petersburg, FL. Juror: C. Gerozissis
1995 Florida Center for Contemporary Art, Pride Film Festival, Tampa, FL
1995 Gallery @145 “La Bella Dozza”, St Petersburg, FL
1995 St. Petersburg Arts Center, Staff and Student Exhibition
1995 St. Petersburg Arts Center, Solo Exhibition
1995 USF Juried Student Exhibition
1994 All Florida Juried Spring Exhibition, St. Petersburg, FL
Juror: H. Messersmith

Selected Group Shows

2018 Upper Valley Art League Members Exhibition
2017 UTRGV Faculty Exhibition, Brownsville, TX
2014 La Frontera, with Yoli Cantu, Serena Pandos Studio Gallery
2014 Mozart Madness video Installation, With William Buhidar, South Texas College
2013 Mozart Madness Art/Stage Installation, With William Buhidar, South Texas College
2013 Open Season for Art 2, Serena Pandos Studio Gallery, McAllen, TX
2012 Members Exhibition, Upper Valley Art League, Mission Texas
2012 “Au Natural”, figurative exhibition, South Texas College, McAllen, TX
2011 South Texas College, “Keitz, Leonard, Murray” New Faculty Exhibition, McAllen, TX
2009 Portraiture: In Three Movements, St. Petersburg, FL
2008 Casa De Cultura, Reynosa, Mexico
2007 War Paint, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
2007 Art of Healing, Salt Creek Art Works, St. Petersburg, FL
2006 6[5], Ybor City, FL
2006 Interstices, Tampa FL
2005 “Art After dark”, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
2005 I Love St. Pete, St. Pete, FL
1999 Avant-Hop, Tampa, FL
1999 He Said She Said, Tampa, FL
1998 Lost Weekend, Tampa, FL

Selected Permanent Collections

Rio Grande Valley College, large scale mural
Leepa-Ratner Museum of Art, Saint Petersburg, FL
Rise Foundation, Savannah, GA
Canson Inc, 21 Industrial Drive, South Hadley, MA 010075
Gulfcoast Art Museum, Largo, FL. (Recently Purchased by Saint Petersburg College)
Ken Rollins, Director Gulfcoast Art Museum
Robert and Monique Larocque, Leiden, Holland
David Paul Carlson, Tampa, FL
Jim and Barbra Beeler, Tampa, FL
Brett Verona, Tampa, FL

Collaborations/ Curatorial History

2012 Juror, University of Texas Pan American Student Show, Mission, TX
2011 Leslie Elsasser, “The Blind One Smiled as he Watched the Falling Snow”, South Texas College, McAllen, TX
2011 Juror, University of Texas Pan American Student Show, Mission, TX
2011 “Crop” Collaborative Exhibition with Donna Mason Sweigart, Centre Gallery, Tampa, FL
2010 “Sans Serif” Collaborative Exhibition with Donna Mason Sweigart, Studio 620, St Petersburg, FL
2009 Scored, music production and post-production; Independent Film “11 Years of Nightmares and a Wasted Lifetime” Director Roberto Collado
2008 Initiated and coordinated Juried Student Juried Exhibition, Mission, Texas.
2008 Portraiture in 3 Movements, performance exhibit
2007 Project Home St. Pete,; Homebound
2006 Co-curator; “He Said, She Said”, Hyde Park Fine Arts, 1999
2005 Co-director; “Y2k Survival Sale and Auction”, Covivant Gallery, Tampa, FL.
1998-00 Co-curator; Cerebral Arts Festivals, multi-media collaborative events, St. Petersburg, FL

Artist Residencies

2014 Arte Studio Ginestrelle, Assisi, Italia

Awards

2016 1st Place Painting Award, 44th International Art Show, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, TX
2014 Artist Residency, Aertestudio Ginestrelle, Assisi, Italy
2000 Awarded Florida Artists Fellowship
1996 Inducted into Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi

Publications

Books

2014 “This is Our Garden”, Catalogue, by Thomas Murray, ISBN-13: 978-1496008343
2009 “Painter” The Works of Thomas Murray” by Anthony Crisafulli, Twadell Press, ISBN 1449547001

Periodicals

2016, UTRGV Instructors Combine Works to Form Annual Exhibit, Brownsville Herald, Brownsville, TX
Oct. 8, 2016, GARDEN VIEW: Celebrating native plants and more, The Monitor, McAllen, TX
2016, SURFACE TREATMENT: Artist’s talent comes alive in latest exhibit, The Monitor, McAllen, TX
2014, Valley Life, “Murray’s Eden”, The Monitor, McAllen, TX
2013. Sept 9th, “Open Season for Art”, Serena Pandos Gallery, The Monitor, McAllen, TX
2013, Feb 4th, SURFACE TREATMENT, “A Mad Mix”, The Monitor, McAllen, TX
2012, SURFACE TREATMENT, “It’s Sacred”, The Monitor, McAllen, TX
2008, Texas Monthly, Austin, TX
2007, The Monitor, McAllen, TX
2006, Saint Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL
2006, Weekly Planet, Tampa, FL
2006, Creative Loafing, Tampa, FL
2005, Saint Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL
2000 Art Papers
November 1999, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL
November 1999, Cultural Affairs magazine, Tampa, FL
2000, Art Papers
Oct. 21-27, Weekly Planet, Tampa, FL
September 10 1999, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL
Sept. 20 1996, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL
September 1999, Cultural Affairs, Tampa, FL
August 1999, Tribune, Tampa, FL
May 1997, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL
November 1996, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL
July 1996, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL
May 1994, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL