M. Alexander Gray (Alex) grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. He took an interest in visual things from young age. Some of his earliest memories involve his enthusiasm for photos and illustrations in National Geographic magazine and his attempts to trace them.  In elementary school he enjoyed collaborating on drawings with his friends and would seek to imitate what he liked about their drawing styles.

            Alex attended the art school at Virginia Commonwealth University but completed his education at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. At the Corcoran he found a fine art program that emphasized concept development over skill-building; regardless he owes a great deal to his studies at that institution. He is especially grateful for the hours he spent in the Corcoran's printmaking studios, as well as their figure drawing and painting classes.

            Since mid-2013, Alex has dedicated himself to working on his art full-time. He has exhibited at galleries not only in the DC area but also nationally, and received numerous awards and recognitions. In 2014 he began working and exhibiting at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and in 2018 acquired his own studio there. He gets great enjoyment from exploring the countryside of Maryland, Virginia, and surrounding states, documenting places and landscapes which form the inspiration for his prints.

EXHIBITIONS

2019

Solo show at Misciagna Center for the Performing Arts, Penn State, Altoona PA

Ann Metzger National Biennial Exhibition, St. Louis MO

Philadelphia Sketch Club Works on Paper Show, Philadelphia PA

Regional Juried Exhibition, The Hill Center, Washington DC

40 under 40, Shenandoah Vallery Art Center, Waynesboro VA

37th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Peoria IL

Solo show at Academy Center of the Arts, Lynchburg VA (forthcoming)

Radius 250, Artspace Gallery, Richmond VA

2019 Atlanta Print Biennial, Kai Lin Art Center, Atlanta GA

"Ink It: Contemporary Print Practices" Blackrock Center for the Arts, Germantown MD

39th Annual National Print Exhibition, Artlink Contemporary Art Center, Fort Wayne, IN

City of Overland Park 2019 National Juried Show, Overland Park, KS

National Juried Competition, Academy Center for the Arts, Lynchburg VA

50th Anniversary Treasury of Art Show and Sale, Vienna Community Center, Vienna VA

FALC 24th Annual Juried Exhibition, Page-Walker Art and History Center, Cary, NC

2019 Works on Paper National Juried Exhibition, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies NJ

Providence Art Club 2019 National Juried Exhibition, Providence RI

Solo show at the Hill Center, Washington DC

31st Annual Juried Exhibition, Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council, Texarkana TX

Architectonic, Foundry Art Center, St. Charles MO

32nd Annual National Juried Exhibition, South Cobb Arts Alliance, Mableton GA

National Original Print Exhibition 2019, Bankside Gallery, London UK

Viewpoint 51 National Juried Competition, Cincinnati Art Club, Cincinnati OH

Original: Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Prints, Crooked Tree Art Center, Traverse City MI

October National 2019, Madden Arts Center, Decatur IL

3rd Annual National Juried Competition, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Wausau WI

2019 Virginia Artists Juried Competition, Charles H. Taylor Art Center, Hampton VA

5th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Oxford Arts Alliance, Oxford PA

 

2018

Center for Contemporary Arts National Juried Show, Abilene TX

November 2018 Open Exhibit, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria VA

Small Works 2018, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs NY

90th Grand National Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York NY

October 2018 Self-Portrait Exhibit, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria VA

Impressions: National Juried Printmaking Show, Rockville MD

52nd Founders Juried Awards Exhibition, Naples, FL

New Waves, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach VA

Best of the Region, Manassas VA

New Hope Art League Juried Show, Doylestown PA

VMRC Juried Exhibition, Harrisonburg VA

National Juried Competition, Academy Center for the Arts, Lynchburg VA

Regional Juried Exhibition, The Hill Center, Washington DC

4th Annual Hand-pulled Prints, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn NY

Bank of the Arts Juried Exhibition, New Bern NC

2018 SAAG National Juried Show, Blue Ridge GA

4th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Oxford Arts Alliance, Oxford PA

 

2017

Boston Printmakers North American Biennial, Cambridge MA

Full Court Press North American Juried Print Exhibition, Corpus Christi TX

Solo show at the Art League Gallery, Alexandria VA

National Juried Competition, Academy Center for the Arts, Lynchburg, VA

Mamaroneck Artists Guild – Small Works Exhibition, Larchmont, NY

Escape: Art on Vacation, Ann Marie Art Center, Solomons MD

Regional Juried Exhibition, The Hill Center, Washington DC

Cooperstown Art Assc. Nat’l Juried Exhibit, Cooperstown NY

Mark Arts Printmaking Nat’l Exhibition, Wichita KS

Bower Center for the Arts Nat’l Juried Show, Bedford VA

2017 Atlanta Print Biennial, Kai Lin Art Center, Atlanta GA

37th Annual National Print Exhibition, Artlink Contemporary Art Center, Fort Wayne, IN

"Art Now: Printmaking" Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI

"Ink It: Contemporary Print Practices" Blackrock Center for the Arts, Germantown MD

“Small Works”, The Shirt Factory Gallery, Glen Falls NY

Solo show at Arlington County Judicial Chambers

 

2016

“Ctrl + P: Printmakers Inc”  Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda MD

“Printmakers Inc” Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory, Manassas VA

“Printmakers Inc” Lombardi Cancer Center, Washington DC

National Juried Exhibition, Delaplaine Art Center, Frederick MD

Regional Juried Exhibition, The Hill Center, Washington DC

Juried exhibits, The Art League, Alexandria VA

Monthly Member exhibits, Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC

Monthly Member exhibits, Gallery Underground, Crystal City VA

Monthly Member exhibits, Printmakers Inc, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria VA

Monthly Member exhibits, Gallery 75, The Art League, Alexandria VA

Resident artist exhibits, Palette 22, Arlington VA

 

2015

“Small Wonders” Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis MD

Solo show at the Hill Center, Washington DC

“Minisolos” Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC

Regional Juried Exhibition, The Hill Center, Washington DC

“Printmaking” The Falls Church Art Center, Falls Church VA

National Juried Exhibition, Delaplaine Art Center, Frederick MD

Solo show at Printmakers Inc, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria VA

Gallery 75 member exhibit, Alexandria City Hall, Alexandria VA

Juried exhibits, The Art League, Alexandria VA

Monthly Member exhibits, Printmakers Inc, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria VA

Monthly Member exhibits, Gallery 75, The Art League, Alexandria VA

 

2014

Solo show – Arlington Central Library, Arlington VA

Gallery 50, Waynesboro PA

Juried exhibits, The Art League, Alexandria VA

Monthly Member exhibits, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Silver Spring MD

Monthly Member exhibits, Printmakers Inc, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria VA

Monthly Member exhibits, Gallery 75 (Bin Gallery), The Art League, Alexandria VA

 

2013

November Small Works Show, The Art League, Alexandria VA

 

2008

Exhibit at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda MD

Member exhibits, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington DC

 

2005 – 2007

Juried exhibitions, The Art League, Alexandria VA

 

MEMBERSHIPS

Juried into the Torpedo Factory Artist’s Association, April 2017

The Art League Gallery, Gallery 75 (Bin Gallery) at the Art League Gallery

Printmakers Inc. at the Torpedo Factory

Touchstone Gallery

Gallery Underground

Washington Printmakers Gallery

 

 

AWARDS

 

Honorable Mention: "Aqueduct at Warren, Albemarle County, Virginia" (woodcut)

5th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Oxford Arts Alliance, Oxford PA

Second Prize: “Hardware River Aqueduct III” (engraving)

Fine Arts League of Cary’s 24th Annual Juried Exhibition, Cary NC

 

Torpedo Factory Artists Association Award: “Hardware River Aqueduct III” (engraving)

2019 Art League Patrons Show, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria VA

 

Honorable Mention: “Hardware River Aqueduct III” (engraving)

November Open Exhibit, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria VA

 

Third Place: “Mouth of the Tye River, Nelson County, Virginia” (woodcut)

2018 National Juried Show, Oxford Arts Alliance, Oxford PA

 

Honorable Mention: “Self Portrait” (engraving)

October Self Portrait Exhibit, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria VA

 

First Place: “Hardware River Aqueduct II” (woodcut)

2018 Hill Center Regional Juried Exhibition, Washington DC

 

Popular Choice award: “Hardware River Aqueduct II” (woodcut)

VMRC Juried Art Show 2018, Harrisonburg, VA

 

Award of Merit: “Byrd Creek Aqueduct” (engraving)

New Hope Art League Juried Show, Doylestown PA

 

Honorable Mention: “Mouth of the Tye River, Nelson County, Virginia” (woodcut)

52nd Founders Juried Awards Exhibition, Naples, FL

 

Juror’s Choice Award: “Aqueduct on the James River Canal” (woodcut)

National Juried Competition, Academy Center for the Arts

 

Award for Technical Merit: “Byrd Creek Aqueduct” (engraving)

2017 Atlanta Print Biennial

 

Honorable Mention: “Byrd Creek Aqueduct” (engraving)

Art Now: Printmaking, Ann Arbor Art Center, February 2017

 

Third Place : “Seneca Creek Aqueduct” (woodcut)

Hill Center Regional Juried Exhibition, June 2016

 

Honorable Mention : “Pictograph Cave” (woodcut)

Landscapes Show, The Art League Gallery, August 2015

 

 

Second Place: “Old Logging Railroad” (woodcut)

Hill Center Regional Juried Exhibition, June 2015

 

Honorable Mention: “Aqueduct on the James River Canal” (woodcut)

Delaplaine National Juried Exhibition, May 2015

 

Honorable Mention: “Cool Cat” (relief engraving)

Juried Exhibition at The Art League Gallery, November 2014

 

Second Place: “Seneca Creek Aqueduct” (woodcut)

Juried Exhibition at The Art League Gallery, May 2014

 

 

Third Place: “Inn at James City, Madison County, Virginia” (relief engraving)

Juried Exhibition at The Art League Gallery, November 2013

 

“Off the Press” Award Corcoran College of Art and Design student award for printmaking, 2007

 

“Excellence in Printmaking” student prize

awarded by Washington Printmakers Gallery and Washington Print Club, 2007