Zoe Bray: Painting Contemporary Portraits


Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Reception, 6:15pm
Talk, 7pm
at the Community Development Building
108 E Proctor Street, Carson City

Painting Contemporary Portraits
CCAI Nevada Neighbors Talk by Dr. Zoe Bray

On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, the Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] will present a talk bybray-portrait artist Zoe Bray, PhD. Her illustrated talk, Painting Contemporary Portraits is the next in CCAI’s Nevada Neighbors series. The talk will take place at 7pm at the city’s Community Development building [formerly the BRIC], 108 E Proctor St, Carson City. There will be an informal reception for Zoe preceding the event at 6:15pm. The presentation and reception are free, and the public is cordially invited.

Zoe Bray is a social anthropologist and an artist in the realist tradition. Her art focuses on people and places with the question of identity being central to her work. She will discuss her paintings and the processes she uses when subjects sit for their portraits – how and why she selects a particular person. Her paintings are all done from life, with the model sometimes posing for several weeks. She will describe how portrait painting serves her to discover and connect with the diverse people of Jerusalem, a complex city and her current home.

She trained as a painter at the Charles Cecil Studio and the Florence Academy of Art [Italy], and briefly with internationally known painters Antonio Lopez Garcia and Guillermo Munoz Vera [Spain]. Her art is included in public and private collections in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Brazil and the USA.

Zoe earned an MA from the University of Edinburgh [UK] in Social Anthropology and a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence [Italy] in Social and Political Sciences. Between 2011 and 2015, Zoe was Professor in the Center for Basque Studies, at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is presently Visiting Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

As part of her CCAI visit, Dr. Bray will give her talk to art students and faculty at Sierra Nevada College.

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community planning and building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] is funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, City of Carson City, U.S. Bank Foundation, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

[top image: Zoe Bray in her studio, 2012]
[bottom left images: Nevada Humanities logo; Nevada Neighbors flier]
[bottom right image: Zoe painting with baby Noa and friend Batnadiv, January 2016]

Painting with Noa and Batnadiv, January 2016

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