George Ray McCormick (1944 - 2009)

Birth date: 8/26/1944 Death date: 7/30/2009  
Birth location: Vicksburg, Mississippi Death location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin  
Media: African-American Art , Ceramic Sculpture , Folk & Outsider Art , Sculpture , Woodcarving Web site:
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Biographical Brief

Education:
1960, Self taught artist who studied tailoring and welding, Milwaukee Area Technical College.
1984, Milwaukee Area Technical College, certified in tailoring and cabinet making
1992, began making dolls
1994, first woodcarving in the round
1996, first relief carvings
1997, meets fellow Wisconsin artist and partner Evelyn Patricia Terry
1999, Began making first metal sculptures
2000, Establishes studio in the United Community Center and tries to work full-time as an artist
2000, Experiments with ceramic bowls and figures
Art Organizations:
2004, exhibiting member of ABEA (African-American Artists Beginning to Educate Americans About African-American Art)
Awards:
1995, Holiday Black Doll Festival, Columbus, Ohio (First Place)
2003,Kentuck Art Festival, Northpoint, AL (Purchase Award)
Commissions:
2004, commissioned by City of Milwaukee to fabricate steel symbols for Walnut Street Bridge. (Marquette Interchange Project)
2004, Kingfisher, commissioned by Wisconsin Arts Board, enters White House Collection.
2004, Commissioned by City of Milwaukee to fabricate steel symbols for Walnut Street Bridge: (Marquette Interchange Project)
2004, Kingfisher: commissioned by Wisconsin Arts Board, enters White House Collection
Exhibitions:
1998, External Traditions, Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1998, Sesquicentennial Folklife Festival, Madison, Wisconsin
1999, People's Day Festival, Chiba City, Japan
2000, Black Creativity, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Ill.
2002, Wisconsin Visions: A Journey of Wisconsin Self-Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art, Walker's Point Center for the Arts (WPCA), Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2003, George Ray McCormick Jr.-First solo exhibition, Garden Room, Shorewood, Wisconsin
2003, Yearning for the Sea:The Inner Voyage in Folk Art, Walker's Point Center for the Arts (WPCA), Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2005, The Wisconsin Contemporary African American Artist Exhibition, Mother Kathryn Daniels Conference Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2007, Artists of Color,Peltz Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2007,Africa-N-American Artists, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2008, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Walker's Point Center for the Art (WPCA), Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2008, Art in Bloom, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2008, From the Secular to the Spiritual, Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee (retrospective exhibition)

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