Rhonda Gray

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Rhonda Gray is a visual artist who works in oil, acrylics, specialty papers, sand, molding compounds and mixed media. Through her company Rhonda Gray Art Worldwide, Inc., she offers a variety of culturally conscious, beautiful and inspiring fine art.

The motto for Rhonda’s company is “Bringing vision to life!” To bring her vision to life, she has a mission “to educate, empower and beautify!” A self-taught and inspiring artist, Rhonda uses her God-given talent to celebrate the beauty, culture and spirit of African Americans.

In the short span of 9 years that Rhonda has worked as a professional artist, many private collectors have acknowledged her talents and purchased her art in the United States, and internationally in countries such as England, Sweden, Brazil, Canada, Poland, France, Ireland and Germany. Additionally, celebrities such as Vanessa Williams, Donna Richardson Joyner, Irma P. Hall (“Big Mama” from the film Soul Food) and Grammy-nominated singers/songwriters Lalah Hathaway and Kelly Price have also included Rhonda’s art in their private collections. The BET television network selected and featured her art on one of its popular shows, College Hill.

In her hometown of Chicago – a Mecca for the arts – Rhonda was honored as the featured artist during the 30th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival in 2008 where one of her musically inspired paintings was used as the official design image. Her work has been exhibited in many venues, including juried art shows, festivals and distinguished galleries such as the DuSable Museum of African American History, University of Illinois Chicago, South Shore Cultural Center, eta Creative Arts Foundation, Zhou B Art Center, Gallery Guichard, Griffin Gallery, Grant Park, Millennium Park and the Drake Hotel.

A dedicated educator, Rhonda taught art and history in Chicago area schools for six years. She earned her B.A degree in history education in 2002 from the University of Northern Iowa and M.A. degree in history from Chicago State University. Rhonda currently teaches World History, US History, and African American History at Triton College in River Grove, IL. Rhonda is also a contracted artist for DuSable Museum’s Making History Come Alive community and educational arts program teaching youth and adults a variety of arts education courses. A member of the Chicago Artists Coalition, the American Society of Artists, the Association for the Study of African American History and Life. Rhonda is also a humanitarian whose community service has extended to Habitat for Humanity, the Sickle Cell Disease Association, Gallery 37 and Kaleidoscope, Inc.

Recognized for her vibrant interpretations of women, sisterhood, unity and love in her visual art, Rhonda’s work clearly exemplifies all that is beautiful in the African American culture. With several successes under her belt in the competitive art world, Rhonda Gray is poised to take her work to the next level.

-Rhonda Gray

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