BRUCE GRAY - BFA in Design, 1983
On his work:
I am a sculptor based in Los Angeles and I have been making modern sculptures, abstract paintings, and functional art full time since 1989. I just finished a distorted guitar sculpture for the Zimmer Museum in LA, and I am currently working on a wall sculpture for Children's Hospital Boston - Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic. I also appeared in 2006 with several of my sculptures on Gene Simmons' Family Jewels
, a program on the A&E Television Network.
On his recent accomplishments:
Some of my recent sculpture commissions include Edwards Air Force Base, Little Rock National Airport, Clean Harbors Environmental Services, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Eye and Ear Institute, Kaiser Permanente, and Vanderbilt University. My work will also be featured in a half-dozen different publications in the first quarter of 2007.
On his proudest achievement as an artist:
I would have to say there is not a specific achievement. The fact that I have been able to survive and support myself by making art every day is still amazing to me, and I am very thankful that I have been able to do that consistently. I also have to admit that I do get a big kick out of seeing my work in films and on TV. I have been fortunate enough to have my work featured in hundreds of Hollywood productions, including Austin Powers, Meet the Fockers, and Six Feet Under.
I had very limited experience in art and design until I went to UMass Dartmouth. There, within the Design and Photography programs, I finally felt that I had chosen the right area of study. All of my professors were dedicated to helping me develop my creative eye and mind, which in turn has lead me on the path to becoming a working sculptor. In particular, I was very much inspired in the classroom by Professors Elaine Fisher
and Howard Windham
On lessons learned in the "real world":
Success in fine arts is not an easy road. You not only have to be talented, but seriously dedicated and willing to pursue that dream at any cost. It is VERY hard work being a sculptor, but I absolutely love it!
Advice for today's students:
Any person who wants to be a fine artist would do themselves a big favor to include a course or two that will help them run their own business, if that is what they are looking to do. Courses in photography, marketing, advertising, accounting, and computers-which, fortunately are all available at UMass Dartmouth--will all come in very handy.