Anne Brayartist, Executive Directorat LA Freewaves
Anne Bray has been working at the intersection of public space and media art as a hybrid artist and director of the nonprofit media arts organization, Freewaves. Engagement with edgy, demanding, clarifying art by a broad public is Bray’s mission. Her specialty is finding platforms for pressing and compelling subjects to be broached from various angles. She exhibits that work in formats that publics, often unaware of contemporary art, can comprehend without the work losing its integrity. In her art, like in her career, she contrasts different points of view side by side. Viewers are asked to examine themselves. Questions are often the format.
Her educational experience includes photography history at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, new technology art with MIT artists, and new genres at UCLA (MFA, 1985), creating the conceptual framework to posit media arts as public art. As a lecturer, she taught graduate seminars for 25 years in the new genre arts at Claremont Graduate University plus digital art and public art at USC.
Her recent awards include The Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Cultural Trailblazer award, UCLA Confucius Institute commission, NEA Our Town grant, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant. LA Times, Hyperallergic, Public Art Review, Artillery, Art 21, X-Tra, Afterimage and Artforum have written about her work as well as Lucy Lippard, Holly Willis, Sara Diamond, Catherine Wagley, Margaret Morse, Laura Marks, Karen Moss, Jackie Apple and Susan Kandel. She has given 150 lectures, juries and panels in Los Angeles and internationally.