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gale fulton ross

"I wish to paint my images
in the air; I wish to paint reality abstract
and the abstract real."
- Gale Fulton Ross
Darkness and Light
Tampa Museum of African American Art Exhibition Catalogue



Gale Fulton Ross holds a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Arts and an M.F.A. in painting from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Initially trained as a museum curator, Fulton Ross received early acclaim as a portrait artist of such African American luminaries as Jackie Robinson, Justice Thurgood Marshall, and A. Phillip Randolph among others.

Fulton Ross has traveled extensively to paint, study, and lecture throughout Europe and Africa. In 1996, she went to China as an award recipient from the U.S. Visiting Artist Program. Her many other awards include: LaNapoule Fellowship (France)1990, West Coast Center for Human Development 1996, and National Coalition of 100 Black Women, 1997.

Gale Fulton Ross' art works are in many private, corporate, and museum collections. Forbes Gallery, N.Y.C., Ford Collection, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Arthur Ashe Foundation, Whitney Houston, Thurgood Marshall Estate, Women's Museum of Art (Washington D.C.), Boston Museum of Fine Art, American Museum of African American Artists (Boston), California Museum of African American Art (Los Angeles), Michael Dukakis.

Although Fulton Ross originally hails from Medford, she now divides her time between her galleries and studios in New York and Sarasota, Florida.

Gail Fulton Ross
b. 1947

Medford High School, Medford Massachusetts, 1965
Studied with artist, Melvin Johnson, Instructor Vesper George School of Art, Boston, MA, 1965-1976
Studied with artist Cleveland Bellow, Oakland, California of the DeYoung Museum, 1976-1981
Studied with artist Pierre Parsus, France, Summer 1990
Work Study Project, Peoples Republic of China, Summer 1993

Fellowship, La Napoule Art Foundation (France), Winter 1990
Pollock -Krasner Foundation Grant 1990
Atlanta Life Painters Award, 1990
Winner-Best of show 1994, Bay Area African American Florida Competition
West Coast Center for Human Development, 1996 Humanitarian Award
Nation Coalition of 100 Black Women, Arts & Humanity Award, Pennsylvania, 1992

American Museum of African American Artists, Permanent Collection
California Museum of African American Art, Permanent Collection
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Acceptance of Donation Pending
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, Acceptance of Donation Pending

Earth N' Arts Gallery, Oakland, California 1971-1976
Rainbow Sign, Berkeley, California "Black Contributions", 1972
Black Expo, San Francisco, 1972
Oakland Museum "Child with Basket", 1971
California State Fair Competition, 1971
Print Show, M.I.X. Program San Francisco, California Museum of Art, 1973
Governor's Office, State of California, 1975 Group
Second World Festival of Black and African Arts and Culture, Lagos, Nigeria1977
The Gallery, Los Angeles, California, November 1978
Museum of the National Center for Afro American Artists, Prints and Drawings, 1980
Brockman Gallery, Los Angeles, California, 1984 "Dignity"
Private Exhibitions for the Center of Visual Arts, Los Angeles, California, and New York City 1985
Foxworth Productions, Los Angeles California, 1985
California African Museum, Los Angeles, California, 1986 Artist in Residence
Cousen Rose Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, 1987-1989
University of Massachusetts, One Woman Retrospective, Boston Campus 1989
"Moods, Blues, Beatitudes" 1989
"Moods and Nudes" One Woman Exhibition
"Soul of New York", D. Christian James Gallery
Governor's Office, One Woman Show, Boston, Massachusetts, 1988-1989
Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta/France 1990
National Council of Churches Headquarters, New York City, January-February1991 One Woman Show
Museum of African American Art, Los Angeles California, May-June 1991, Emerging Artist Group Show.
"Nudes" Castillion Fine Art, New York City, May-June 1991, One Woman Show
Zora Neal Hurston Museum, September 1994, Solo Exhibition
Parrish Gallery, Washington, DC, December 1994
Forbes Gallery, New York City, 1994
Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York City, 1994, Solo Exhibition
Philadelphia AA Historical and Cultural Museum, 1995
Don Roll Gallery, Sarasota, Florida, February 1995, One Woman Show
African American Museum, Tampa, Florida, October 1995, One Woman Show
United States Department of Health and Human Services Art Gallery, Washington, DC, 1996
Pennsylvania State University, 1996
Chuck Leviton Gallery, New York, City, 1996
Tampa City Center, Tampa Florida
Francesca Anderson Gallery, Lexington, Massachusetts
Sarasota Center for the Visual Arts, Sarasota, FL 1997
SoBo Fine Art, Tulsa, OK, February 1999
Art Jaz Gallery, Philadelphia, October 1999
Shamwari Gallery, Oakland, CA 2000
Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida Installation, "My Museum" multi media interactive October 1999-2000
2000 Mural "A tribute to Artist Romare Bearden"

Commissions of Importance
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Congressman Ronald Dellums
Ambassador Bradley Holmes
Governor Michael Duckakis
Mayor Andrew Young
J. Bruce Llewellyn
James Baldwin, University of Massachusetts
Ambassador, Franklin Williams
Jackie Robinson for Ms. Rachel Robinson
Dr. Arthur Logan for Maria Logan
Byard Rustin
Governor L. Douglas Wilder
President R. William David, Council of Churches
Bronze, Charles Hamilton Huston, North Carolina University, Sarasota Memorial Hospital Pediatrics Dept.
Arthur Ashe for the Arthur Ashe Foundation
Selected as Feature Artist, Sarasota Magazine, December 1995
Law Office of Rosen & Shapiro, Sarasota, Florida
Law Office of Shaffer Zapson, New York City
Premier African American Painter, Jacob Lawrence and his wife, Artist Gwen Knight
San Francisco General Hospital -Permanent Collection, 1978
Forbes Gallery, Absolut Vodka Ad Campaign
100 Black Women, Boston Massachusetts.
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Washington DC

Lana Poule Art Foundation Catalogue, France 1990
Absolut Book, 1997
Random Expressions, October 1998
Reflections Magazine, January 1999
Allyn and Bacon 7th Edition "Criminology" Cover Art

Produced documentary about lack of racial diversity in the John and Mary Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL.  "My Museum" airs along with Black Entertainment Television and Arts Entertainment


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