Ray Parish

A Mississippi native, Ray Parish attended the University of Mississippi on a football scholarship, graduating in 1970 with a BFA in sculpture. He earned an MFA at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1978, returning to Mississippi to direct the Education Department and the New South Film Center at the Mississippi Museum of Art.


In 1991 he joined the art faculty at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He moved to the University of Texas at El Paso in 1984, where he ran the sculpture program and twice served as the Department of Art Chair. In May, 2013, he retired from teaching after a 32-year university career, and was named Professor Emeritus by UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts.


Parish’s works are featured in numerous public and private collections including the El Paso Museum of Art, the Mississippi Museum of Art, Washington DC’s Newseum, the Albuquerque Museum of Art, and the Earthship Biotecture Visitors Center in Taos, New Mexico. Large-scale public sculpture, often wind-driven, are on campuses of the University of Mississippi in Oxford and at the University of Texas at El Paso, among other outdoor sites.


He is founder and former Director of the Border Art Residency and, with his wife, artist and writer Becky Hendrick, hosted the program on their property in La Union, New Mexico, for fifteen years. Parish now divides his time between Tucson, Arizona, and Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico.


C.V. - Ray Parish

Employment History
                Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at El Paso
1984 - 2013     University of Texas At El Paso, Professor of Art,

2000 - 2001     Acting Chairman, Department of Art
1990 - 1993     Chairman, Department of Art
1981 - 1984     Ball State University, Assistant Professor of Sculpture
1978 - 1981     Mississippi Museum of Art, Director of Education


1978            Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County, M.F.A.
1970            University of Mississippi, B.F.A.

1999        Founder, Border Art Residency, La Union, New Mexico
2000-2015   Director, Border Art Residency (affiliated with the El Paso
            Community Foundation)

Grants and Awards

2011        Finalist, Site Santa Fe Spread Grant
2010        Nominee, Texas Medal of Arts Award
2009        Best in Show, Waco National Sculpture Exhibition, Waco, Texas
2007        Nominee, Texas Prize, ArtHouse, Austin, Texas
2005        Nominee Nancy Graves Foundation Award
2000        Adolph and Ester Gottlieb Foundation Grant, $5,000
2000        University Research Institute Grant, $5,000
1994        University Research Institute Grant, $1,500
1990        Penny McCall Foundation, Artists Grant, $10,000
1989        Best Sculpture, Seven Western States,  Long Beach, California
1987        University Research Institute Grant, $2,000
1988        Foothills Art Center Award, North American Sculpture                      Exhibition, Golden, Colorado
1981        Institute of Arts and Letters, Visual Artist of the Year,      Mississippi


2011        Preston Contemporary Gallery. Mesilla, New Mexico
2010        Montexico, Casper, Wyoming, Curated by Pat Kikut
2010        Kemp Art Center, Sculpture Garden Exhibition, Wichita Falls, Texas
2010        Earthbound, The State of Sculpture in Texas, The Museum of South 
2009        Art in the Park, City of Midland, Texas
2009        Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, Waco, Texas     
2007        Parish/Hendrick Exhibition, Under The Sun Gallery, El Paso, Texas
2007        10th Annual Texas Sculpture Symposium Exhibition, Texas State Univ., 
                  San Marcos, Texas
2007        Oso Bay Biennial: Islander Sculpture Invitational, Corpus Christi, Texas
2007        Sculpture Dominion Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas   
2006        Art and Sol Exhibition, El Paso, Texas 
2006        Texas 100, El Paso Museum of Art, curated by Becky Duval Reese   
2003        Summer Regional Invitational 2003, New Mexico State University
2002        Dumbo and Beyond, Davis Gallery, Austin, Texas
2001        War Stories, NEWSEUM, Arlington, Virginia
2000        Houston Sculpture 2000, International Sculpture Conference, Houston,
1999        Refocus, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
1998        El Paso Museum of Art Opening Exhibition, El Paso, Texas
1996        Transpositionen, Gallery M, Berlin, Germany
1996        Albert Peterson Gallery, Orlando, Florida
1995        A Texas Summer, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1995        Adair Margo Gallery Summer Exhibition, El Paso, Texas
1993        Reminiscing: A Show of Sculpture, Charlotte Jackson Gallery, Santa Fe NM 1991        Mississippi Homecoming, Brown Fine Art, Jackson, Mississippi
1990        Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
1992        Second Nature, Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, Texas
1991        Capirotada, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
1991        Singular Visions, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1991        Drawings by Sculptors, Sena Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1990        Recent Sculpture, Space Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1990        Art LA,. Los Angeles, California
1990        Southwest ’90, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1989        A Century of Sculpture in Texas, Archer Huntington Gallery, University of 
                  Texas, Austin
1989        Seven Western States, Long Beach, California
1989        North American Sculpture Exhibition, Golden, Colorado
1987        New American Talent, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas
1987        Excellence ‘87, Dallas, Texas
1986        The Dairy Barn, Athens, Ohio
1986        Excellence '86, Dallas, Texas
1984        El Instituto Internacional de Artes, Juarez, Mexico
1982        Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana
1978        M.F.A. Exhibition, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California
1977        Art in Public Places, Cheney Cowles Museum of Art, Spokane, Washington

One Person Exhibitions

2016        El Paso Museum of Art, "Humpbacks and Warheads"
1998        Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1999        Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1996        Bridge Center for Contemporary Art, El Paso, Texas
1995        Marilyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama
1994        Gaier Contemporary Gallery, Orlando, Florida
1994        No Justice, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
1992        Shidoni Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1990        Shidoni Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1989        Shidoni Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1988        New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
1989        Art Institute of the Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas
1988        Bridge Center for Contemporary Art, El Paso, Texas
1986        University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas
1983        Ball State University, Muncie Indiana
1982        Muncie Museum of Contemporary Art, Muncie, Indiana
1981        Mississippi Museum of Art, Focus Gallery, Jackson, Mississippi
1981        Berry College, Mt. Berry, Georgia
1981        The Creative Exchange, Jackson, Mississippi
1986        Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, Mississippi

Outdoor Sculpture Shows

2010        Art on the Green, Kemp Art Center, Wichita Falls, Texas
2009        Waco National Sculpture Exhibition, Waco, Texas
2003        Art on the Rim, Bridge Center for Contemporary Art, El Paso, Texas
2003        Outdoor Sculpture on Campus, University of Southern Mississippi, 
                  Hattiesburg, Mississippi
2002        15th Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Lawrence, Kansas
2001        Art in Public Places, Brazos Valley Arts Council, College Station, Texas
2000        Sculpture Garden Biennial, Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi
1999        Sculpture Park Exhibition, L.S.U., Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1999        Irving Museum of Art, Irving, Texas
1999        Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
1998        City of Midland, Midland, Texas
1998        Sculpturescape, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
1995        Fifteenth Annual Abilene Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Abilene, Texas
1996        Connemara Conservancy Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Dallas, Texas
1995        Fifteenth Annual Abilene Sculpture Exhibition, Abilene, Texas
1994        Sculpture Tour, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
1993        College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1993        City of San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas
1992        City of Redlands, California


2016        Rosen Sculpture Exhibition, Appalachian State University, Boone,  NC 2014        Art on the Rim, El Paso, Texas
2012        Marfa X, (10 UTEP art students), Presidio Hotel, Marfa, Texas
2007        Juror, Van Horn Border Patrol Station Sculpture Commission
2007        Co-Curator, The Kemp Art Center, Art on the Green, Wichita Falls, Texas
2007        Curator, Inaugural Exhibition at Olo Gallery, El Paso, Texas
2003        Art on the Rim, Bridge Center for Contemporary Art, El Paso, Texas
2002        Hard Art, Border Art Residency, La Union, New Mexico
2003        Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Intelligent Office Complex, El Paso, Texas
1993        16th Annual Abilene Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Abilene, Texas

Commissions and Collections

2015        “Millennium Marker,” University of Texas at El Paso        
2015        “Crossroads,” Collection of Kurt and Judith Ross, El Paso, Texas
2014        Four sculptures, University of Texas at El Paso Department of Theater
2014        Five sculptures, Collection of Carol and Steve Johnson, El Paso, Texas
2010        “Rainhead,” City of Forest, Mississippi
2010        “Carcass,” permanent collection, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson MS
2010        “Warhead,” Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University permanent collection
2009        “Alchemy,”  University of Mississippi, permanent collection 
2009        Santa Fe College permanent collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2008        City of El Paso, TX (5 sculptures) Sculpture Park, Alabama St.
​2003        Memorial to Milan Macias, Wiggs Middle School, El Paso, Texas
2001        “War Stories,” The NEWSEUM, Arlington, Virginia
2001        Dr. Karen Houston, Jackson, Mississippi
2000        Katherine Kohlmeyer, Houston Texas
1996        El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
1994        Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
1991        Michael Palm, New York City, New York, and Telluride, Colorado
1991        Carol M. Carnes, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1991        Diana Wong, Malibu, California
1990        Robert Linton, New York, and Santa Fe, New Mexico
1989        Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque, New Mexico
1988        John Fortenberry, New York, New York
1983        Family Practices Associates, Muncie, Indiana
1979        Deposit Guaranty Bank, Jackson, Mississippi
1975        Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, Mississippi

Reviews and Articles

2007        “Art With A Twist,” El Paso Industry Magazine, February/March issue 
2007        “The Private Diary of Noyes Capehart”
1998        Sculpture Magazine, May issue, by Matthew Kansas
1998        Art Access, March issue, Seattle, Washington, by Alec Clayton
1993        THE Magazine, April issue, Santa Fe, by Simone Ellis
1992        Pasatiempo, August issue, Santa Fe, by Candelora Versace
1992        Art Talk, January issue, Scottsdale, by Donna Michael
1991        Artspace, March/April issue, by Neery Melkonian
1991        Visions Art Quarterly, Spring issue, by Josine Ianco-Starrels
1989        Art Talk, Scottsdale, Arizona
1986        Artweek, September, by Ferrell Beck
1979        Art Voices South, Summer, by Marta Burton

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