The Ray Strong Project is a collaborative effort between the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery. The project was conceived in July of 2013 by Frank Goss and Jeremy Tessmer of Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery following conversations with Dr. Michael Whitt (a long time friend of the artist), Ellen Easton (of the Easton Gallery of Montecito, California), and the artist’s family. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History got involved soon after.
The Ray Strong Project is an effort to properly record and contextualize the artistic accomplishments of California artist, Ray Strong (1905-2006). The project’s collaborators proposed two paths towards accomplishing that goal:
1. A monographic book about Ray’s life and art. The Ray Strong Project has successfully funded the first ever monograph on Ray Strong via Kickstarter. Thank you to all of our backers and supporters. The book is now on sale.
2. An online catalogue raisonné (a web enabled database with images, titles, dates, measurements, exhibition history, and provenance of every single Ray Strong painting and mural) This is still under development, but the many images submitted so far were invaluable in providing for a good representation of Ray Strong’s work in the monograph.