Ann Tracy is a native New Englander who grew up in the Maine towns of Fryeburg and Cape Neddick before her family moved south to Massachusetts and then west to Colorado in 1969. After decades of living in Colorado, Wisconsin, and California, Tracy is now calling Portland, Maine, home with her husband, dog, and two cats. She is also a member of Constellation Gallery in Portland.
She has only been exhibiting work since 1998, but while she’s pursued other artistic endeavors – writing, acting, directing, and making video – she’s been making art. And it was the encouragement of artists like Esteban Villa (member of the RCAF-Royal Chicano Air Force and former CSUS art professor) and photographer Art Luna that pushed her even further into making more art and getting it out there.
“In calling myself a digital alchemist,” Tracy said, “I reference both Dada philosophy and the mutability of imagery. We take base metal in the form of images with one meaning, and then by adding or subtracting data we create something with new meanings, sometimes readily apparent, other times not. My work also explores identity issues (in self-referential imagery that further implicates my view of the world) and chance as an element in art and life. Strong colors fuel the emotions behind the worlds I create in art.”
Her fine art has been exhibited from Japan to Maui to New York City. In 2003 her work “Stop” was included in the catalog of the Violence Against Women exhibition, Group 78 Amnesty International, Tokyo, Japan. Her digital paintings “The Power of Romania Lies in its Artists” and “Message 3” were juried into the 2010 and 2008 editions of American Art Collector. She presented a creativity workshop to feature writers at the Sacramento Bee, a daily newspaper, in 2008. Tracy has also worked as an art expert for KVIE CH 6 (PBS Sacramento) for the 2010 Art Auction and was featured in Sacramento Magazine in November 2010.
Recent exhibition highlights include solo shows: The Art of Light: Ann Tracy: Lights, Camera, Art, Lumens Light + Living and the Center for Contemporary Art, Lumens Gallery, Sacramento CA (11/11); Inside Out, Cherie Hacker & Ann Tracy, photography and mixed media, E Street Gallery and Studios, Sacramento CA(10/11); Luna’s Café (2011) and Enotria Annex (2009). Recent group shows include: Women’s Wisdom Portrait Project with George Streng, Tangent Gallery, Sacramento CA (6/10); Nada Dada Motel, El Ray Motel, Reno NV(2010); Synthesis: Art & Science, Escondido Municipal Gallery, Escondido CA (Invitational-2009); NadaDada Motel, El Cortez Hotel, Reno NV (2009); The All Saints Show, Barton Gallery, Sacramento CA (2009); Greetings From Nada Motel, Barrick Museum, UNLV, Las Vegas NV (Invitational-2009); Urban Legends and Country Tales, International Juried show, Bonita Museum & Cultural Center, 4355 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA (2008).