Thomas Murray

Thomas Murray

    Studio & Gallery

    Glassboro, NJ

    Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

    Painting

    Artist's Biography

    Thomas Murray lives and works in New Jersey with his wife and partner Donna Mason Sweigart. They relocated from the US/ Mexico border of South Texas. Thomas earned his MFA at the University of New Mexico in 2003. He works primarily in oil paint, with forays into sound, music composition, performance, and digital video. Thomas and his wife travel yearly to Florence, Italy, where he studies Renaissance painting in its birthplace. They frequently collaborate on art installations and performance. In June 2014, Thomas attended an artist residency in Assisi, Italy. Thomas was recently invited to return to Arquetopia in Puebla, Mexico, for an honorary artists residency.

    His work is deeply personal. Gleaned from current political events, he works on the edge of recognition. Thomas appropriates archetypal imagery, such as the Garden of Eden to explore the relations of globalization and a subtle critique of the viewer/consumer and our place in relocating histories.

    Selected Exhibitions

    For full resume please visit Thomas Murray's website

    Solo
    2017
    Porziuncola Centre Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

    2016
    Porziuncola, Upper Valley Art League, Mission, TX

    2015
    St. Francis, Beyond Arts Gallery, Harlingen, TX

    2014
    This is Our Garden, Morean Arts Center, Saint Petersburg, FL

    This is Our Garden, North American Art Gallery, McAllen, TX

    2012
    Heliotropes, South Texas College, Center for Learning Excellence, McAllen, TX

    The Garden, Serena Pandos Gallery, McAllen, TX

    2010
    Archetyptonics, Studio @ 620, Saint Petersburg, FL

    Drawing, Divining, Manichaus Modern Art Space, McAllen, TX

    2008
    Garden, Manichaus Art Space, McAllen, TX

    2007
    First Name Only, Tampa Public Library, Tampa, FL

    First Name Only, Saint Petersburg College, Saint Petersburg, FL

    2006
    Gait, TECO plaza, Tampa FL

    2005
    Name, Mine, Saint Petersburg Arts Center, Saint Petersburg, FL

    Meaningfullessfullness, Tampa, FL

    2004
    Solo Exhibition, the Beck Gallery, Lutz, FL

    Full Circle With Tangent, Saint Petersburg, FL

    2003
    First Name Only, The Walls, Albuquerque, NM

    Flying Man, O’Neill’s, Albuquerque, NM

    First Name Only, John Sommers’ Gallery, UNM, Albuquerque, NM

    Hypercube, O’Neill’s Uptown, Albuquerque, NM

    2001
    Momente, Hyde Park Fine Arts, Tampa, FL

    2000
    Last Chance Texaco, Hyde Park Fine Arts, Tampa, FL

    Large Scale Drawings, Saint Petersburg Arts Center, Saint Petersburg, FL

    Group
    2020
    Online exhibition, ArtFrontGalleries

    2018
    Upper Valley Art League Members Exhibition, Mission, TX

    2017
    UTRGV Faculty Exhibition, Brownsville, TX

    OVUNQUE PROTEGGI (Prayers and miracles), organized and curated  by ArtSOB y Yanira Delgado in collaboration Ágora y la Gallery Atelier Casa Mexicana,and monica Ramirez Art, Santa Caterina D'Alessandria, Bitonto, Bari,Italy

    2016
    44th International Art Show, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, TX, Cande Aguilar Juror

    Quinta Mazatlan, "Arte Nativo", McAllen, Texas

    Art Undressed, ES Art Group, Miami, FL

    Loteria, High Wire Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

    2015
    UVAL Tower Artists, McAllen, TX

    Religious Icons, The Centennial, McAllen, TX

    Nueve (9), Galeria 409, Brownsville, TX

    Back and Forth, Silver Meteor Gallery, Tampa, FL

    2014
    La Frontera, with Yoli Cantu, Serena Pandos Studio Gallery

    Mozart Madness, Video Installation, With William Buhidar, South Texas College

    International Exibition in Assisi, Art Gallery Le Logge

    Faculty Exchange Exhibit, Texas A&M Kingsville, TX

    International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Le Logge, Assisi UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Naked in New Hope, Sidetracks Art Gallery, New Hope, PA

    2013
    Mozart Madness, Art/Stage Installation, With William Buhidar, South Texas College, McAllen, TX

    Open Season for Art 2, Serena Pandos Studio Gallery, McAllen, TX

    Naked in New Hope, Sidetracks Art Gallery, New Hope, PA

    Seven Point One, Gallery 409, Brownsville, TX

    2012
    Members Exhibition, Upper Valley Art League, Mission, TX

    Au Natural, South Texas College, McAllen, TX

    Smart Animals, North American Art Gallery, McAllen, TX

    What is Sacred, Serena Pandos Gallery, McAllen, TX

    Open Season for Artists, Serena Pandos Gallery, McAllen, TX

    2011
    Keitz, Leonard, Murray, New Faculty Exhibition, South Texas College, McAllen, TX

    Eclectic Chaos IIA, West Orange, NJ

    Third Coast National Juried Exhibition, K
    Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX

    Texas Biennial, Sans Serif, IMAS, McAllen, TX
    Collaboration with Donna Mason Sweigart

    Jim Toia, Islands, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

    Dialogus, Invitational, Lima, Peru

    2nd Annual McAllen Arts Council Fine Art Exhibition

    25th Annual Juried exhibition, University of Texas, Tyler, TX

    2009
    Portraiture: In Three Movements, St. Petersburg, FL

    New Life, Legacy Fundraiser for Mission Regional Medical Center

    Upper Valley Art League Members Exhibition, Mission, TX

    Buzz Willi-B, Brooklyn, NY

    2008
    Casa De Cultura, Reynosa, Mexico

    Harvest, ArtHouse, McAllen, TX

    Texas Tea, Netherlands

    2007
    War Paint, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL

    Art of Healing, Salt Creek Art Works, St. Petersburg, FL

    1967, International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, TX
    Curator: Anthony Crisafulli

    Douglas Clark Gallery, McAllen, TX

    Best Artful Protest, for “Project Home”, Weekly Planet, Tampa Bay, FL

    2006
    6[5], Ybor City, FL

    Interstices, Tampa FL

    Caladan Gallery, Boston, MA

    2005
    Art After Dark, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL

    I Love St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL

    2002
    Beth-el Invitational Group Exhibition, St. Petersburg, FL

    2000
    New Graduate Group Exhibition, Raymond Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico, NM

    Second Annual Juried Exhibition, Hyde Park Fine Arts, Tampa, FL

    Collaborations & Curated Exhibitions
    2012
    Jacques Bautiste, performance collaboration, Studio @ 620, St Peteresburg, FL

    Juror, University of Texas Pan American Student Show, Mission, TX

    2011
    Leslie Elsasser, The Blind One Smiled as he Watched the Falling Snow, South Texas College, Mcallen, TX

    Juror, University of Texas Pan American Student Show, Mission, TX

    Crop, collaborative exhibition with Donna Mason Sweigart, Centre Gallery, Tampa, FL

    2010
    Sans Serif, collaborative exhibition with Donna Mason Sweigart, Studio 620, St Petersburg, FL

    2009
    Scored, music production and post-production; Independent Film “11 Years of Nightmares and a Wasted Lifetime” Director Roberto Collado

    2008
    Initiated and coordinated Juried Student Exhibition, Mission, Texas

    Portraiture in 3 Movements, performance exhibit

    2007
    Project Home St. Pete, Homebound

    2006
    Co-curator: He Said, She Said, Hyde Park Fine Arts, Tampa, FL

    2005
    Co-director, "Y2k Survival Sale and Auction", Covivant Gallery, Tampa, FL

    2003 - 2005
    Co-curator; Cerebral Arts Festivals, multi-media collaborative events, St. Petersburg, FL

    Artist's Bibliography

    2016
    "UTRGV Instructors Combine Works to Form Annual Exhibit", Brownsville Herald, Brownsville, TX

    "GARDEN VIEW: Celebrating native plants and more", The Monitor, McAllen, TX, Oct. 8

    "SURFACE TREATMENT: Artist’s talent comes alive in latest exhibit", The Monitor, McAllen, TX,

    2014
    Valley Life, “Murray’s Eden”, The Monitor, McAllen, TX

    2013
    “Open Season for Art”, Serena Pandos Gallery, The Monitor, McAllen, TX, Sept 9th,

    SURFACE TREATMENT, “A Mad Mix”, The Monitor, McAllen, TX Feb 4th,

    2012
    SURFACE TREATMENT, “It’s Sacred”, The Monitor, McAllen, TX

    2008
    Texas Monthly

    2007
    The Monitor, McAllen, TX

    Saint Petersburg Times

    Weekly Planet

    2006
    Creative Loafing

    2005
    Saint Petersburg Times

    2000
    Art Papers

    Publications

    2014
    "This is Our Garden", Catalogue, by Thomas Murray, ISBN-13: 978-1496008343

    2009
    “Painter” The Works of Thomas Murray” by Anthony Crisafulli, Twadell Press, ISBN 1449547001

    Professional Experience

    2019 - Present
    Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
    Lecturer, 3/4

    2016 - 2019
    University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, TX
    Lecturer, Full Time

    2010 - 2015
    South Texas College, McAllen, TX
    Instructor, Full Time

    2009 - 2010
    South Texas College, McAllen, TX
    Adjunct Art Instructor

    2009
    South Texas College, McAllen, TX
    Lecturer

    2008 - 2009
    University of Texas–Pan American, Edinburg, TX
    Lecturer

    Awards & Honors

    2016
    44th International Art Show, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, TX
    1st Place Painting Award

    2000
    Awarded Florida Artists Fellowship

    Residencies

    2018
    Arquetopia, Puebla, Mexico

    Select Permanent Collections

    Public
    Rio Grande Valley College, large scale mural

    Leepa-Ratner Museum of Art, Saint Petersburg, FL

    Rise Foundation, Savannah, GA

    Canson Inc, 21 Industrial Drive, South Hadley, MA

    Gulfcoast Art Museum, Largo, FL
    Recently Purchased by Saint Petersburg College

    Private
    Leiden, Holland
    Tampa, FL

    2014
    Arte Studio Ginestrelle, Assisi, Italia

    Commissions

    Untitled, 13'x 66', acrylic directly on wall
    Commissioned by Lumina Designs for RGV Careers

    Education

    2003
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
    MFA, Painting and Drawing

    1996
    University of South Florida, Hillsborough County, FL
    BS, Fine Art and Art Education
    Magna Cum Laude