Emily Kray is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in watercolor and collage to investigate the complexities of human identity through manipulating our attachment to ubiquitous portraiture by fragmenting the facial form. She began her inquiry into identity in the visual arts through her observance of human interaction in the bustling metropolis of Las Vegas, Nevada. Within the cacophony, she observed subtle nuances within a person’s appearance coupled with a desperate attempt at homogeneity. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2020. Since then, Kray has received the Jesse Dewar Scholarship Endowment for the Arts, and has received an Undergraduate Research Community-Based Award in the fall of 2019, allowing her exposure to the rich grassroots arts scene in Reno. Emily is now attending the University of Arizona with the goal of receiving her MFA degree in visual arts in 2023.
Kray’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis exhibition, Nurture, was showcased at the Student Gallery South at UNR in March of 2020. In addition, she has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in multiple cities. Recent solo exhibitions include Fortune Teller at Reno Art Works in 2020 and Iterations of a Moment at Western Nevada College, Carson City in 2020.