(1905 - 2006)
Ray Stanford Strong was active/lived in California, Oregon. Ray Strong is known for landscape, animal, and mural painting.
Landscape painter and muralist, Ray Strong was born in Corvallis,
January 2, 1905. He began painting at age eight, and during his
highschool years, spent Sundays with painter Clyde Keller working from
Columbia slough to Mt Hood.
Upon moving to San Francisco in 1924, he enrolled at the California
School of Fine Art, and from there went to New York City where he
continued his studies at the Art Students League under Frank DuMond.
Returning to San Francisco in 1931, Strong taught at the local Art Students
League with Maynard Dixon, Frank Van Sloun, and George Post.
Taking over the old Beaux Arts Galleries on Maiden Lane, they formed an
Artists Cooperative Gallery from 1934-39.
He did dioramas for both the San Diego Expo of 1935 and the Golden Gate
International Exposition of 1939. Strong was a diorama painter
for the U.S. Forest Service from 1935-38 and did similar work for the
National Park Service during 1940-41.
Still active as an artist in his later years, from 1960, he has been a
resident of Santa Barbara. He was artist-in-residence at the
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (1960-63) and co-founder of the
Santa Barbara Art Institute. Ray Strong died on July 3, 2006
Oregon Society of Artists
Society of Western Artists
Palo Alto Art Club
California Society of Mural Painters
Santa Barbara Art Association
Mann Society of Artists
National Museum of American Art
Lassen, Rainier, and White Sands National Parks
Daly City High School
College of Mann
Society of California Pioneers
Murals: Santa Barbara Museum
Morro Bay State Park Museum
Keene Valley (NY) Congregational Church
Post Offices in San Gabriel, CA and Decatur, TX
Bacon Hall, UC Berkeley
Academy of Sciences (SF); Roosevelt Jr. High School (San Jose)
Santa Fe Railway Station in LA (done with Edith Hamlin and Buck Weaver)
American Art Annual
, 1933; Who Was Who in American Art
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