Gale Fulton Ross was born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1947, the oldest of nine children.
She graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, where she explored a wide variety of styles and media including sculpture. She continued her art education at the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco, where she earned a Master’s of Fine Arts in painting. In addition to formal academic training she has studied under the guidance of established artists, including Melvin Johnson, at the Vesper George School of Art, Boston; Cleveland Bellow, of the DeYoung Museum, Oakland California; and Pierre Parsus, of France.
Initially trained as an art curator, Fulton Ross traveled extensively throughout Africa, Europe and as far east as China in order to study, teach, and paint. However painting quickly became her main focus. She developed a reputation early in her career as a portrait artist, and has created likenesses of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Justice Thurgood Marshall, A. Philip Randolph, Arthur Ashe, and Governor Michael Dukakis, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, and others.
Fulton Ross has produced thousands of works reflecting several genres of fine art, while developing a sophisticated style that expresses a mélange of the African American experience, the female American experience, historical events, and the influences of modern abstractionists.
Her works have earned many awards and they appear in numerous private collections and museums.
Gale Fulton Ross has cited several classical artists as influences on her work, including Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Rembrandt, as well as modern day African American masters like Elizabeth Catlett, Charles Wilbert White, Beauford Delaney, and Romare Bearden. Her style incorporates both the abstract and the figurative, as reflected in her eclectic creations. She believes that artists are the humanistic conscience of a materialistic society. Her visual expressions most often depict poignant images of people, especially African American women, reflecting her philosophy that it is the depth and variety of human feelings that motivates art, and indeed that she must become a more sensitive human in order to be a better artist .
In that regard she has dedicated considerable time to mentoring and creating opportunities for younger artists as the founder of the Fulton-Ross Fund for Visual Artists of Sarasota County, which provides a supportive environment and awards competitive grants to those just beginning their careers.
Work Study Project, People's Republic of China, Summer 1993; Fellowship, La Napoule Art Foundation (France), Winter 1990; Atlanta Life Painters Award, 1990; Winner-Best of show 1994, Bay Area African American Florida Competition; West Coast Center for Human Development, 1996 Humanitarian Award; Nation Coalition of 100 Black Women, Arts & Humanity Award, Pennsylvania, 1992; Highest Achiever, Women’s History Month Competition, Tempo Magazine, Sarasota, March 2008
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
Beyond the Border, San Diego CA, September 2009
Ain’t I a Woman Too?! Greenboro Cultural Center, Greenboro, NC, March 2005
Rainbow Sign, Berkeley, California "Black Contributions", 1972
Black Expo, San Francisco, 1972
Oakland Museum "Child with Basket", 1971
California State Fair Competition, 1971
Print Show, M.I.X. Program San Francisco, California Museum of Art, 1973
Governor's Office, State of California, 1975 Group
Second World Festival of Black and African Arts and Culture, Lagos, Nigeria1977
Museum of the National Center for Afro American Artists, Prints and Drawings, 1980
Private Exhibitions for the Center of Visual Arts, Los Angeles, California, and New York City 1985
Foxworth Productions, Los Angeles California, 1985
California African Museum, Los Angeles, California, 1986 Artist in Residence
Cousen Rose Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, 1987-1989
University of Massachusetts, One Woman Retrospective, Boston Campus 1989
"Moods, Blues, Beatitudes" 1989
"Moods and Nudes" One Woman Exhibition
Governor's Office, One Woman Show, Boston, Massachusetts, 1988-1989
Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta/France 1990
National Council of Churches Headquarters, New York City, January-February1991 One Woman Show
Museum of African American Art, Los Angeles California, May-June 1991, Emerging Artist Group Show.
Zora Neal Hurston Museum, September 1994, Solo Exhibition
Philadelphia AA Historical and Cultural Museum, 1995
African American Museum, Tampa, Florida, October 1995, One Woman Show
United States Department of Health and Human Services Art Gallery, Washington, DC, 1996
Pennsylvania State University, 1996
Tampa City Center, Tampa Florida
Sarasota Center for the Visual Arts, Sarasota, FL 1997
SoBo Fine Art, Tulsa, OK, February 1999
Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida Installation, "My Museum" multi media interactive October 1999-2000
2000 Mural "A tribute to Artist Romare Bearden"
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Congressman Ronald Dellums
Ambassador Bradley Holmes
Governor Michael Duckakis
Mayor Andrew Young
J. Bruce Llewellyn
James Baldwin, University of Massachusetts
Ambassador, Franklin Williams
Jackie Robinson for Ms. Rachel Robinson
Dr. Arthur Logan for Mrs. Marian Logan
Governor L. Douglas Wilder
President R. William David, Council of Churches
Bronze, Charles Hamilton Huston, North Carolina University, Sarasota Memorial Hospital Pediatrics Dept.
Arthur Ashe for the Arthur Ashe Foundation
Selected as Feature Artist, Sarasota Magazine, December 1995
Law Office of Rosen & Shapiro, Sarasota, Florida
Law Office of Shaffer Zapson, New York City
Premier African American Painter, Jacob Lawrence and his wife, Artist Gwen Knight
San Francisco General Hospital -Permanent Collection, 1978
Forbes Gallery, Absolut Vodka Ad Campaign
100 Black Women, Boston Massachusetts.
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Washington DC
Absolut Vodka Ad
Absolut Vodka Ad, 1993
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