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Ella Ray is an art historian, writer, and curator who produces texts, objects, and exhibitions that center Black artists and histories, archival material, and world-building practices. After graduating from Portland State University in 2018, Ella Ray mounted curatorial, research, and writing based projects through and alongside the Black Abbey Residency, the Portland Art Museum (by way of the Kress Interpretive Fellowship), and Portland State University.

Ray made their curatorial debut in 2021 with the group show “Nobody’s Fool” at Carnation Contemporary. Ray’s work can be found in Cult Classic Magazine, the Studio Museum in Harlem’s website, the Portland Art Museum’s members’ magazine, the King School Museum of Contemporary Art, ArtAboutPDX, OregonArtsWatch, and in a forthcoming Ford Family Foundation catalog.