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About

Ransome was born in North Carolina and moved to a New Jersey suburb as a teenager. He graduated from Pratt Institute and was a tenured professor in the School of Visual Performing Arts at Syracuse University before retiring to pursue his dreams of being a studio artist.  He received his MFA in Studio Arts from Lesley University.

Artist Statement

 

My artwork centers on my African-American lineage, which is traced back to sharecroppers of the American South who migrated to Northern cities along the East Coast. My pictorial narratives are personal, yet the symbols I use are universal and interplay with larger social, racial, ancestral, economic, and political histories that inform our nation to this day. The history of my family is the history of black Americans, which is the history of all of North America. 
 

In my works, I often combine acrylic paint with an array of found, made, and purchased papers. The materials I use are conceptual statements on this legacy of an often-overlooked portion of society that made something out of nothing.

 

Both my representational and abstract works incorporate a variety of symbols, patterns, and marks to create powerful images filled with the rhythmic properties of music that weave throughout my oeuvre. Born in a generation infused by soul and R&B music, I grew up hearing rap music that freely sampled the music of my childhood, mixing and recomposing these songs to create rhythms befitting to hip hop music. In my work, my natural instinct is to paint and collage on the same surface, applying the same spontaneity of hip hop deejays and the resourcefulness of rural quilters, who use what is at hand, assembling, collaging, and creating. 

 

While made of the energy of contemporary culture, my work is also influenced by Abstract Expressionism and draws from the soulfulness of the quilts from the women of Gee’s Bend. For me, there is a visual rhythm to layering these antipodes: found versus purchased objects, figures versus abstract, paint versus paper, busy versus quiet.   

My work aims to imbue each piece with a lyrical yet authentic resilience borne of limited resources and frugality that speaks to the struggle and hope, pain, joy, and soul of folks in the black community.

 

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Born in North Carolina

Lives and works in New York

EDUCATION

MFA Lesley University              Cambridge, MA

BFA  Pratt Institute                    Brooklyn , NY

                             

AWARDS and GRANTS

2022                               Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Grantee 

2021                             The Hudson Valley Artists Annual Purchase Award from the Dorsky Museum

2004                               Dutchess County Arts Council, Art Award for Individual  Artist

2000                               Winner of the Paterson, NJ Public Library national search depicting Paterson’s                                                              connection to the Underground Railroad

1997                               Pratt Institute, Alumni Achievement Award

 

 

RESIDENCIES

2024                          The Studios of Key West “Peyton Evan Artist Residency”, Key West FL. 4 weeks

                                  Jan.17th – Feb.14th

2023                          The Gibbes Museum of Art, 6 week Residency, Charleston, SC,

                                  May 1st – June11th

Solo Exhibitions

2024.                      "A Small Nation of Folks", Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC

                               "A  Delicate Balance", Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA

                               " The Bitter and the Sweet" Geary Gallery, Millerton, NY

2023                         "I Am Who You See I Am", Woodstock Artist Association & Museum

                                "Up SOUTH: Reflections on the Great Migration by ransome,

                                    Opalka Gallery @ Russell Sage College, Albany, NY 

                                 "Home Coming, 26 Love Letters to North Carolina, Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh,                                                    (CAM Raleigh) NC

                                 "A Bend in the Road", DAG Gallery @ Golden Belt, Durham, NC

                                 "Singular," Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH  

 

2022                         "Harmony of Difference" Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA

                                 "From Where I Stand" The Lockwood Gallery, Kingston, NY                   

                                 "Say It Loud," Elaine Bailey Augustine Gallery, University of North Alabama, AL

2020                         "The View from Here," Crenson Solo Show at Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, curated by                                      Ashley James, recently appointed Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, The Solomon R.                                                Guggenheim Museum     

                          

2016                         “Known and Unknown,” Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse, NY

                                 “Painting with Paper,” Rhinebeck Library, Rhinebeck, NY

2009                          “The Winter in Rhinebeck,” Rhinebeck Savings Bank/Dutchess County Arts Council,                                                      Rhinebeck, NY

2007                          “Landscapes and Quilts,” Cunneen Hackett Cultural Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

 

Group Exhibitions

2024                           All Figured Out, a group  exhibition of paintings that center on the human figure.

                                   Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY  April 26th - June 16th 2024 

2023                             47th Art on Paper exhibit, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

                                     CMCA Biennial exhibition, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) January                                                    28th - May 7th

                                      A Living Collection, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art @ New Paltz, September 9 - Ongoing
                                      Corridor Gallery and the Sara Bedrick Gallery

                                      Art on Paper 2023: The 47th Exhibition, The Weatherspoon Art Museum September 2nd -                                            April 6th

                                      2nd Floor: The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery

​2022                             What Unites Us: Americana Art From the Permanent Collection May 20 – September 11, 2022

                                      Is a collection of images celebrating America throughout the 20th century, from historical                                              moments like V-J Day to iconic events like the Woodstock Music and Art Fair of 1969.                                                  PHOEBE AND BELMONT TOWBIN WING

                                     "Abstracting Reality", Band of Vices, Los Angeles, California, through March 12th Group                                                exhibit with Ernest Shaw, Gordon Shadrach, Greg Bailey, Gregory Wiley Edwards Khalifa                                            Dieng, Landing Dieme, and Tony Ramos
                                      "Claiming the Narrative", Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, through May 22nd                                           Group exhibit artists include Todd Gray, Mickalene Thomas, Tyler Ballon, Santiago Galeas,                                          Shona McAndrew, Arcmanoro Niles, Ron Norsworthy, Philemona Williamson, and others
                                      Putting It Together, Lockwood Gallery, Kingston, NY, through March 26th Group exhibit with                                          Suzanne Rees, Pamela Blum, Andrea Burgay, Carole Kundstadt, Suzanne Ronner, Mark                                                 Rosenthal, Joanne Lobotsky, and others

​2021                             "Black @ Intersection," SECCA, Winston, Salem, North Carolina, Group exhibit with Jasmine                                          Best, Sloane Siobhan, June Smith, Cameron  Ugbodu, Cameron Ugbodu, Stephanie Brown,                                          and others

                                      "Another American’s Autobiography": Selections from the Petrucci Family Foundation’s                                                   Collection of African American Art at the Sigal Museum in Easton, PA. 

                                      “CLADOGRAM: 2ND at the Katonah Museum's  International Juried Biennial” With 1,100                                             artworks submitted by 542 artists from across 21 countries. Yasmeen Siddiqui chose 58                                                artists. I had Two works on exhibit.

                                      “Who Really Cares?: Hudson Valley Artists 2021” at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art,                                                curated by Helen Toomer. Three  of my works in this exhibit.  

                                      "Masterpiece II" group exhibit at Band of Vices Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Exhibiting artists                                              Kevin Demery, Alicia Piller, Maya Iman, B. Robert Moore, Bryan Keith Thomas, Calvin                                                  Clausell, Dread Scott, Najee Dorsey, Steve Prince and others.

                                      “New Talent” at Alpha Gallery,  Boston, MA 

                                        Exhibiting artist , Ransome, Davis Arney, Steven J. Cabral, and Shantel Miller 
                                       "Legacy & Rupture" group exhibit at City Gallery, New Haven, CT, curated by                                                              interdisciplinary artist and educator Howard el-Yasin. Exhibiting artists Nathaniel Donnett,                                              Sika Foyer, Merik Goma, James Montford, Ransome, Kamar Thomas, and Marisa                                                        Williamson from May 1 through May 30,                    

                                        "Kinship: The Inspiration of Artistic Connection"  A virtual exhibition with Art Mid-Hudson, I                                             have brought together a curation of works by a few of the artists who have, in some way,                                            contributed to my artistic growth. Exhibiting artists include: Deborah Roberts, Philemona                                               Williamson, Deborah Davidson, Robert Freeman,  Alex Jackson, Jenny Nelson, Ruby Palmer,                                         Peter Rostovsky, Ben Sloat, Laurel Sparks, Deb Todd Wheeler, and others

                                      "Soul on Art: Ghosts of Africa” Spencer Art Gallery in Tequesta, FL  4 paintings and six                                                 collages. Group exhibit including Leonardo Drew, Adam Pendleton, William Kwamena-Poh,                                            Kara Walker, and Purvis Young 

2020                               The SALLY Project, virtual exhibit, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA

                                       “I Am My Best Work,” The Painting Center, NYC, a show featuring work by fifteen BIPOC,

                                       “The Margins,” a national juried exhibition, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, judged by                                          Anthony Elms, the Daniel, and Brett Sundheim, chief curator, ICA Philadelphia, University of                                          Pennsylvania.

2019                                “Not a Metric Matters,” Syracuse Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY

2018                                “Black History Month in Kingston,” The Lace Mill, Kingston, NY

2017                                “The Luminous Landscape 2017: 20 Years - 20 Artists,” Albert Shahinian Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY

2012                                 Group exhibit at Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY

2009                               “International Fine Art Auction: A Pride of African Tale,” Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, NY

                                        XL Project, Faculty Show, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

                                        “Let them Eat Art,”  G.A.S. Visual Art & Performance Space, Poughkeepsie, NY

                                     

Books 

2023                                Quintessential Ransome: A collection of Recent works, published by Sharp Press                             

2021                                The View From Here, A collection of  figurative and collages works, published by Sharp                                                Press

2020                                Cornrows, A collection of collages, published by Sharp Press

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