Drop a line to Ray

Born: May 29,1930 in Chicago


B.S. in Visual Design, Institute of Design, Chicago 1954
Teaching: Professor printmaking, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
(Full time, 1960 to present. Department Chair 1966 to 72.)
Instructor, Institute of Design, IIT, Chicago IL 1956 and 57.
Other professional positions: Book designer-illustrator, Edit, Inc. Chicago, 1958-60.
Book designer, illustrator, Scott- Foresman, Chicago from 1954-56.
Distinctions and awards:
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for 1985-86 ($15,000).
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for 1981-82 ($12,500).
Illinois Arts Council purchase award for an edition of lithographs
(for permanent display in Illinois State buildings).
Fulbright Fellowship to Paris, France 1957.
Logan Prize and purchase, Art Institute of Chicago 1960.
Painting prize, Chicago and Vicinity Exhibition, Art Institute 1956.
Society for Typographic Arts awards for design and illustration.
(6 awards from 1956 to 1960.)
Book Clinic award for design excellence, 1956.


The Museum of Contemporary Art. Chicago (Purchase award).
Musée d'art moderne de Saint Etienne, France.
Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Prints and Drawings. Included
are individual works on paper; "Eclipse", a book of prints and poetry;
and the suite titled "Death Sweet".
The Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester NY.
The Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills MI.
Lord, Bissel and Brook and IMC (corporate collections).
The Illinois Bell Collection, Chicago IL.
Private collections, France, England and U.S.A.

Ray Martin group and one person exhibitions:

Pictionary a paperless portfolio, 19 artist on a CD March 2000
The Reading Room for contemporary artists' books and exhibition at Krannert
Art Museum, The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1998
Book/art/book Artists Bookworks, Houston Texas, invitational, Nov. 1998.
Ray Martin/recent prints Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural
Center. One person exhibition, January, 1997
Art in Chicago, 1945-1995. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,1996.
Second Sight: Printmaking in Chicago 1935-95. Mary/Leigh Block Gallery, Sept 96.
Troisième triennale mondiale d'estampes petit format, Chamalières, France 1994.
Contemporary Prints from Chicago; New Ideas, New Techniques,
Shinsegae Dongbang Gallery, Seoul, Korea. July-August, 1994.
Mexico/United States, Print shop Collaboration 1992, 1993, 1994.
Collaborations between artists from Jalisco and Illinois. Traveling exhibitions in Springfield, Chicago, Mexico.
The Master Painter's Partner, one man exhibition of recent work,
Printworks Gallery, 1992.
Book as Container / Sazama Gallery Invit, group show Chicago IL 1992
Ink and Silver Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago IL, 1991.
Urgent Messages An exhibition of word and visual imagery.
Cultural Center, Chicago IL, 1987.
Artists' Books-Illinois, A Traveling Exhibition. Cultural Center,
Chicago and other city centers. 1987-88
Visual Series Printworks Gallery. The work of 6 artists who
produce serial imagery, (curated by Ray Martin) Chicago IL 1985.
Group show of artists' books, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1985
Artists' Books Illinois Center, Chicago IL 1985.
Bars and Stripes One man exhibition, Printworks, Chicago IL 1985.
Fashion Plates Three way collaboration, boxed set of prints and
poetry presented as a gallery installation. Printworks, Chicago, 1982.
Artists of Chicago and Vicinity (A suite of prints and writings by R Martin
National Museum of American Art, Washington DC 1981.
Altered Exposures Iris Gallery, Asheville NC, 1981
Third Regional Print Show Ditmer Gallery, Evanston IL, 1980.
Mnemosyne School of the Art Institute Gallery, Chicago 1980.
Marginal Notes One man exhibition, Evanston Art Center 1979.
Ray Martin Retrospective exhibition,Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca, NY 1978.
Works on Paper 77th Annual Exhibition of Artists of Chicago and
Vicinity, Chicago IL, 1978.
Recent Books and Portfolios by Karen Savage and Ray Martin
Davidson Gallery, Seattle WA 1978.

Prints at NAME, NAME Gallery, Chicago IL. (appointed exhibition
curator and a participant in the exhibition). 1978.
National Colorblend invitational, Georgia Southern, Statesboro GA.
Illinois Regional Prints Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago IL 1977.
Ink and Silver Art Institute of Chicago, 1977

Other selected group shows (artists books exhibitions, printed matter):
Gardner Museum of Architecture and Design, Quincy IL 1989
Illinois University at Carbondale art gallery, Carbondale IL 1989
Lincoln Library, Springfield IL 1989
Western Illinois University Art Gallery, Macomb IL 1989
St. Xavier College, SXC Gallery, Chicago IL 1988
Tarble Arts Center, Brainard Gallery, Eastern IL Univ.,Charleston IL 1988
Reicher Gallery, Barat College, Lake Forest IL 1988
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Gallery, Chicago IL 1988

Ray Martin, hand printed books, offset books and boxed sets of prints, articles published (in hand printed, limited editions):

The first 3 entries below Next Great Eat; Housewares; Rx Intensive Care are
boxed portfolios. They form a trilogy in the same 14x11inch format. All are
hand printed lithographically on mould made Rives BFK. The cloth bound
containers are hand made by the artist.

Next Great Eat a portfolio of hand printed images and text. Boxed. 1999
Housewares 14 images and text pages. Based on images of common household
experience with commentary on the deterioration and destruction of the good
life experience. Hand printed lithographs, black and white and color, boxed.
May, 1998.
Rx Intensive Care 30 images and text based on medical book plates and images of
death. Hand printed lithographs, black and white and color, boxed. January

FIVE BLADES 2: artists book, color litho cover with laser printed pages. 1997.
INVENTION: CLOUD MACHINES artists book, collaboration with Marc Giordano. an
edition of 150, full color. 8"x5" 1996.
VERSES VERSUS artists book, color litho cover with laser printed pages. 1996.
RECTO VERSO artists book, offset, printed at the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago in an edition of 100 impressions. 1996.
SHOWROOM artists book, hand printed, edition 20. 1995/96.
DETRITUS II, 50 plus images and text in a variety of print media. boxed.
FIVE BLADES, 28 pp, hand printed color plates, 15 impressions, hand
DETRITUS I, Six images in an edition of 30, La Serre folio , published by
Ecole des beaux arts, St Etienne France. 1994. Ten artists proof copies
published by the artist (with added images) Chicago IL /USA, 1994.
PROTECTIVE COLOR, Autobiographical sketch at age 12. Lithography and laser
printed type. Hand bound. 1994
BULWERK (Bulwark), Mixed media book, color lithography, laser printed type.
LAWN CARE, 17 color lithographs, boxed, 1993
AGGRAVATED BATTERY, Mixed media book, Litho, color litho, computer images.
HELSKO (Achilles Last), Mixed media book, 1993, with suite of lithographs.
MASTER PAINTER'S PARTNER, a suite of prints, boxed, includes artists book.
AT ISSUE, a 50 page book of mixed hand printed, drawing and monoprint. 1991.
HIGH GLOSS 3, a book of lithographs and other printed matter. 1989.
VANITY, A book of mixed hand printed media, hand drawing and monoprint. 1988.
HIGH GLOSS 2, a 56 page book of lithographs and letterpress printed matter.
LEGERDEMAIN, a portfolio of lithographs and poems by the artist.1986.
HIGH GLOSS one, A 24 page book of lithographs and letterpress, 1984.
POLITICS OF DESPAIR, a collaborative. Suite of lithographs by Ray Martin with
letterpress text by poet Marc Giordano, 1984/85.

(Several earlier books and boxed sets of writings and images include:
Recent articles
Behind the studio Door of Ray Martin, Chicago Artists' Coalition, April 1996.
Artists Who Make Books, Chicago Books in Review Summer 1996.