Ray Cronin


I am a writer, curator and arts consultant living in Elmsdale, Nova Scotia. My first publication was an art review in a magazine in 1989 and I have been writing for publication ever since.

From 2001-2015 I worked at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as Curator (2001-2007) and as Director and CEO (2007-2015). I am the founding curator of the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s premiere award for the Visual Arts. A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and the University of Windsor (Master of Fine Arts), I am the author of numerous catalogue essays and articles for Canadian and American art magazines, including Canadian Art, Border Crossings, Sculpture and Espace art actuel. In 2000 I received the Christina Sabat Award for Critical Review in the Arts. I was the Visual Arts Columnist for The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton) and Here (Saint John). I am now the visual arts blogger for Halifax Magazine, with two columns a month, and the editor of Billie: Visual Culture Atlantic.

I am the author of six books of non-fiction, including Our Maud: The Life, Art and Legacy of Maud Lewis, Alex Colville: A Rebellious Mind, and Gerald Ferguson: Thinking of Painting.  I have contributed essays to over a dozen books on artists, including: Mary Pratt, John Greer, David Askevold, Graeme Patterson, Colleen Wolstenholme, Ned Pratt and Gary Neill Kennedy, among others. My e-book, Alex Colville: Life & Work, was published by the Arts Canada Institute in 2017. In 2020 they will publish two e-books by me, Mary Pratt: Life & Work and an art history of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Also in 2020, Nimbus Publishing will publish my book Nova Scotia Folk Art: An Illustrated Guide. I am the author of three Gaspereau Field Guides to Canadian Artists, with numbers 4 and 5 of that series scheduled to be published in 2019, and 6 and 7 in 2020.

My complete list of publications can be found on my website, www.raycronin.ca.

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