Julia C R Gray, is a native California artist who sculpts ceramic torsos with rich layers of form, texture and painted narrative imagery. Her artwork portrays multilayered messages, starting with vulnerability of the oceans and our bodies, balanced with the power of the oceans and the strength of women’s bodies. After working as a representational painter from 1980 to 2010, Gray returned to University to focus on sculpture, completing a BFA (2014) with Honors from San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). Gray has been awarded scholarships and art grants from SFAI and Davis Projects for Peace for art and environmental work in Bali, Indonesia. Selected exhibitions include The California Clay Competition, Davis, CA; The William D. Cannon Gallery, Carlsbad, CA; The Atheneum, La Jolla, CA; Oceanside Museum of Art, CA; Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA; The American Museum of Ceramics, Pomona, CA; CSU Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles, CA; The Women’s Museum of California, San Diego, CA.