Agnes Murray was born in Washington, D.C. From an early age she was inspired to follow a life in art by regular visits to the National Gallery of Art. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a B.A. in Studio Art and a minor in Art History, with High Honors. After graduating she spent six months traveling in Europe and then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. She lived in California for six years and in 1980 received her M.F.A. in printmaking from the California College of the Arts, Oakland. After graduate school she lived for two years in Southampton, England where she met her husband, Graham Walker. During both of the times she lived in Europe she traveled extensively, developing ideas and images for her work in painting, drawing and printmaking and has continued to find inspiration on subsequent trips to her husband's native Scotland. She has lived in New York since returning to the United States, where she and her husband have raised their three children.
The artist's work, including lithographs, monotypes, artist's books, intaglio prints, drawings, photographs, watercolors and oil paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has had solo exhibits at the Southampton Civic Centre Art Gallery, Southampton, England; the Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg, NY; and the Roland Gibson Gallery, Potsdam State College (SUNY). An exhibit of work created through Hatchfund funding, "Approaching Slains Castle" at the Tabla Rasa Gallery in Brooklyn, NY from March 12 - April 11, 2015 is the artist's first solo exhibit in New York City.
Her work has been included in numerous curated exhibitions including The Light of the Sublime, works of Rumi interpreted by Zahra Partovi and Vincent FitzGerald & Co., (retrospective exhibition) at Rochester Institute of Technology, 2012; The Affordable Art Fair, New York City, with Tabla Rasa Gallery, 2011; Rock, Paper, Scissors, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2010; Fragments of Light II, Brooklyn Museum Library, Rumi books by Vincent FitzGerald & Co., 2009; Goloborotko's Studio: 20 Anos, Galeria Gravura Brasileira, São Paulo, 2009; The Big Print Show, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, 2007; and international printmaking exchange exhibits in both New York and Paris for New York/Paris – Dialogue – Paris/New York, 2005. Her work has also been selected for numerous juried exhibitions and awards. She is a recipient of the 2014 and 2005 Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) artist fellowships.
Her work is included in the collections of Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Brooklyn Museum; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Southampton Art Gallery, Southampton, England; Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio; Columbia University; Harvard University; Rochester Institute of Technology; The University, Southampton, England; Trenton State College; University of Iowa, Ames, Iowa; the Library of Congress; the New York City Public Library; and other public and private collections. In addition to an exhibition record spanning thirty years, the artist is an experienced master printer in lithography, arts administrator, and art professor.
Awards & Recognitions
- Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Award