Professor Ramsay received his BFA from the University of Michigan in 1984 and an MFA from Texas Tech University both focused in the area of Jewelry and Metals. Ramsay has taught 3D Design and Jewelry/Metals as a Visiting Professor at many universities including: Texas Tech University, La Guna Gloria Art Museum, the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois, Purdue University, San Diego State University and began teaching full time at Oklahoma State University Art Department in 1990. Ramsay has been awarded full Professorship and the Oklahoma State University College of Arts and Sciences Wise, Diggs, Berry Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to teaching at OSU, Ramsay has been Artist-in-Residence at both Oregon School for Arts and Crafts and Acadia National Park in Maine. He also presents workshops and lectures on his work around the country including: Penland School of Arts and Crafts, N.C., Haystack School of Crafts, ME. and Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Ramsay’s work has been shown in numerous galleries and museums throughout the United States including the American Craft Museum in New York and SOFA Chicago with the Sherry Leedy Gallery of Kansas City. His work can be viewed in the permanent collections of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, The Children’s Hospital of Cleveland, OH., and Southern Living Magazine botanical gardens, Birmingham, AL.
In describing his artwork Ramsay states: “As an artist I am concerned with the subtle, yet, dramatic relationship between all components of our environment. To fulfill the requirements of this idea, my artwork utilizes a variety of media, form, and scale. I integrate collected objects into my work as a metaphor for the cycle of change that all materials and objects are affected by, including myself. This process provides a vehicle for me to consider my place on earth and my part in nature. I begin with objects that I have collected in flea markets or found while on walks. The materials can be both manmade and natural and are often aged or eroded in some way-- evidencing change. I fabricate structures that have a form relative to the theme of the piece to insert these objects or I sometimes literally work into larger objects that I find such as globes and large stones.”
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