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David Moog (b. 1944), Hiram Cray, 2015; Archival inkjet print, 20 x 15 inches; Gift of the artist, copyright David Moog, 2015

David Moog (b. 1944), Hiram Cray, 2015; Archival inkjet print, 20 x 15 inches; Gift of the artist, copyright David Moog, 2015

Hiram Cray

American
Born: U.S.

Hiram Cray is painter, arts educator, and activist who was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. Cray graduated from Buffalo State College with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and later received his Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies from the same institution. He received  his welding certification from the Q.T.T.I. Welding School in Depew, NY. [1] Hiram Cray is the son of notable WNY sculptor Valeria Cray-Dihaan. 

Cray is currently overseeing Art Force 5, a group of artist individuals founded at Alfred University. Their mission is to “promote equality, inspire creativity, build community, teach history and sow empathy.” [2]

The Art Force 5 website describes:

“Hiram has more than twenty years of experience working in the community as an activist and artist. Starting out as a young activist in his community involved with 50 Women with a Vision on Jefferson Ave to help community wellness by participating in street beatification and resource accessibility within supermarkets, libraries, and media centers. Hiram’s early and continued civic participation has cultivated a deep rooted passion for community building and teaching. He was the lead teaching artist at Buffalo Center for the Arts and Technology, where he taught a diverse body of students ranging from adults, teens, and the incarcerated individuals….

His diverse vocational background includes experience in Maxillofacial Prosthetics at Columbia University & Bronx VA Hospital, work as a life skills coach and family resource specialist at Gateway-Longview, school support specialist / case manager at Mid-Erie, and an assistant martial arts instructor @ Summit Martial Arts. Hiram has worked as a traditional art teacher with various organizations and schools which include Tapestry Charter, Locust St Art, Langston Hughes Center and Albright-Knox Museum of Modern Art. Hiram’s work with youth includes children with emotional and developmental delays and he is certified in both Cultural Competency and DSW.” [3]

[1], [3]  “Introducing Hiram Cray, Art Force 5 Teaching Fellow,” Art Force 5 News Pagehttps://www.artforce5.com/news/2018/8/17/introducing-hiram-cray-art-force-5-teaching-fellow, August 17, 2018.  
[2] “About,” Art Force 5 Website, https://www.artforce5.com/about