About

Amy Ragus' work in photocollage has been exhibited in one person and group exhibits in the US and abroad. Trained as a painter at Wellesley College (BA) and Columbia University (MFA), she turned to photography in the 1980's. She considers herself a painter who uses photo fragments as brushstroke on a larger field.

She was a founding partner and Vice President of Fine Arts Express, Inc. (1978-1994) and an Assistant Professor of Art at Regis College (1995-2002).

Ragus is a three time MacDowell Fellow and has been artist in residence in various venues including Gros Morne National Park (Newfoundland), Yosemite National Park (Califorina), Sitka Center for Art & Ecology (Oregon), Hermitage Artist Retreat (Florida), Moulin a Nef/Virginia Center for the Arts (Auvillar, France), and elsewhere.

The artist has had one person exhibits at The Catamount Arts Center (St. Johnsbury, VT), The Fruitlands Museum (Harvard, Ma), The French Cultural Center (Boston, Ma), Thoreau Farm Trust (Concord, Ma), Highfield Hall (Falmouth, MA) The Cummings Arts Center (Connecticut College), Bentley College (Waltham, Ma), Babson College (Wellesley, MA), Regis College (Weston, MA), The Deans Gallery at MIT (Cambridge, MA), The Art Complex Museum (Duxbury, MA), and The Tsongas Gallery at Walden Pond Concord, MA (with Thoreau Scholar Tom Blanding). A recent two person exhibit (2015) at Danforth Art with Prilla Smith Brackett produced a catalog with essays by curators Jennifer Roscio and Michele Cohen.

Upcoming venues include "Amy Ragus/Amy Ernst - The Third Entity" at the Sarasota Art Center, Florida May-June 2017 - a two person show including collaborative work focusing on elements of Surrealism and Collage. Also upcoming in 2017 at the Heritage Gallery(Whitinsville, MA) is another collaborative project with calligrapher C.A. Garritt. The show is titled "Random and Response: Images by Amy Ragus and Calligraphic Art by C.A. Millner."

Also in June-Sept is an exhibit called Plot curated by Heather Adele at The Davis Art Gallery part of Davis Publications in Worcester, MA. The show will focus on garden stories and will be dedicated to Heather Adele. Work I will present will be a series shot at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA.

In 2017 she will be an artist in residence at The Artist Association of Nantucket and The Catwalk Institute in Catskill, New York.

Ragus was born in New York City. Her parents met at the Cooper Union Art School in the East Village. She currently lives in a small farmhouse in the woods of southeast Massachusetts.