Jersey City
Grace Mikell Ramsey

Grace Mikell Ramsey recently moved to New Jersey and is an Assistant Professor of Art at William Paterson University where she teaches painting and drawing. She received an M.F.A. in Painting from Tulane University in 2012 was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Award that year. In 2014 she was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Career Opportunity Grant.

Her work has been shown at the Contemporary Arts Center, Octavia Art Gallery, and Antenna Gallery in New Orleans; the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Boswell Mourot Fine Art Gallery in Little Rock; and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Art Gallery. Her work has been published in the Oxford American, Artvoices, Arkansas Life, The Idle Class, and Momma Tried.

Possess All That I Am
Grace Mikell Ramsey
oil on canvas

36 × 36 in.


Working loosely from my own experiences, memories, musings, introspections, and fears, my paintings function in a dreamlike narrative space between fantasy and reality. I explore themes of girlhood and womanhood, using elements of ritual, magic, and religious iconography to give color and light to what is kept hidden or left unsaid. This painting was inspired in part by Renaissance paintings of the Christian martyr Saint Agatha, who was often portrayed with her breasts on a platter.