Trusty's works After Mapplethorpe (left) and Uncle Wayne (right) in Growing up Queer in the South, Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC. Summer 2022.


Ray Trusty (she/her) is an artist-scholar currently working as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Kansas in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Trusty successfully defended her dissertation on July 26, 2022 and will graduate with a Ph.D. in WGSS in the Fall of 2022. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts from Lesley College in Boston, MA (2011). 

Trusty's research and artistic practice explores themes of gender and sexuality in contemporary art. Her dissertation, "Embodiment and Agency within the Artistic Practice of Queer Abstraction" - utilizes the contemporary genre of queer abstraction as a case study of what queer can do conceptually in object form. Her research has been published in The International Journal of Social, Political, and Community Agendas in the Arts, ARTMargins Online, and the American Alliance of Museums Alliance Blog.

Trusty's current art series, Down South, continues her scholarly research by applying the goals of queer abstraction specifically to discuss themes of rural queerness and class. Her artwork has been included in solo exhibitions in Kansas, Arkansas, and New York, and in group exhibitions in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. 

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