University of Illinois at Chicago (MFA)
Ryan Murray creates conceptually-driven artwork that combines media such as video, sculpture, and painting. His work uses the aesthetics of psychedelia, fantasy, and pop-culture to address the connections and disconnections between rationality and mysticism in the search for meaning.
Murray's work has been exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, screening tours, and film festivals. Venues include the Chicago Underground Film Festival, the Hyde Park Art Center, the Nightingale, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Work: Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan, the Regina Miller Gallery in Pittsburgh, the Whitaker Gallery at Hood College in Maryland, the Metro Gallery, Sight Unseen, and EMP Collective in Baltimore, Experimental Response Cinema in Austin, Eyebeam, the Spectacle Theater, and the New York Independent Film Festival in New York, Portland Experimental Film Festival, Antimatter Media Art Festival in British Columbia, and Videoholica in Bulgaria.
Murray joined the faculty at Towson University's Electronic Media and Film Department in 2009. He teaches courses on the subjects of experimental film and video art, digital culture theory & aesthetics, viral video, and video production and post-production. His interdisciplinary course Creativity in the Fine Arts won an Innovation in Teaching Award from Towson's Office of Academic Innovation, and was the subject of a panel presentation at the 2015 Foundations in Art: Theory and Education Conference.