Grace Mikell Ramsey

Grace Mikell Ramsey

Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art

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. These are the secrets of an insular world, but if there are mysteries in these scenes, there may also be moments of uncanny familiarity. Though this work arises from my private thoughts, I hope that it opens itself to possibility. The narrative and emotional threads grow richer and more complicated with every viewer who might think, for a moment, "I've seen or felt or dreamed this before."

  • M.F.A., painting and drawing, Tulane University
  • B.A., religious studies, Stetson University


Course Sampling

  • Drawing I
  • Painting I
  • Painting II, III, IV
  • Open Studio

Areas of Expertise

  • Oil painting techniques
  • Contemporary figure painting
  • Color theory and color mixing


Grace Mikell Ramsey is a figurative painter whose work explores themes of girlhood and womanhood, connection and insularity, freedom and confinement, the fantastical and the body. She studied religion and art at Stetson and after graduating, moved to New Orleans in the summer of 2007 to teach in the Recovery School District and make art. She received her M.F.A. in Painting from Tulane University in May 2012 and was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Award in June 2012. Her work has been shown at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Art Gallery, and has been published in the Oxford American, Artvoices, Arkansas Life, and The Idle Class. In October 2014 she was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Career Opportunity Grant. She currently teaches drawing and painting classes as the Visiting Professor of Studio Art.