International Conference 2011

Mr. Dr. Ray Allen


Ray Allen has been Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Vice President for Academic Affairs since 1994 and the College’s first Provost since 2006. From 1970 to 1983, he was a member of MICA’s full-time faculty and also served from 1978 to 1983 as the Chairman of the Foundation Department, MICA’s first year program. During his first tenure at MICA, he maintained an active studio practice and exhibited nationally, while also becoming increasingly known both here and in Canada for his teaching and lecturing on color.

 From 1983 to 1994, Allen served as the first Vice President for Academic Affairs at Maine College of Art where he also taught in the Foundation Program.

 In 1991, Allen began serving as an evaluator for regional and national higher education accrediting bodies including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; the Western, North Central, Middle States, and New England Associations; and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). In 1997, he was elected to the Commission on Accreditation for NASAD. After serving six years on the Commission, he was elected its chair from 2002 to 2005. Subsequently, he was elected President of the organization from 2005 to 2008.  

Over his career, Mr. Allen has actively consulted on arts education in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East and served as an advisor and board member to a number of non-profit arts organization. Since 2004, he has served on the Board of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore and is its current secretary. 

 Mr. Allen holds a BFA degree in Painting from Philadelphia College of Art and a MFA degree from Queens College of the City University of New York.

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