A Christmas Carol - For Publication

Balancing Acts

The Day of the Locust

In Nevada

Bio and Contact Info

Lucy Gray grew up outside Detroit. There was a round barn next to her house that had been abandoned for years. The only thing in it was a black carriage that had once been drawn by horses. Gray drove that buggy in an imaginary world. When she went to school she turned her private thoughts into performances on stage. At Dartmouth College she studied film and European literature. She became a radio talk show host. She moved west and worked in the movie business. Then she wrote about it for magazines and then she had children and changed careers to become a photographer. She was represented by the Jernigan Wicker Fine Art Gallery for ten years at which time she also ran a family portraiture business. She became an early vlogger with a show called Lucy Talks Movies. For ten years she programmed and lectured about movies to private film clubs. She was taking stills all these years but the movies have informed them such that she now makes sequences that she thinks of as somewhere between silent films and comics.

Gray has had published "Balancing Acts: Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers" which received international reviews, prizes and is in the collection at the deYoung Museum. Her artist's edition of Nathanael West's "The Day of the Locust" is in special collections in the Legion of Honor and the Getty Museums. The Berkeley Art Museum has in their collections her series “Dorothea Lange’s Footsteps: Foreclosure in the Central Valley in 2008.” She has had photographs published in The Cut, The New York Times, Mother Jones, The Independent, Elle, Time Lightbox, El Pais,Corriera della Sera, Republica, The Sunday Times among others. Two recent published articles by her can be read in Alta and American Theater Magazine.

A hallmark of her achievements has been in experimenting with exhibition spaces. Her Naming the Homeless was made for the nave at Grace Cathedral San Francisco at Christmas when 50,000 people visited. Eight of the thirty people photographed got jobs. Yale University invited a showing of the pictures. The Governor of Connecticut heard Gray give a talk there and brought the show to the State House. Exhibitions of “Balancing Acts” were shown at the San Francisco Public Library, Stanford University’s Institute on Women and Gender and at the Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C. Other remarkable exhibitions include the montages she made with the actress Tilda Swinton that were projected onto the north and south faces of City Hall for a week during the Film Festival in San Francisco. In 2013 she made the beautiful short film, Genevieve Goes Boating, narrated by Swinton, that is a child's vision of family crisis. It was in Filmstruck's top ten best that year. It played for nearly three years continuously in the lobby of Building C in Fort Mason where 2 million people visit each year. Meanwhile, the film traveled throughout India in children’s schools. It was bookended there with screenings at national festivals in Mumbai.

Lucy Gray lives and works in San Francisco.



Winner 2021, “Birdsong (Untitled) I,” International Color Awards, Los Angeles, Fine Art Nominee

Winner 2021, “Birdsong (Untitled) II,” International Color Awards, Los Angeles, Fine Art Nominee



Ambit Magazine, London, thirty-six panels, November 2021, pg 17 – 32


Art Winner 2021, (first ever) Ambit Magazine, London




L’Oeil de la Photographie, Trying to Tell the Story, March 30, 2017


Lobby, 117 West 123rd Street, Harlem, 11/2017 – 1/2018


Winner, 2017,”Trying to Tell the Story,” International Color Awards,  Los Angeles, Fine Art Nominee

Winner 2017,”Dressing for the Dance,” International Color Awards, Los Angeles, Fine Art Nominee


Lili Anolik, Kathy Bole, Francis Bowes, Jamie Bowles, Leslie Walker Burlock, Alison Carlson, Margaret Charnas, Penny Coulter, Christine Cuccia, Karen and John Diefenbach, Carol and John Field, Anne Fredericks and Marc Fasteau, Carole Shorenstein Hays, William and Margaret Hearst, Martha Kropf, Chris Meledandri, Karen Meyerhoff, Jane Reed and Larry Reed, Sue Rugtiv, Holly Goldberg Sloan and Gary Rosen, Dianne Weaver and Sebastiano Scarampi




Mother Jones Magazine, 18 Months of hearings, 700 Witnesses – and Barely a Single Homeowner by Marilyn Snell, January 2011 Read More.


Berkeley Art Museum




Arion Press, Artist’s Edition, foreword by David Thomson, 2013

Brick 92, selected images, Winter 2014


Mechanic’s Institute Library, Dramatic reading with Photographs, directed by, San Francisco January 22, 2014

International Fine Print Dealers Association, New York City October 25 – 28, 2013


Holly Goldberg Sloan and Gary Rosen, Billy Weber, Barbara Katz


Achenbach Collection, Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco; Special Collection, Getty Museum Research Institute Library


William and Margaret Hearst III; Philip and Jamie Bowles; Shaari Ergas; Holly Goldberg Sloan and Gary Rosen



PUBLICATION, Big Tilda’s to music by Greil Marcus, 2007-Present

Brick Magazine, Honor at the Stairs, Cover, Spring 2007

Photo Review Magazine, Xavier’s Tour de Nairn, Honor at the Stairs, 2006


San Francisco International Film Festival, Big Tilda’s projected images City Hall, north and south faces, 2006

Audis Husar Fine Art Gallery, Tilda Swinton on Fire, Los Angeles, 2006

REVIEWS, Big Tilda by David D’Arcy, 2006 Read more


Fine Art Nominee International Color Awards, Her Blue Hills 2018

Winner, Photography 2007, b.j. spoke gallery, Honor at the Stairs, New York City

Winner, Photography 2007, b.j. spoke gallery, Xavier’s Tour de Nairn, New York City

Winner, Photography 2007, b.j. spoke gallery, Daddy’s Shoes, New York City

Winner, Somerset Art Association Annual Exhibition Contest, Honor at the Stairs, New Jersey 2006, National Portrait Gallery London Curator’s Choice, International Color Awards, Honor at the Stairs 2006

Winner, The Photo Review Competition Issue, Xavier’s Tour de Nairn 2005

Exhibition, Pro Arts Gallery Annual Competition, Celebrity, Oakland 2005

Winner, Women in Photography International Contest, Honor at the Stairs 2005


Max Palevsky, Anonymous




Princeton Architectural Press, Balancing Acts: Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers, Foreword by Hilton Als, March 2015

Civilization Magazine, Shanghai China, April 2021, pg 134-151

Brick Magazine, On a Dancer’s Life, Summer 2003

Backstage, San Francisco Ballet, Winter 2002

Callboard Magazine, October 2002; November 2002

International Art Exposition CatalogueMark Morris Choreographing, San Francisco 2000


National Endowment for the Arts Radio Washington DC, 2017 Read More.

Twenty6 Magazine, Issue L, July 2017  Read More.

Time Lightbox, March 14, 2016 Read More.

Refinery 29, March 29, 2016 Read More.

Quartz, March 17, 2016 Read More.

Dance Magazine April 2004; January 2007; 2015

Corriere della Sera, Italy, September 2015

The Vision Times, June 15, 2015 Read More.

Boost, June 5, 2015

El Pais, Spain, May 19, 2015

Ninemsn Coach, Australia, May 13, 2015

San Francisco Ballet Backstage Magazine, 2002; Fall 2015

Page Turners, June 18, 2015

SELF, May 10, 2015 Read More.

Real Simple, May 8, 2015

Dance Spirit, May 8, 2015 Read More.

New York Magazine: The cut, May 8, 2015 Read More.

Goodreads, May 6, 2015

The New Fillmore, May 2015 Read More.

Huff Post Parents, April 29, 2015 Read More., April 24, 2015 Read More.

BUST Magazine, April 17, 2015 Read More.

KWMR Radio Point Reyes Station, April 14, 2015

Slate magazine, March 20, 2015 Read More.

San Jose Mercury News, March 15, 2015

Daily Mail, March 14, 2015

San Francisco Chronicle, March 10, 2015

SFGate, March 9, 2015

Mommikin, March 31, 2015 Read More.

San Francisco Chronicle, March 6, 2015 Read More.

Republica, Italy, March 2015

Theater Bay Area, March/April 2015

Design Taxi, February 23, 2015

ELLE, February 18, 2015 Read more.

The Stanford Daily Volume 227, Issue 44, 21 April 2005 

KZSU-FM Stanford University, April 2005

The Sunday Times, Baby Steps, April 6, 2003

ARCHIPELAGO. 11. Vol. 5, No. 3 Autumn 2001


Warsaw Embassy, Poland, May 2022 – May 2025

Harvey Milk Photography Center, San Francisco May 9 – June 7, 2016

Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C., 2008

Prada Gallery, Washington, D.C. 2006 

Maryland Art Place, with catalogue, Baltimore September 19 – October 21, 2006

Stanford University, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, 2005

San Francisco Public Library, January/February 2004

Jernigan/ Wicker Fine Art, Paris, France 2003

San Francisco Ballet, Katita, Dressing Room after Prodigal Son, 2001

ARCHIPELAGO. 11. Vol. 5, No. 3 Autumn 2001

International Art Exposition, Mark Morris Choreographing, San Francisco 2000

San Francisco Ballet, 2000

San Francisco Movie Theaters, Short Film by Victoria Stewart, Lucy Gray, A Portrait: Making Balancing Acts 2000


San Francisco Public Library, November 14, 2017

San Francisco Philosophical Society, May 7, 2016

Diane Middlebrook Salon San Francisco, February 21, 2016

San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary, December 3, 2015

The Image Flow Marin, September 24, 2015

Metropolitan Club San Francisco, April 29, 2015

Stanford University, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Palo Alto April 8, 2005

Sacred Heart Academy San Francisco, May 2005


22 Best Photo Books of 2015, Fast Company

Silver Medal, Best Book, One Eyeland 2015

Nominee Black and White Spider Awards, After Mother and Son Dance Nutcracker Ballet 2015

Nominee Black & White Spider Awards, Before Mother and Son Dance Nutcracker Ballet 2015

Nominee Black & White Spider Awards, Rehearsing at San Francisco Ballet 2015


Jamie and Philip Bowles; David Packard; Anonymous


DeYoung Museum, San Francisco Fine Arts




Communication Arts Magazine: Photography Annual, 1996


Jernigan/ Wicker Fine Art, Paris, France, 2003

Jernigan/Wicker Fine Art, San Francisco, Early Work, March 3 – April 4, 1998

Anita Seipp Gallery, Palo Alto, Early Work, 1997

Plano ArtCentre, TX, Early Work, July 2 – August 2, 1997


Winner, New Photography Competition, Millard Sheets Gallery, Los Angeles 2000

National Jury’s Choice, Advertising Photographers of America,Taxi!, Los Angeles 1996

Award of Excellence, Communication Arts: Photography Annual, Taxi! 1996


Thomas V. Meyer Fine Art



PRESS / TELEVISION, 2000 Read More., Susan Garett, 2000 Read More.

KRON-TV NBC, Thanksgiving Tribute, November 1998

KPIX-TV CBS, MacMoment: Dave McElhatton: Lucy Gray Making Naming the Homeless,

November 1998

KRON-TV NBC, Bay Area Backroads, December 1998

San Francisco Chronicle, Karen Salter, December 1998


Yale University New Haven Connecticut City Hall 2000

City College of San Francisco February 22, 1999


Connecticut State House, Hartford Connecticut November 2000

Yale University, New Haven Connecticut City Hall September 2000

Institute for Unpopular Culture San Francisco January 2000 Vol. 14-1 2000

City Hall San Francisco, August – September 1999

Jernigan Wicker Fine Art, San Francisco June 1999

Grace Cathedral San Francisco December 1998


Architects and H`eroes, Pamela and Ernesto Aguirre, Chris Arguedas, Katherine Berkeley, William and Wynn Burkett, The Clarion Group, Coach, Karen Crow, Susan and Paul DeMuro, Maureen Murphy and David DiFrancesco, Nancy Murray and Jim Feuille, Terry Forman, Stephanie and Dick Fredericks, Gwen and Sandy Garrett, Lynne Hale, Sherri and Michael Hudes, Susan Kilgore, Tony Kitz, MAC, Cyra McFadden, Elaine McKeon, Chris and Jim Marver, Celeste and Tony Meier, Stephanie and Bill Mellin, Eric Brondfield and Jane Melnick, Peggy Mitchell, Susan Moldaw, Alexis Neel, Heidi Norbeck, Margaret O’Leary, Inc., Todd Oppenheimer, Juliette Reilly, Rockefeller Philanthropic Collaborative, Richard and Barbara Rosenberg, Penelope Rowlands, Randy Fink Sahae, San Francisco Foundation, Donor Advised Funds; Schultz Foundation, Brian and Katrina Sherer, Joe and Lori Sherer, Paul and Jennifer Sherer, Sam and Elise Sherer, Raymond McGrath and Karen Snell, Spago, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Stone, Jaimie Sanford and Ted Storey, Temple Emanu-El Rabbis’ Philanthropy Fund, Tuffy’s Hopscotch, Gretchen Voorhees, Kay Kimpton and Sandy Walker, Amy Nathan and Warren Weber, Lizzy Weber, Rachel French Weber, Lynn and Peter Wendell, Ann and Mark Weinstock, Shirley and Scott Wilson, Windfall Foundation


Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP




Mechanics Institute Library, San Francisco, 2002

Jernigan Wicker Fine Arts, San Francisco, 2001




Alfred A. Knopf, In Nevada: The Land, The People, God and Chance by David Thomson, 1999


Jernigan/Wicker Fine Art, San Francisco 1999


Maurice Kanbar


Alicia Hammarskjold, William and Margaret Hearts III




Berlin Film Festival, 2010

Telluride Film Festival, 2002, 2006, 2007

“Tangled Up in Blue” Series, Pilot Title Sequence, ABC-TV, 2003/04

The New York Times, Anthony Minghella and Walter Murch cutting The Talented Mr. Ripley, December 19, 1999

Independent on Sunday, Anthony Minghella and Walter Murch cutting The Talented Mr. Ripley, December 1999




The New Fillmore, A Moment in Time, January 2, 2018

Lucy Talks Movies, Red Without Blue: Mark and Claire Farley, Vlog, June 24, 2007



“Strange Fruit”, Documentary Directed by Lynn Hershman-Leeson, 2006

“American Inventor”, ABC-TV, 2006

“Dancing with the Stars”, ABC-TV, 2006

“Tangled Up in Blue” TV Series Pilot, Title Sequence, ABC-TV, 2003/04



Master Class, Tanya Habjouqa, SF Camerawork, 2019

Master Class, Richard Sands, Aperture, New York City, 2017

Master Class, Michael Kenna, San Francisco Art Institute, 1999

Bachelors Degree with concentrations in European Literature and Film, Dartmouth College, University of New Hampshire, Special Degree Program, 1979