Sam Gray is an emerging artist, illustrator, and graphic designer working out of her studio at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Virginia since 2017. Born and raised in Springfield (VA), she graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in graphic design from the University of Georgia in 2012. After graduating Gray interned at a design studio and later traveled internationally while volunteering on farms through the WWOOF program until she wound her way to central Virginia.
In 2016 Gray was accepted into McGuffey's Incubator Studio program, which was an invaluable foundation for her career as an artist. Since then she juried into McGuffey's Art Association, participated in numerous group shows (in Charlottesville and other cities in Virginia, West Virginia, and even Munich, Germany), co-founded the Feminist Union of Charlottesville Creatives, won the 2018 Tom Tom City Art Bus competition, and exhibited two solo shows (both in 2018). Gray's work examines themes of feminism, human relationship with nature, and the psyche through a style she's dubbed anthro-botanical surrealism.