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Ray King

835 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123, U.S.A.
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Phone: 215 627-5112     Fax: 215 625-8421

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Artist Bio

            Ray King is an accomplished sculptor and artist who uses the natural phenomena of light as it interacts with glass and optics as an art medium. By creating dynamic interactions with the sun and refracting light into colors -- rainbow like emanations that shift and change as the viewer moves or as the light source changes -- King creates a magical environment that appeals to viewers’ sense of wonderment and delight, and inspired them to feel a greater connection to the cosmos.

            King is particularly interested and inspired by how ancient cultures used light in their rituals and monuments, and how they used mathematics in their artwork to understand planetary movement and their relation to the universe. In his art, King strives to create high-tech structures that sculpt light in a similar manner, to shine like beacons in the darkness (one of his areas of interest is projecting light into shadow), in order to create a spark in the imagination of the viewer, and, perhaps, to provide a glimpse of the supernatural.

            His artwork uses mathematics and sacred geometry, scaled to the golden mean, to add a humanistic element and proportion to public art. Using advanced computer technology, King designs three-dimensional shapes and patterns that are inspired by forms found in nature. These forms are astoundingly complex, yet simple and elegant, primitive, yet futuristic.

            Glass, King’s primary medium, provides a durable, yet transparent, surface that can be laminated with other materials to dynamically interact with light (and create safety glass as well). King specializes in working with high-tech holographic and dichroic laminate films and coatings that bend, or split, light wavelengths into a wide spectrum of brilliant colors. He also has vast experience creating tectonic, tensile structures made of stainless steel cable and hardware that articulate and give definition to the artwork.

            A resident of Philadelphia, King began working with stained glass in the early 1970s, and has exhibited his work internationally since 1976, including exhibitions in Italy, Japan, England, Spain and France. Major permanent installations of his work have been commissioned throughout the United States and abroad. All are site-specific and inspired by the surrounding space and landscape to create a unique sense of place and identity.



22010        North/South/East/West, Dulles International Airport, Washington, DC

Peace Bird, Eastside Human Services Facility, Denver, CO

                 Solar Sonic, Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan

                 Untitled, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ

                Rolling Wave, Penn State University, Reading, PA

                Untitled, Washington Square, Washington, DC

22009        Solar Disc, Metro Services Center, Albuquerque, NM

Wave, StarCenter, Frisco, TX

Untitled, Public Library, Richmond, VA

Sky, All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg. FL

AquA, The Plaza Bldg, Boise, ID

Dancing Feathers, Luzhou Station, Taipei, Taiwan

Untitled, Channelside Garage, Tampa, FL


·       Solar Sails, Tysons 123 Metro Station, Washington, DC 2008

·       Untitled, Physical Sciences Bldg, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 2008

·       JetStream, Nashville Airport, Nashville, TN 2008

·       Root, College of Humanities, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 2008

·       Hello David, Private Commission, Philadelphia, PA 2008

·       Untitled, East/West Highway, Silver Springs, MD 2007

·       Light Wings, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY 2006

·       M-Lens,  M Street Office Complex, Washington, DC 2006

·       Eyemoeba, City Community College, Salt Lake City, UT 2006

·       Spheroid, 610 Clematis, West Palm Beach, FL 2005

·       Fountain of Light, Boston Scientific, Minneapolis, MN 2005

·       River of Light, Texas Tech Univ, Lubbock, TX 2005

·       SunStream, Lincoln Ave Station, Denver, CO 2005

·       Landscape of Light, Recreational Center, Plano, TX 2005

·       TimeSpace, Chunghwa National Telecomm Bldg, Taipei, Taiwan 2004

·       Flame, Regent Office Complex, Arlington, VA 2004

·       Eddies of Light, Chapel Hill Aquatic Center, Chapel Hill, NC 2004

·       Utah Cascade, Health Sciences Education Bldg, Salt Lake City, UT 2003

·       Chroma Wall, Florida Atlantic Univ, Boca Raton, FL 2003

·       Sun Wall, Florida International Univ, Miami, FL 2003

·       Northern Cascade, Brookdale Library, Minneapolis, MN 2003

·       SkyWalk, Northwest Recreation Center, St. Petersburg, FL 2003

·       BioHelix, MicroBiology Building, Univ of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 2003

·       Spectral Cloud, Almaden Community Center, San Jose, CA 2003

·       ArtWalk, 9th St. Station, Hoboken, NJ 2002

·       Owens’ Rings, Owens Performing Arts Center, Toledo, OH 2002

·       Eye, Western Connecticut State Univ, Danbury, CT 2002

·       Luma Wave, Montgomery County Conference Center, Rockville, MD 2002

·       Quantum, Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ 2001

·       Jazz Walk, Montclair Train Station, Montclair, NJ 2001

·       Northern Lens, Chugiak High School, Anchorage, AK 2001

·       LumaCloud, Sarasota City Hall, Sarasota, FL  2001

·       Double Helix & The Pod, U of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ, Piscataway, NJ 2001

·       Largo Lens, Washington Metro Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC 2001

·       Vertus, University of Wisconsin, Pharmacy Building, Madison, WI 2000

·       ChromOculus, BellaVista Winery Erbusco, Italy 2000

·       Prismatic Pyramids, Performing Arts Center, UNI, Cedar Falls, IA 2000

·       Aurora, Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 1999

·       Synapse, The Brain Institute, Univ of Florida, Gainesville, FL 1999

·       Light Cascade , AIG Regional HQ, Philadelphia, PA 1998

·       Neon Light Drawings, Three light rail NJ Transit Stations 1997

·       Light River,  Student Health Center,  Iowa State Univ, Ames, IA 1997

·       Elliptic Lens, Ctr for Research in Electro Optics and Lasers, Orlando, FL 1996

·       Double Helical Projections, Iowa State Univ, Ames, IA 1996

·       Sky Garden, Davee Library, Univ of Wisconsin-River Falls, River Falls. WI 1996

·       Bristol Beacon, Market Street Wharf, Bristol, PA 1995

·       Light Wave, Library Reading Room, Rowan College, Glassboro, NJ  1994

·       Philadelphia Beacons (four), Ave. of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. 1994

·       Vitrine, Aronson and Fogler, Philadelphia, PA. 1994

·       Seven Lamps Of Learning, Austin Comm College, Austin, MN 1993

·       Copper Walls, Sconces, Glass Desk, The Elizabeth, Philadelphia, PA 1993

·       Les Trois Vitrines, Caviar Assouline, Philadelphia, PA 19911

·       Atlantis, One Ninety One Peachtree Tower, Atlanta, GA 1990

·       Glass Sconces, Oregon Dept of Transportation, Salem, OR 1990

·       Cosmos, The Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia, PA 1989

·       Edge -Lit Carved Glass Panels, 1133 CT Avenue, Washington, D.C. 1989

·       Aurora Ensemble, The Cosmopolitan, Philadelphia, PA 1988

·       Saturn Lights & Sconces, Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Ctr, New York, NY 1987

·       Carved Glass Walls, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA 1987

·       Frieze, Ronald and Anne Abramson, Washington, DC 1986

·       Fifteen Ghost Shields, Landmarks Concourse IV Building, Atlanta, GA 1985

·       Eleven Stained Glass Windows, Univ of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK 1985

·       Light Sails, Orlando International Airport, Orlando, FL 1984

·       Zona, 1608 Walnut Street Building, Philadelphia, PA 1984

·       Nova, Washington Square Building, Washington, DC 1983

·       Solar Wing, United States Courthouse & Federal Building, San Jose, CA 1983

·       Stained Glass Wall, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 1982

·       Carved Glass Wall, Michael’s of Broadway, New York, NY 1981

·       Luminous Aluminum & Glass Sculptures, One Jericho Plaza, Jericho, NY 1978


Geoffrey Museum, London,  England

The Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, England

Galleria Grazia Neri, Milan, Italy

Vetri International Glass Gallery, Seattle, WA

Gallery of Design, Univ of Wisconsin, Madison, WI Beyond Bricks and Mortar.

Museo Diocesano, Brescia, Italy

Angelicum, Milan, Italy

Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Glass Art Gallery, London, England

Electrum Gallery, London, England

Galeria Magari, Barcelona, Spain

Boutique at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France

*Brunnier Museum, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY

The Gallery of American Craft, Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ

Galleria, St. Petersburg, FL

Lane Gallery, San Diego, CA

National Museum of Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA. Contemporary Artifacts.

Entree Libre Gallery, New York, NY

National Museum of Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA. Contemporary Philadelphia Artists.

Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia. Art for Everyday.

Washington Square, Washington, DC Six Sculptors

Commerce Square, Philadelphia. Divided We Stand.

Ontario Craft Council, Toronto, Canada. The Burleighfield Experience.



Thermalbader & Grand Hotel, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, Du Pont de Nemours E. I. & Company, Wilmington, DE, Best Products, Richmond, VA, Chasco Company, Jericho, NY, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC, Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA



Architectural Lighting, Progressive Architecture, Sculpture, Neues Glas, Licht und Glas,

Realites, Vogue, Metropolis, New Work, British Crafts, American Craft, Glass, Stained Glass, Studio, International, Time , Newsweek, Esquire, Metropolitan Home, Public Art Review , etc.

The Technique of Stained Glass, by Patrick Reyntiens, 1977

Ornamentalism, by Robert Jensen and Patricia Conway, 1982

Art for Everyday, by Patricia Conway, 1990

Contemporary Crafts for the Home, by Bill Krause, 1990

The Beauty of Stained Glass, by Patrick Reyntiens, 1991

20th Century Stained Glass: A New Definition, by Robert Kehlman & Kyoto Shoin, 1992

Public Art in Philadelphia, by Penny Balkin Bach, 1992

Artisans: Glass, by Jera May Morton, 1999

Glass Art from Urban Glass; by Richard Yelle, 2000



Bombay Sapphire Foundation, London, England

Third Millennium Sculpture Award, Brescia, Italy

DuPont Benedictus Award, Innovative Use of Laminated Glass

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Ed F. Guth Award, Lighting  Design

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Arts, Artist’s Fellowship

National Endowment for the Arts, Artist’s Fellowship

National Endowment for the Arts, Emerging Artist’s Fellowship

Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, Artist’s Fellowship

Philadelphia Craft Show, First Prize

Louis C. Tiffany Foundation Fellowship

Member of the Board of Directors, New York Experimental Glass Workshop

Panelist, National Endowment for the Arts, Craft Fellowship Selection Panel