Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen are two people who work together as one artistic entity. They tend towards project-based work, using art as an extended form of study and a testing ground for ideas about language, politics and social life. Their projects are often grounded in translating between text and image and expanding the individual act of reading into visual, collective form.

Their work has appeared in many public places as well as at institutions such as The Renaissance Society (Chicago, IL); The San Diego Museum of Art (San Diego, CA); SPACES (Cleveland, OH); Locust Projects (Miami, FL); Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (Portland, OR); and on the pages of NOON Literary Annual. In addition to teaching, they enjoy working on the land where they live and spending time with their children.

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PO  Box 5221

Portland, OR 97208



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Selected Exhibitions 

2023      missives, Converge 45, various locations, Portland, OR

2022      sandwiches for every meal, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR*

2021      hard & SOFT, Congress Yard Projects, Portland, OR

2020      [IN]finite, Archer Gallery, Vancouver, WA**

2018       the book is a body that bends, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR*

2018       Between the Beginning and the Middle, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR*
2016        PDX to PTD, Pendelton, OR
2016        Dreams Are My Reality, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig, Germany
2016        Structures & Feelings, Disjecta Center for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR**
2016        Hidden Assembly, SPACES, Cleveland, OH
2016        Empathy Affect, Wieden & Kennedy, Portland, OR
2016        Matched Makers, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA
2014        Teen Paranormal Romance, Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL & Atlanta, GA
2013        Now Read This, Boise State University, Boise, ID
2013        A Series of Rectangles, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR*
2012        P.O.’d Postcard Show, Marylhurst Art Gym, Portland, OR
2012        Maybe It Takes A Loud Noise, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR*
2012        Portland2012, A Biennial of Contemporary Art, Disjecta, Portland, OR
2012        The 10th NW Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
2011         Commonplacing, Napolean, Philadelphia, PA
2011         Reading.Writing., Gallery Homeland, Portland, OR
2011         Being There, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
2010        Txt : Artists Investigating Language, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
2010        Public Antagonism, Carhole Gallery, Portland, OR
2010        The Classroom, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR*
2010        A Limited Anthology of Edits, AB Lobby Gallery, Portland, OR*
2010        How to Read a Book, Locust Projects, Miami, FL
2010        Of Walking in Ice, The White Box, Portland, OR
2010       The Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things, The Art Gym, Marylhurst, OR**
2009       09 Writings & Observations, Botkyrka Konsthall, Tumba, Sweden
2009       Index of Left Behind, Apartment Gallery at the Teshnor Manor, Portland, OR

* solo exhibitions** two-artist exhibitions

Special Projects

2022-2024 bending library, artist book publishing project

2018 History of Agriculture, participatory workshop and project, Five Oaks Museum, OR

2017 Kids’ Table, event and book release, Pataphysical Society, Portland, OR

2015      Takerlab, public reading group series, with IT-503 study group, Portland, OR

2014    Spreading Rumors, pubic projects, with Garrick Imatani & Ariana Jacob

2013        Instead of Pleading Up, Research event & presentation, Camp CARPA, Joshua Tree, CA

2012        Don’t Mistake Our Intelligence for Knowledge, research event & presentation, San Diego 

Museum of Art, San Diego, CA

2011      Don’t Worry We’ll Fix It, installation, performance, and publication, PICA’s TBA Festival, 

Portland, OR

2010       The Classroom Lecture Series, public lecture series and publication, Portland, OR

2007      I’m Searching Too, postcard project, PICA’s TBA Festival, Portland, OR

Awards, Grants, and Residences

2019 Artists in Residence, Caldera Arts, Sisters, OR

2016 Artists in Residence, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR

2015       Golden Spot Artists in Residence, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

2015       Signal Fire Artists in Residence, Mt. Hood Wilderness, OR

2014       PICA's Precipice Fund Grant recipients (with Ariana Jacob and Garrick Imatani), Portland, OR

2014       Individual Artist Fellowship recipients, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR

2013       Artists in Residence, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

2012       Finalists, Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR


2020 “Open Letter to Ryan Gander" in Art Criticism and Other Short Stories, ed. Reed H. Reed, Vancouver BC

2019 Contributions to Annotated Reader, a project by Ryan Gander and Jonathon Watts, London, UK

2018        First 100 Days published by Iron Point Press, Tucson, Arizona

2017       On Time edited by Sarah Farahat and Erica Thomas, Portland, OR

2017        Cleaning and the Possibility of Communism, published by Special Projects Press, Portland, OR

2015        Up With Toys, published by Recess Gallery and Signal Fire, Portland, OR

2014        "No Vacancy" published for April PDF by Amur Initiatives

2014        The Riso Book, a traveling book project, Colpa Press, San Francisco, CA

2014       "100 Posterworks" in Value/Labor/Arts: A Primer, published by Art Practical, San Francisco, CA

2013        "You Have Drones.We Have Stones" published as part of Murmuration: A Festival of Drone Culture

2013        100 Posterworks, limited-edition poster set, self-published, Portland, OR

2012        "Dear W." in Weekday 3, published by Publication Studio, Portland, OR and New York, NY

2012         A Glass of Milk Has More Than Two Parts, published by the Phillip Feldman Gallery, Portland, OR

2011         Selections from "100 Posterworks" in NOON Literary Annual, ed. Diane Williams, New York, NY

2010        A Classroom Reader, published by Publication Studio, Portland, OR

2010        Introduction to Template Files: Works by D.E. May, published by Publication Studio, Portland, OR

2010       A Limited Anthology of Edits, published by Special Projects Press, Portland, OR

2010       Selections from "100 Posterworks" in Urban Interventions, Gestalten Publishing, Berlin, Germany

2008       One-Way Street: An Index in Thirteen Parts, published by Special Projects Press and Ubu Web


2009-24 Adjunct Faculty, School of Art & Design, Portland State University, Portland, OR

2022-24 Adjunct Faculty, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

2022-23 Graduate Mentor, MFA in Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art, 

Portland, OR

2019-20 Instructor, Village Home Education Resource Center, Beaverton, OR

2017 Artist-in-Residence Mentor, Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

2016   Graduate Mentor, MFA in Craft, Oregon College of Art & Craft, Portland, OR

2015    Adjunct Faculty, MA in CT+CR, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

2013    Adjunct Faculty in Sculpture, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR


2010        Master of Fine Arts, Portland State University, Portland, OR
2008        Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR