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Drawing holds a central place in my work. I have spoken of its role and uses both as its own and as a key part of my paintings and sculptures but most surely in my creative process. I have explored and investigated through drawing a language of marks that communicates different narratives which creates feelings, memories of environments and elements of things that we encounter in everyday life.

As the viewer experiences the work they begin to explore feelings and memories that may intertwine with my own or may not. This creates a kaleidoscope of stories allowing the work to grow with the viewer through the lens of the experience of life.

My images represent a period of time - a glimpse into the ongoing evolution of a body of work. Perhaps you will see a story here that resonates with your own.

dennis campay, 2013

A resident of Atlanta since 1972 and graduate of the Atlanta College of Art in 1992, Dennis and his wife Colette now divide their time between Atlanta and the historic neighborhood of San Marco in Jacksonville, FL

1950 Portsmouth, Virginia

Atlanta College of Art / Bachelor of Fine Arts 1992

Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville FL
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans
Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah GA. [video]

2013 “In Tandem” Muscarelle Museum of Art /College of William and Mary / Williamsburg, VA
2013 “The City Abstracted” Group Show Hubert Gallery / New York City, NY
2013 “Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists” Exhibition / The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia / Atlanta
2012 “Lost Parts Found” Paintings and Sculpture, Gallery Exhibit and Lecture Pryor Fine Art / Atlanta
2012 “Orly Tragedy Through the Eyes of Artists” Millennium Gate Museum / Atlanta
2011 “Gallery Exhibit” and Lecture Brenau University / Gainesville, GA
2010  Pryor Fine Art / Atlanta, GA
2010  Shain Gallery / Charlotte, NC
2009 “Transitions” The Brunner Gallery / Shaw Center for the Arts/ Baton Rouge, LA
2009 “Images” Lecture & Book Signing Quinlan Visual Arts Center / Gainesville. GA
2008 “Salon du Musee”  Denver Art Museum / Denver
2008 “New Paintings”  Anne Loucks Gallery / Chicago
2007 “Works on Paper”  Mason Murer Fine Art / Atlanta
2007  Group Exhibition, Brunner Gallery / New Orleans
2006 “Salon d' Arts” Colorado History Museum / Denver
2006  Mason Murer "Projects" Group Show / Atlanta
2005 “Summer Salon” Anne Loucks Gallery / Chicago
2005 "New Works" Mason Murer Fine Art / Atlanta
2005  Quinlan Visual Arts Center / Gainesville, GA
2004 "Emblems"  Mason Murer Fine Art - Grand Opening / Atlanta
2003 "Emblems"  Spiller-Vincenty Gallery / Jacksonville, FL
2003   Quinlan Visual Arts Center / Gainesville, GA
2002  "Campay 2002"  Lagerquist Gallery / Atlanta
2001   Biennale Internazionale Dell' Arte Contemporanea / Florence, Italy
2001  "A Ten Year Retrospective" / Ponte Vedra Cultural Center, Ponte Vedra, FL
2000  "A Painters View"  Lagerquist Gallery / Atlanta
1999   Biennale Internazionale Dell' Arte Contemporanea / Florence, Italy
1999   Solo Exhibition -  JSL Fine Art / San Francisco
1998   Quinlan Visual Arts Center / Gainesville, GA
1997  "Peregrination"  Lagerquist Gallery / Atlanta, GA
1994   Montgomery Museum of Art / Montgomery, Alabama
1993   Crawford Long Benefit for Woman's Cancer Wing / Atlanta
1992 - 1997 Spotlight on Southeastern Artists / Atlanta
1991    Solo Exhibition -  Atlanta College of Art / Atlanta
1990 - 1992   Artcare / Atlanta
1990   Group Exhibition -  Lagerquist Gallery / Atlanta
1990   Solo Exhibition -  Atlanta College of Art / Atlanta

2011 Visiting Artist,  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts / Philadelphia, PA
2010  Featured Artist, High Arts Day, High Museum of Art / Atlanta, GA
2008  A Founding Member of the Advisory Board for the School of Art and Art History at the University of  Florida
2006  National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant recipient in conjunction with the Quinlan Visual Art Center / Gainesville, Georgia
2001  Lorenzo il Magnifico Award for works on paper / Biennale Internazionale Dell' Arte Contemporanea / Florence, Italy
1998  Open Studios Competition for Southern Painters / New American Paintings, juried             exhibitions in print.
1991  Atlanta College of Art / Ben Shute Award for Figurative Art
1989 - 1991  Atlanta College of Art / The Presidential Scholarship


This fund, honoring Dennis and Colette Campay, provides scholarships to art students in art and art history in the College of Fine Arts. Dennis and Colette established this scholarship fund because of their commitment to the arts and belief that continuing support of the arts is essential to the complete development of our existence

The Atlanta College of Art

The Art of Making Marks / Dennis Campay – text by Jerry Cullum 2011
Highlands – Cashiers Chamber Music Festival cover and feature 2011
Images – Dennis Campay / Collection of works by the artist.
Softcover / May 2009
Atlanta Style and Design / feature Winter 2008
Inside Northside, cover & feature by Stacey Pareti Rase / November 2007
Atlanta Style and Design feature by Janice McDonald/ Summer 2005
Atlanta Journal Constitution, Access Atlanta, feature by Jerry Cullum / July 2004
Steinway and Sons,  A150th Anniversary Commemorative Issue, feature by Tara Wilfong / May 2003
CAMPAY, New Paintings by John T. Spike / Collection of works by the artist, hardcover/ July 2002
Art and Antiques / CAMPAY, New Paintings  book review / December 2002
Ponte Vedra Lifestyles, September / October 2001
Art and Antiques, feature by Elizabeth Elkins / February 2000
Symbol of Southern Lifestyles / February 1999
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, feature February/ March 1996

Permanent Collection Brenau University / Gainesville GA
Imagery Estate Winery, Imagery Art Collection / Sonoma, CA
University Galleries, University of Florida / Gainesville, FL
Brenau University, John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts / Gainesville, GA
1996 Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games / Atlanta, GA
Florida State University / Tallahassee , FL
State of Florida Capitol Building / Tallahassee, FL
Quinlan Visual Arts Center / Gainesville, GA
Delta Airlines Corporate Collection / Atlanta
U. S. Airways, Charlotte International Airport / Charlotte, NC
King and Spalding, LLP / Atlanta
Savannah College of Art and Design / Savannah, GA