In 1999 WQED recognized Ray for his work fostering
and promoting the arts and artists of the region. He was
awarded the Pittsburgh Public Television WQED VITA Award
and was highlighted
on WQED public television. In 1986 he won the Grumbacher
Bronze Medal from the Washington and Jefferson College's
Painting Competition, and in 1987 he received a Commendation
Citation from the House of Representatives, Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania for his achievements as an artist and educator.
Most Recently in 2000, he won the People's Choice Award at
the Nemacolin Woodlands Invitational Art Exhibition and a
prize for a second of his entries in that show.
A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he has
done post-graduate studies there and at Tyler School of Art
in Philadelphia, Carnegie Mellon University on Pittsburgh,
Ohio State University and the Art Student's League of New
York. He has recently retired from teaching at California University
Ray's works are part of numerous private, public and corporate
collections, including California University of PA, Washington
and Jefferson College, Mount Mercy College, Sweetwater Arts
Center, the former Bell of Pennsylvania, Westinghouse Corporation
and the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.