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Tracy Black - Biography
Tracy Black, a twin born in Sacramento, CA, was lucky to be raised throughout different places in the world. Most memorably in West Berlin for 3 years, she lived as an Air Force brat in an active military family, lucky to see and absorb the sights and sounds of various foreign places around her. These impressions would elegantly and fiercely imprint Tracy with an exotic understanding of culture, the importance of community and an adventurous curiosity.
Tracy attended Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, which shares a colorful history with renowned Keith Haring and Andre Reed. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1999 and concentrating in Theatre with minors in Fine Art and Creative Writing. Tracy became a pioneer for her University, after enduring, yet overcoming, years of medical setbacks, as the first person out of 1500 applicants to win the WDWCP internship for Disney's Animal Kingdom opening at Walt Disney World in 1998.
Early 2007, Tracy moved to San Diego County after success working for March of Dimes in Pennsylvania as a Community Director in special events, Project Management for the Lenape Nation Indian Monument, Larry Holmes Honorary Sculpture and youngest board member for the Bethlehem, Lehigh Art Alliance. Becoming involved in numerous marketing, advertising, fundraising, event planning, creative and volunteering pursuits, Tracy would create her own company in 2011, MSTBLACK, now able to utilize all of her multi-faceted skills which would facilitate her love for the arts, community and philanthropic endeavors. After proudly volunteering with a myriad of Oceanside Museum of Art openings and events, Tracy was asked to join the Art After Dark Committee in 2008 when it was first created and joined the OMA team in 2011 as the Art After Dark Coordinator and continued to be a part of its exponential growth until in 2014 she was invited to help develop a high tech traveling exhibit by one of Hollywood’s leading concept & creature designers, Neville Page. Today Tracy is busy working on an assembly of projects including, her own /\ R T, special events, fundraising, production, set design & stage management with RexRode Productions at the famous Belly Up and Music Box theaters in 2015, guest curator for Unlocking Wonderland, a tribute to Alice in Wonderland, and THE ENTERTAINING ART OF NEVILLE PAGE presented from May 21st - August 14th 2016 at the beautiful California Center for the Arts in Escondido in association with helping GMRF, the Global Medical Relief Fund. CREATERIOR SPACES would open up avenues to interior and exterior design, while becoming more involved in 3D printing, laser cutting, LEDs and electronics with San Diego Maker's Guild. Fused with fearlessness mixed with a devoted work ethic, sharp intuition, grace, humor, joy, and most importantly, a deep empathy, Tracy is designing a more beautiful world to live and believe in.
Tracy, as an active ARTIST, has exhibited widely, and while just recently having finished showing in the popular Conjoined show at Bergamot Station, LA, she looks forward to Santa Monica’s forthcoming BLAB SHOW this September 2019. She has her work in national and international collections while truly embracing the vibrant Southern California art scene, attributing most of her knowledge to her dear mentor and artist, Ben Marcune. Tracy also picked up experience working for over a year with world renowned sculptor, Steve Tobin, and aside one of Patrick Dougherty's stick work sculptures. Studying Roman & Greek mythology has lent a hand in the allegorical appeal of many of her pieces.. Influence for this artist is her mortality and the mythos helps in understanding the beautiful follies of life. Life is fleeting and art is a device threaded with immortality, spurning innovation. The medium of the mind is an unending resource and there is inherent value in experimenting with different methods of creation. Tracy feels an artist should push the envelope and that is why mixed media and technology motivate her the most. Not fearing what mistakes or criticism her endeavors will bring, she has explored realms only open to the courageous. Applying yourself to exercise the great and heavy gifts of your imagination will daringly define your true state of being... She thrives on a healthy diet of gauntlets, soulful compassion and trying to articulate her authentic ingenuity!