Artwork by Ann Tracy

Artist in Focus

I spent my childhood on the farm my Irish ancestors homesteaded in the Minnesota River Valley. It was this experience that started my early visual and emotional relationship to land and water. I’ll always remember the way the farmhouse and the lands looked in all seasons. On Sundays, my grandpa would take all six of us kids out to nearby creeks and rivers. It was a magical time of us all being together although I was often in my own little world exploring, observing, learning about nature.

I don’t remember ever making a decision to be an artist, but I knew I would have a life of travel, culture, and books. My mother was a teacher and she encouraged my siblings and me to venture into Minneapolis to experience art museums and cultural events. I especially loved the contemporary art exhibits at Walker Art Center.

Later, my passion for artmaking intensified as did my creative and critical thinking skills. My chosen path as an artist has brought me many gifts—meaning, purpose, enjoyment of peaceful surroundings as well as the ability to overcome life’s challenges.

Now I live mostly in Tucson spending summers in Duluth next to Lake Superior, and whenever possible, I travel to my spiritual home on the west coast of Ireland. Whatever my location, I often harvest water from rain or bodies of water and use it to paint with watercolor or acrylic. This small ritual binds me and my work to nature and a sense of place. 

Ann in Focus



MFA studies, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

California College of the Arts, AICAD exchange program, Oakland, CA



“Confluence: H2O + Man” - Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle, AZ (2019)           

“Ann Tracy: Humanity Articulated” - Heritage Square Gallery, Phoenix, AZ (2011)

“Artwork of Ann Tracy” - Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Tucson, AZ (2011)

“Ann Tracy” - Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, AZ (2005)



Triangle L Ranch Adobe Barn Gallery, Lost and Found (2020)

Tucson International Airport Upper Link Gallery, The Ripple Effect, Tucson, AZ (2019)

Squirrel Haus Arts, MCAD Alumni Exhibit, Minneapolis, MN (2018)

modified/arts, Flat Rate, Phoenix, AZ (2018)

Temple Gallery, Dinnerware Artists Today: The Second Decade, Tucson, AZ (2017)

Tohono Chul Park Gallery, Shaped by Hand: Works on and of Paper, Tucson, AZ (2017)

Herberger Theater, Give Color to Your Life, Phoenix, AZ (2016)

Carnegie Arts Centre, Juried Exhibit, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland (2015)

Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, The Traveling Eye, Oracle, AZ (2014)

University of Arizona Museum of Art, Sol LeWitt Days, Tucson, AZ (2012)

Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona Biennial, Tucson, AZ (2011)



Artists’ Charitable Foundation, Grant, Loveland, CO (2019)

Arizona Commission the Arts, Professional Development Grant, Phoenix, AZ (2018)

Bryon Bradley Foundation, Grand Marais Art Colony (2017 & 2018)

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Grant, NY, NY (2015)

Artists’ Fellowship, Inc., Grant, NY, NY (2014)

Anam Cara Center for Writers & Artists, Residency, Eyeries, Co. Cork, Ireland (2013)

Rancho Linda Vista, Residency, Oracle, AZ (2012)



Surdut, Beth, "Ann Tracy: Her Ideas about Water." Desert Leaf, May 2018.

"Check out Ann Tracy’s Artwork." VoyagePhoenix Magazine, September 2018.

Allen, Kathleen, "Dinnerware Artists on View at Temple Gallery." Arizona Daily Star, March 2017.        

"Temple Gallery: Dinnerware Artists Today." Zócalo Magazine, March 2, 2017.           

Robbins, Judy, "Traces: Triangle L Ranch." Sonoran Arts Network, February 23, 2017.          

Regan, Margaret, "Swarm of Culture." Tucson Weekly, October 1, 2015.


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