Mountain Lake Workshop Founder


Ray Kass is an internationally recognized artist whose work is represented by Garvey/Simon: ART ACCESS  in NYC and the Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.

His paintings have been widely exhibited and have been represented in solo exhibitions in New York City by the Allan Stone GalleryA.V.C. Contemporary Arts Gallery, ZONE: Chelsea Center for the Arts, Baumgartner Gallery, and ir77 Contemporary Art. He has received numerous grants and awards, including individual artists grants from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and  the National Endowment for the Arts. His paintings reside in many public and private collections.

Ray Kass is Professor Emeritus of Art at Virginia Tech, and founder and director of the Mountain Lake Workshop, a collaborative, community-based art project drawing on the customs, and environmental and technological resources of the New River Valley and the Appalachian region. In 2012 he had two extended residencies at MQ in Vienna, Austria.

He is the son of the American Folk Artist Jacob Kass (1910-2000).

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Mountain Lake Workshop & Symposium


All the works produced in the Mountain Lake Workshop are the result of collaborative efforts between guest artists and members of the artistic, academic, student, and local community in the Appalachian region around Mountain Lake in Giles County, southwest Virginia. The Mountain Lake Workshop is a testimony to the high level of aesthetic achievement that can be reached when people, motivated by a common interest, come together in collaborative undertaking. The spirit of collaboration that has permeated the workshop has been nurtured by the belief that a genuine art and culture can develop from any situation in which there are shared experiences. This is especially so if these experiences are rooted in place and locale-namely, the physical, historic, and psychic spaces in which people live and work. These efforts, which began in 1983, are still an on-going project series.

Works produced at the Mountain Lake Workshop are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), The Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), The Menil Collection (Houston), The Phillips Collection (Washington D.C.), The Sackler Gallery of the Freer (Washington D.C.), The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Taubman Museum of Art, and many museums in Europe.