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artist , educator

Bob Ragland, American artist, educator. Inducted in Colorado 100, Denver Post, Colorado History Society, 1993; recipient Excellence in Arts award Denver Black Arts Festival, 1993, Recognition award KCNC-television and Denver Center Performing Arts, 1986. Chairman Arts and Humanities Committee, 1968-1969. Member Colorado Black Umbrella.


Ragland, Bob was born on December 11, 1938 in Cleveland. Son of Carey and Violet (English) Ragland.


Certified Completion, Rocky Mount School Art, Denver, 1968.


Instructor painting and drawing Denver Public Library., 1969-1971, Eastside Action Center, Denver, 1969-1971. Artist-in-residence Model Cities Cultural Arts Center Workshop, 1971-1973. Artist/teacher KRMA-television.

Lecturer in field; visiting artist Denver Public School for the Arts, 1993-1996, Urban Peak Homeless Center, Denver, 1996. Founding faculty member Auraria campus Community College Denver, 1970-1972. Lecturer Afro-American art of the 60's and 70's.

Visual arts coordinator City Spirit Project, Denver, 1978. Instructor Gove Community School, 1979-1995, Metropolitan State College, Denver, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, Colorado. Artist-in-residence Fred N. Thomas Career Education Center, Denver Public Schools, since 1997, Denver Athletic Club, summer 2000.

Visiting artist Summer Scholars Program, Denver, 1998. Founder Non-Starving Artist's Project, Denver, 1996, City Park Art Festival, Denver, 2003, Summer Scholars, 2002, Art Students League, 2003. Art career coach since 1980.

Advisor Foothills Art Center, 1998. Art career coach, since 1980.


  • Other Work

    • Exhibited in 16th Annual Drawing Exhibition, Dallas Museum Fine Art Traveling Exhibition, 1967, Tubman Gallery, Boston, 1981. One man shows at Cleveland State University, 1968, Denver National Bank, 1980-1981, Century Bank Cherry Creek, Denver, 1980-1981. Works in permanet collections at Denver Public Library.

      , Karamu House, Cleveland, Irving St. Center Cultural Arts Program, Denver, City Park Art Fest, North America Sculpture Exhibition, Kirkland Museum, Denver, 2005-2008, group exhibitions include Colorado History Museum, 1993, 94, 95, Savageau Art Gallery, 1995-1996, Metropolitan State College Visual Arts Center, 1993, The Triumph of the Human Spirit Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado, 1997, 1st Plymouth Congressional Church, 2000, North America Sculpture Exhibition, Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado, 2006. Author: The Artists Survival Handbook or What to do till You're Rich and Famous, 1980. Public: Colorado Gallery Guide, since 1978.

      Contributor Black Umbrella/Black Artists Denver. Appeared in publications including Southwest Colorado Arts Perspective, 2006. Profiled in Five Magazine, 2006.

      Contributor articles to professional journals.


Chairman Arts and Humanities Committee, 1968-1969. Member Colorado Black Umbrella.


Carey Ragland

Violet (English) Ragland