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Michael Ragsdale Wright, American Artist, educator. Recipient Cultural Affairs grant The City of Los Angeles, 1990, Otis Parsonsaward Otis The Art Institute of Chicago Parsons School Design, 1990. Member College Art Association American, California Art Education Association, Los Angeles Mural Conservancy.


Wright, Michael Ragsdale was born on January 26, 1944 in La Grande, Oregon, United States. Son of Thomas Wright and Chris (Rieden) Wu.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, University Washington, 1970. Bachelor in European History, University Washington, 1970.


Instructor, Shoreline College, Seattle, 1969-1970; instructor, Cabrillo College Cmty. Education, Santa Cruz, California, 1974-1980; instructor, University of California Extension, Santa Cruz, 1978-1981; instructor, University of California Kresge College, Santa Cruz, 1979; instructor, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California, 1980-1981; instructor, De Anza College College, Cupertino, California, 1980-1982; instructor, Santa Cruz County Cultural Council, Santa Cruz, 1980-1990; instructor, West Valley College, Saratoga, California, 1978-1984; instructor, Rancho Santago College, Santa Ana, California, 1985-1989; instructor, Otis College Art and Design, Los Angeles, 1986-1995; instructor, Performing Tree, Los Angeles, 1986-1995; instructor, California State University, Los Angeles, 1988-1994; instructor, Los Angeles H.S. For the Arts, 1989-1995; instructor, Crossroads School For the Arts and Sciences, Santa Monica, 1989-1995; instructor, Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, California, 1994-1995; instructor, Los Angeles CountyMus. Art, Los Angeles board directors, Downtown Artists Development Association, Los Angeles, since 1995.

Member resource committee Cultural Action Plan for Santa Cruz County, 1979. Director, curator The Gallery Santa Cruz Public Library, 1978-1979. Arts commissioner first district Santa Cruz County, 1978-1982.

Spokesperson Artists Coalition Convention Center Expansion Project, 1987-1988. Arts specialist Santa Cruz County Cultural Council, 1980-1990. Member board directors Artists Equity of Los Angeles, 1989-1990.

Member of advisory county Los Angeles H.S. for the Arts, 1991-1995. Arts educator Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1988-1995. Gallery director Sam Francis Gallery Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, Santa Monica, 1989-1995.

Guest artist, visiting artist numerous organizations.



Member College Art Association American, California Art Education Association, Los Angeles Mural Conservancy.


Married Jo-Ann Morgan, August 14, 1993. 1 child, Marcy Jean.

Thomas Wright Wu

Chris (Rieden) Wu

Jo-Ann Morgan

Marcy Jean Wright