Ray Cronin is a Nova Scotia based writer, curator, and editor, living in Mi’kma’ki and the district of Sipekne’katik, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people.
He is the author of fourteen books on Canadian art, including: Alan Syliboy: Culture is Our Medicine, (Gaspereau Press), Alex Colville: Life & Work (Arts Canada Institute); Our Maud: The Life, Art and Legacy of Maud Lewis (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia); Gerald Ferguson: Thinking of Painting (Gaspereau Press); John Greer: Hard Thought (Gaspereau Press); Mary Pratt: Life & Work (Arts Canada Institute) and Colleen Wolstenholme: Complications (Gaspereau Press).
He is the author of numerous catalogue essays for Canadian art galleries, as well as articles for Canadian and American art magazines. In 2001 he received the Christina Sabat Award for Critical Review in the Arts. He was the Visual Arts Columnist for the Daily Gleaner (Fredericton) and Here (Saint John) and is the Editor-in-Chief of Billie: Visual Art Atlantic.
From 2001-2015 he worked at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as Curator (2001-2007) and as Director and CEO (2007-2015). He is the founding curator of the Sobey Art Award.
He is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and the University of Windsor (Master of Fine Arts).