Profile Type: Artist
Ann Tracy

Ann Tracy (°1951, Waltham MA, United States) is an artist who works in a variety of media including digital art, installation, painting, photography, video and theatre (actor, director, playwright).  She is a native New Englander who grew up in the Maine towns of Fryeburg and Cape Neddick before her family moved south to Massachusetts and then west to Colorado in 1969.  After decades of living in Colorado, Wisconsin and California, Tracy is now calling Falmouth, Maine home with her husband, two dogs and cat.  She is a member of the Professional Women Photographers, Digital Arts Guild, Webists International Artists and Union of Maine Visual Artists. After having a studio at Running with Scissors Art Collective for three years, Ann's studio is now locatedat Open Concepts studios and is open by appointment.

"I'm a big fan of ambiguity and chance in making art, since my salad days as a modern dancer (early 1970s) and happening upon Merce Cunnigham's theory of Chance Dance and the work of the Dadaists.  I also use conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from my other life practices of performance, theater, dance, and journalism.  In calling myself a digital alchemist, I'm trying to reference both a classical past and a forward reaching future in which images with one meaning are combined with others to create new and poetic meanings.  It's as if I'm being called home to a dream world in which fiction and reality meet, meanings shift, past and present fuse.  Sometimes I like the photograph the way it is, then the manipulations are more focused on heightening the impact via color, design and emotional context.  But other images call out to be a basis for combining unrelated aspects which many times lead to surprising analogies."

Her  fine art has been exhibited from Japan to Maui to New York City to Spain and Budapest, Hungary. In 2017, she was a visiting artist in digital photography at University of Maine - Orono.  She is a 2014, 2015 & 2016 finalist in the Julia Margaret Cameron competition and was invited to exhibit at the 3rd Photographic Biennale in Malaga, Spain (2014) and the 4th Photographic Biennale in Berlin (2016).   In 2003 her work, “Stop” was included in the catalog of the “Violence Against Women” exhibition, Group 78 Amnesty International, Tokyo, Japan.  Her digital paintings “The Power of Romania Lies in its Artists” and “Message 3” were juried into the 2010 and 2008 editions of “American Art Collector”.  She has presented a creativity workshop to feature writers at the Sacramento Bee, a daily newspaper in 2008. Tracy has also worked as an art expert for KVIE CH 6 (PBS Sacramento) for the 2010 Art Auction and was featured in Sacramento Magazine in November 2010 (

As an actor, she has appeared on stages in Northern California; Edinburgh, Scotland; Milwaukee, WI and in the movie George B. which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (96), as well as the independent features Capital Women (PCS Festival 07), Anna’s Cross (Sacramento Film Festival 09) and Bitter/Sweet (Sacramento International Film Festival 2012).  Ann can be seen in Sui Generis, a short by Jenny Anastasoff, for the Damnationland Film Festival in Portland Maine (2014).

Ann was invited to be a judge for Teatrul Bacovia’s 2009 One-Person Show Competition (Gala Star) in Bacau, Romania.  She served as a reader for the NEA New Play Development Program for 2010 and was accepted into the Lincoln Center Directors Lab West (2003).  Ann has done many workshops including those with  New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre (2000); Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers’ Viewpoints Intensive with Mary Overlie (1999); Ping Chong (1996) and Oregon Shakespeare Festival Directing Workshop, Ashland, OR, (1993 Post-Graduate credit).  Ann has a BA in Theatre/Communications from Western Illinois University (1991).  In the visual arts world, she has studied photography with Elizabeth Opalenik (2010, 2011, 2012); Digital Drawing, Marcelle Wiggins, , Sacramento (2007); Digital Video Art, Paula Levine, San Francisco (1998); Mixed Media, Kate Huston, San Francisco School of Art (1998).

Additional Links: 
Various videos, some of which have been accepted into film competitions
Most of my digital alchemy and straight photography lives here
Updating the Etsy site to showcase work presently in the studio - mostly paintings

I Have Worked With

  • November 2017

    I joined UMVA in 2017 and began going to the Gallery meetings on a monthly basis and first curated a members show for the group in November of 2018.  Since then, I have curated the “Imposition & Yielding: Travail en Cire” show ( “Imposition & Yielding: Travail en Cire” )  and was co-curating another show called "Love/Rage: The Goddess in All Her Guises" for May 2020, until it was postponed until May 2021. 

    I have also had work published in UMVA's #MaineArtsJournal

  • April 2013 to September 2017

    This is where I had my studio for three years.  I now have a studio at Open Concept Gallery and Studios in the same Bayside neighborhood of Portland Maine.

  • August 2016

    My work has been juried into several shows.

  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Digital Alchemist™ - Photographer, visual artist, theatre director, maker of artist videos
Physical Address: 
50 Cove St. BACK
Portland, ME 04101
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Photography
Additional Disciplines: 
Media - Digital
Media - Video
Theater - General
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Playwriting
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Photography
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Populations Served: 
General Public
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Art Sales
Artist Market
Audio or Video Recording
Broadcast Production
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region