Artist Dixie Friend Gay
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Dixie Friend Gay is a visual artist who works in a variety of media, but is widely recognized for her mosaic murals. Gay became interested in mosaics during graduate school while travelling in Europe.

Friend Gay acquired an appreciation for the longevity of the materials used in mosaics after viewing ancient ruins. She frequently incorporates native flora and fauna into her images. She starts with a painting, and then creates the mural with ceramic and glass tiles, often using organic shapes and natural colors. Though her mosaics represent a specific image as a whole, they take on an abstract quality when viewed at close distance.

Friend Gay earned a B.A. in Art Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State and her M.A. from New York University. She was selected as the Texas Commission for the Arts Texas Artist of the Year in 2003. Her work is in the museum collections of the Huntington Museum of Art, W.Va., the M.F.A. Houston and AMSET in Beaumont. Her public commissions include murals at the Texas A&M University Galveston; Dallas Love Field; Bush Intercontinental Airport Terminal B, Houston; Dane B. Fascell Port of Miami Dade; Indianapolis International Airport; The Woodlands Plaza, The Woodlands, Texas; and Mueller Park, Austin.