Joe Ray might not be a familiar name, but he played a vital role in
the late 60s Los Angeles art scene, both part of the light and space
movement as well as the Leimert Park community which revolved around
David Hammons. He received the young talent award from LACMA in 1970 and was one of 15 members of the original MOCA Artists Advisory Council from 1978 to 1980 where he, alongside other members including Vija Celmins, DeWain Valentine, Peter Alexander, Robert Irwin, and Alexis Smith, made recommendations on all issues dealing with the building of the new museum. His most recent show was in Leimert Park last January at The Leimert Park Project.