H. Gay Allen

Majored in art, University of Kentucky; Masters in Health Sciences, Tulane University; Theology Completion from the University of the South, School of Theology. Eleven years' study in ceramics with Vickie Paulet, Julie Keepers and Carol Bruel at Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta and Christopher Wutke at Chastain Art Center; water media and collage studies with Gerald Brommer, Skip Lawrence, Karey Brown, Mary Anne Beckwith and Cheri Baird. Fused Glass Studies with Kelly Thames, Jenifer Frangi, Carol Webb and Jude Schlotzhauer, who teaches at Penland; 70 additional classes of various kinds at Spruill Center for the Arts.

In 1988, Gay Allen was given a battery of tests as a part of extensive career counseling and was found to have a creative aptitude that measured as high as the scales would go and her creativity was deemed to be "off the charts." She has used this creativity to create and sell over 200 pieces of pottery; write hundreds of pieces of poetry, many published; create murals and paintings for sale; and has worked as a professional photographer with photographs in the annual reports of 5 national and over 30 regional corporations. She was a staff photographer for: Louisville Magazine; University of Louisville Health Sciences Center; HUMANA; Tulane University Medical Center; Louisville Chamber of Commerce; Kentucky Dance Council, Inc.; Pan American Life Insurance Company and New Orleans Yacht Club; and was a "stringer" for USA Today Newspaper.

In 2013, she was selected to present her photography and give a talk to the Art Partners of the High Museum of Art, in Atlanta, GA. She founded and is currently serving as Chairman of the Photography Salon, Atlanta Artists Center, where she conducts "Gentle Critiques"; gives and plans classes and photo-shoots; and mentors fellow photographers, many of whom have gone on to become award winning photographers.


Chic Gallery in Alpharetta and formerly at Phipps Plaza, Atlanta, GA (current); 2Rules Art Gallery, Marietta, GA (current); Ann Jacobs, Phipps Plaza, Atlanta, GA; The National Arts Show Gallery, Dallas, TX; Cade; Fine Arts Center Gallery, Washington D.C; Center for Fine Art Photography, Denver, CO; Museum of Computer Art (physical) Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Glenn Art Gallery, St. Simon's Island, GA; Artists Atelier, Atlanta; Atlanta Photography Group Gallery; Atlanta Artists Center Gallery; Abernathy Arts Center, Sandy Springs, GA; Dunwoody Fine Arts Pop-up Gallery, GA; Seen Gallery, Decatur, GA; Out of the Woods, Baker Street, Atlanta, GA; Sidewalk Gallery, Virginia Highlands, Atlanta, GA; Ten Years, Spruill Art Center Shows, Dunwoody, GA; Quinlan Center Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA.


DELTA MUD chosen for "Inspired Georgia" project of poetry & photography from Georgia Council for the Arts, 2015.

Won seven First Place Awards; three Second Place Awards; four Third Place Awards; and thirteen Honorable Mentions from a wide variety of judges, including Amy Miller, Executive Director of Atlanta Celebrates Photography; Katheryn Kolb former Executive Director of Serenbe Photography Center; Mark Karelson, Mason Murer Gallery; Laurie Kratochvil, former photographer for Rolling Stone and Alan Avery, Alan Avery Art Co.; and Tony Casadonte, Gallery Director, Lumiere Gallery.

LIGHT CORRAL #1 AND LIGHT CORRAL #2 -- winning displays at Atlanta Photography Group's Central Atrium Show, at Hartsfield International Airport, 2014

Chosen for the 2010 Worldwide MOCANET- a listing of digital artists who, through their presence on the internet, meet the worldwide standards of The Museum of Computer Art for artistry, innovation in the use of digital technology and their individual web presence.

DILLARDSUN, Award of Excellence (top 5% of thousands,) Photographer's Forum Magazine International Best of Photography, 2007


Seventy-four pieces juried into Atlanta Artists Center Art Shows, since 2006 (as of October, 2015) Thirty-six pieces juried into other local or regional art shows, since 2006 by a wide variety of judges including Kay Bragg, co-owner of Lagerquist Gallery; Alan Avery, owner, Alan Avery Art Company Gallery; Lucinda Bunnen, philanthropist; Mark Karelson, owner, Mason Muir Gallery; and Fay Gold, owner of Fay Gold Gallery.

Three pieces chosen for The online Donnie Awards Shows, Museum of Computer Art Gallery, New York, 2013, 2014, 2015.

TONSUN5, chosen as one of only 50, out of 1300, by George DeWolfe, Senior Editor for Camera Arts Magazine, The International Art of Digital Imagery, Center for Fine Art Photography, Denver, 2007.

DESERTFIRE chosen for FIAT LUX, national show, Cade Fine Arts Center Gallery, Washington D.C., juried by Stephen Bennett Phillips, who was curator for the Sean Scully show, at the Metropolitan Museum, New York, 2006.

ONDENAGA chosen by American Juried Art Salon, and shown on the National Assoc. for Gallery Owners website

Eight solo shows, ranging from 5 large pieces, to 60 various-sized pieces.


Various presentations on digital art to Atlanta Artists Center; Dunwoody Women's Club; Dunwoody Fine Arts Association; Kudzu Art Zone, Norcross; the Rome (GA) Art Coterie; two SPS Learnshops; Art League of Hilton Head; and The Southeastern Photography Society where she was introduced to over 100 attendees as "a driving force behind the emerging digital/computer art scene." Co-taught a two-day photography class to teenagers at Murphy Harpst Children's Home, Cedartown, GA.


Founded and chairs the Photography Salon at the Atlanta Artists Center.

Juried into the Atlanta Maker Faire, Georgia Tech, celebrating those who innovate and create, 2011

Elected to Advisory Board, Museum of Computer Art, 2010; various original articles published.

Administrator/Judge for Fine Art America web site for four years.

Photo feature, Journeys International Newsletter, 2006, Vol.14, No.2.

American Mensa Magazine, two color covers, June, 1992; June, 1994.

H. Gay Allen's website

H. Gay Allen's AutoGallery exhibit