About me...

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I am an artist, graphic designer, and sometimes writer, living in New York's beautiful and historic Hudson Valley. In 2018, I founded Cornwall Arts Collective, a community organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts in Cornwall, New York. And in March of 2021, I founded Highlands Arts Alliance to promote the arts in the Town of Highlands, New York.

 

Though predominantly self-taught, I've studied art and graphic design in high school, mass media production at Rockland Community College and graphic design with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division.

Drawing is my favorite form of expression, but I also work in collage, love to paint and craft, as well as experiment with digital photography and illustration. My artwork has been described as "mystical" and doesn't shy away from metaphysical, occult, and paranormal themes. Inspired by the symbolic art of alchemy and tarot, 1960's psychedelia and pop art , Surrealism and Art Deco, even comic books have had a major impact on my artistic evolution.

Curriculum Vitae 

Education

2008 - 2009

1999 - 2001

1997 - 1999

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division, Pittsburgh, PA

AS, Mass Media Communications, Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY

Certificate, Graphic Design, Orange-Ulster BOCES Vo-Tech, Goshen, NY

Professional Experience

2017 - present

2005 - present

2003 - 2005

Sole Proprietor, Jay LeRoy Art & Design, Cornwall, NY

Senior Graphic Designer, News of the Highlands, Inc., Cornwall, NY

Junior Graphic Designer, News of the Highlands, Inc., Cornwall, NY

Awards

2020

1st place - Best Small Space Advertisement, Division 1

New York Press Association Better Newspaper Awards

Exhibitions / Events

Group Exhibitions

2022

Fall Art Fair (organizer), American Legion Hall, Highland Falls, NY

Bridge Street Park Pop-Up Art Show (organizer)Cornwall, NY

More Than Words arts exhibition (organizer)Highland Falls Library, Highland Falls, NY

Summer Arts Showcase (organizer)Highlands Arts Alliance Virtual Group Show

Spring Art Fling (organizer), American Legion Hall, Highland Falls, NY

Cornwall Arts Collective Members Group Show2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

Winter Arts Showcase (organizer)Highlands Arts Alliance Virtual Group Show

2021

American Legion Auxiliary #633 Holiday Artisan Market (organizer), American Legion Hall, Highland Falls, NY

Cornwall Arts Collective Pop-Up Sale, Farmhouse Market, Cornwall, NY

American Legion Auxiliary #633 Art Fair (organizer), American Legion Hall, Highland Falls, NY

Elements in Art, Cornwall Arts Collective Group Show, Blooming Grove Antiques, New Windsor, NY

Renewal, Cornwall Arts Collective Virtual Group Show

2020

Together For Art, Orange County Arts Council Online Auction

Cornwall Arts Collective Virtual Summer Group Show

Cornwall Arts Collective Members Group Show (organizer), 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

2019

Cornwall Arts Collective Members Group Show (organizer), 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Newburgh, NY

Orange County Arts Council Annual Members Exhibit, Thornwillow Institute, Newburgh, NY

Nature (organizer), Cornwall Arts Collective Members Group Show, Cornwall Public Library, Cornwall, NY

2018

Shop Hop Artists Alley (organizer), The Shops at 277 Main, Cornwall, NY

Sidewalk Showcase (organizer), The Shops at 277 Main, Cornwall, NY

Solo Exhibitions

2018

111, 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

Exhibitions Juried

2022

Scholastic Art Awards, Sullivan County BOCES, Liberty, NY

Activities / Instruction

2022

Set The Scene children's arts activity (organizer)Highland Falls Library, Highland Falls, NY

Intro to Art Journaling children's arts activity (organizer)Highland Falls Library, Highland Falls, NY

Bibliography

Barry Plaxen and Sophia Krcic, "Meet Jay LeRoy", Delaware & Hudson CANVAS, February 2022

Jason Kaplan, "Library hosts Arts Collective show", The Cornwall Local, May 3, 2019

Jason Kaplan, "Shoppers buy into supporting local business", The Cornwall Local, November 30, 2018

Jason Kaplan, "Art Collective continues to grow", The Cornwall Local, October 19, 2018

Ken Cashman, "Newspaper's artist has two outside careers", The Cornwall Local, September 21, 2018

Ken Cashman, "Town will be brimming with art on Sunday", The Cornwall Local, August 3, 2018

Ken Cashman, "Sidewalk Showcase debuts next week in Cornwall", The Cornwall Local, June 27, 2018

Select Publications as Author

"Close encounters of the Cornwall kind?", The Cornwall Local, August 27, 2021

"Main Street becomes an outdoor art gallery", The News of the Highlands, April 30, 2021

"The Pandemic versus the Performing Arts", The Cornwall Local, Jay LeRoy and Jason Kaplan, March 26, 2021

"Artists prove to be resilient in tough times", The Cornwall Local, February 26, 2021

Select Commissions

2022

2021

2019

Branding & Graphic Design, The Center of Highland Falls, Inc., Town of Highlands, NY

12-page advertising booklet, Highlands Chamber of Commerce, Town of Highlands, NY

Map illustration and design for fold-out and large scale signage,

Highlands Chamber of Commerce, Town of Highlands, NY

Arts Organizations

Highlands Arts Alliance, founding member and current chairperson, Town of Highlands, NY

Cornwall Arts Collective, founding member and former chairperson, Town of Cornwall, NY

Orange County Arts Council, member artist, Orange County, NY