Ray Sokolowski is a painter and a sculptor whose work has been on extended display at The Heinz History Center Sports Museum in Pittsburgh, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio and is a part of the permanent collection at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and St. Bonaventure University. His work is in numerous private collections including Art Rooney, Jr. He was also commissioned to create four large paintings by Hollywood producer Jimmy Miller depicting scenes from Jimmy’s childhood growing up in Castle Shannon, Pittsburgh, PA.
Ray’s most noted artistic achievement is a detailed 3-dimensional, cast sculpture of the vintage 23 member football team, “The 1923 Hope Harvey Football Club” which was the first team managed & owned by the legendary Art Rooney. The sculpture is now a part of the Hardy Family Art Collection at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. This sculpture which measures 8 ft. long was a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers 75th Anniversary Exhibit at the Pro Football Hall of Fame and subsequently the Heinz History Center to celebrate The Pittsburgh Steelers 75th Anniversary.
Ray is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He worked for 24 years at The Carnegie Museum of Art as Installation Specialist where he contributed to the presentation of fine art.
Ray is a dedicated full time artist and a business partner with his illustrator wife, Kathy Rooney. Together they formed Rooney and Ray Arts, Inc. in 2000 to satisfy the art needs of corporations looking for inspirational, visual branding.