Gary Day works with printmaking, computer generated imagery, animation, and game design. Born near Great Falls, Montana, he has played in rock n’ roll bands, worked in Alaskan canneries, and been a ranch hand and fought forest fires in Montana. Day is a professor emeritus from the University of Nebraska Omaha. As the former director of the UNO Print Workshop, he printed and published over 80 editions by more than 50 artists including Alice Aycock, Siah Armajani, Edgar Heap of Birds, Michelle Stuart, Roger Shimomura, Karl Wirsum, and Barbara Zucker. He earned a BA from Montana State University and an MFA from Florida State University in 1976.
An early adopter of computer graphics, Day took computer science courses at the University of Nebraska Omaha from 1982-86. He has continued to combine traditional mediums and digital media since the early 1980’s. Today his work uses 3D modeling and game design programs in combination with digital printers and hand work to produce prints, drawings, and handmade books. Day has been a visiting artist in Belgium, Israel, Spain, and the American Academy in Rome. He has received numerous grants and awards including an Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His prints and animations, nationally and internationally exhibited, are included in many public and private collections.
Day has worked with a variety of corporate and non profit groups including being a discipline consultant for Prairie Visions: Nebraska Consortium for Arts Education, an arts education initiative funded by the Getty Center for Education in the Arts, 1987-2000.
Gary Day lives and works in Naples, Florida. He is a partner in smallwalls, a studio and project space located in the Naples Art District.