Andrée Tracey was born in La Jolla, California, a fact that surprised her parents, since they thought no one was ever born in California, everyone always moved to California. Her family moved to Iowa, however, and she grew up on her father's miniature golf course, on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. After many holes-in-one, blizzards, tornadoes and a BFA from the University of Iowa, she hastened back to sunny Southern California and a career in the arts.
Here she found inspiration in the tropical light, the "anything can happen here" mentality, the thrift shops and the fantasy of Hollywood's cinematic culture. Her paintings and collage work have been widely collected and exhibited, and her illustration work has been utilized by advertising clients as well as corporate groups and private individuals.
She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota (preferring tornadoes over earthquakes) and gives thanks every day for the opportunity to pursue her passion for a life in the arts.
Clients include the advertising agencies of Target, Fallon, Carmichael Lynch, J. Walter Thompson and Martin/Williams;
the designers of Frankie & Johnny sleepwear, Antioch paper products, Certified International; and the publications of Minnesota Medicine Magazine, The Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The Wilson Quarterly.
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Baltimore Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
Bibliotheque National, Paris, France
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
Hallmark Corporation, Kansas City, KS
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Newport Harbor Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA
St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Polaroid Collection, Cambridge, MA
Tokyo Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Arts Midwest/NEA Regional Fellowship-Painting