Ray Cronin is a writer, curator, and arts consultant living in Elmsdale, Nova Scotia. He worked at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as curator (2001–07) and as director and CEO (2007–15). He is the founding curator of the Sobey Art Award.
Cronin is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BA, fine arts) and the University of Windsor (MA, fine arts). He is the author of numerous catalogue essays and has published reviews and articles for several Canadian and American art magazines over a twenty-five-year career. In 2000 he received the Christina Sabat Award for Critical Review in the Arts. He was the visual arts columnist for the Daily Gleaner (Fredericton) and Here (Saint John) in New Brunswick and is the visual arts blogger for Halifax Magazine.
Cronin is the author of Marion Wagschal (Battat Contemporary, 2010) and has contributed essays to books on Mary Pratt, John Greer, David Askevold, Graeme Patterson, Colleen Wolstenholme, and Garry Neill Kennedy, among others. His book Our Maud: The Life, Art and Legacy of Maud Lewis was published by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 2017, and Mary Pratt: Still Light by Gaspereau Press in 2018. Further titles in his book series, the Gaspereau Field Guides to Canadian Artists, are forthcoming.