Dale Rayburn

Individuals shaped and molded by life's joys as well as trials - individuals characterized by their permanence, by their ability to endure - it is these individuals who inhabit the artistic world of Dale Rayburns Paintings and etchings.

Although the artistic world inhabited by these individuals is often portrayed as regional - as what many consider as "typically southern," Rayburn's work transcends regional boundaries and stereotypes in both its portrayal of universal human experiences and emotions. Furthermore, Rayburn's emphasis on line quality, on the interplay of positive spaces, of the characters he portrays - reflects the influence of such artists as Rembrant, Thomas Eakins, and Edward Hopper.

Born in Carriere, Mississippi, in 1942, Dale Rayburn considers himself fortunate that he is able to make a living doing what he loves most, yet he does not believe that he should compromise his own artistic integrity by simply catering to the artistic whims of the moment. It is the work itself - being true to whatever idea which he wishes to portray - that is most important to him. As he noted, "If my work is honest, it will have merit."

Schools Attended
  • University of Southern Mississippi, BA
  • University of Mississippi, MFA
  • Professional Background:
  • Professor at:
    • Louisiana State University
    • Lagrange College
    • Georgia Southwestern College
    • Dekalb College

Permanent Collections

  • High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia
  • De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, Mass.
  • Yale University Art Gallery
  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Lamar Dodd Art Center, Lagrange, Georgia
  • Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, North Carolina
  • Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Gibbs Museum, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Emory University Museum of Art
  • Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Miss.
  • White House Collection, Washington, DC
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Cleveland Art Museum
  • Georgia Council for the Arts
  • University of Georgia
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Mississippi
  • Northwest Printmakers International Exhibition
  • Boston Printmakers Annual Exhibition
  • Metropolitan Museum, New York
  • Westchester Art Society Juried Graphics Exhibition
  • Mainstreams, New York
  • 31st Audubon Artists Annual Exhibition
  • Southeastern Exhibit, Atlanta, Georgia
  • MAA National Watercolor Exhibition
  • Atlanta Arts Festival
  • 30th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Painting
  • Benedictine Awards, New York
  • Big Bend National Art Exhibition

Memberships & recognition

  • Who's who in American Art
  • Member Boston Printmakers
  • Member Southern Graphics Council