Mamie Joe Rayburn

Being a first generation American Chinese, Mamie Joe originally encouraged to be and artist by her Grandfather who was an artist himself. Her parents, however, wanted her to be involved in a more lucrative field such as science or medicine. But, Mamie really had no interest in anything except art. Even when she was very young, she would sit for hours while minding her parent's small grocery store and sketch. By the time she had finished her senior year in high school, she knew she would never be happy with herself unless she prepared herself for a future in art.

For Mamie, the very basic elements of line, space and color are essential ingredients in her art. How these elements react with one another is always her major concern in every piece she does. Her primary effort is directed toward studying the interrelationship of positive and negative spaces while giving more emphasis on composition.

Mamie is determined to work toward solidifying her work by using high contrast as well as various textures, while continuing to manifest sensitivity. She employs symbols, which have special meanings that relate to her own childhood. Her are has always reflected the cultural complexities of her family's traditional Chinese background with her upbringing in the South.

  • Delta State University
  • University of Mississippi - Bachelor of Fine Arts

Professional Background

  • Full time artist - printmaking, painting and drawing
  • Over 300 one and two person show
  • Conducted numerous printmaking workshops
Museums and Galleries Exhibited
  • High Museum of Art - Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mint Museum - North Carolina
  • Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art - North Carolina
  • Lamar Dodd Art Center - LaGrange, Georgia
  • Mississippi Museum of Fine Art - Jackson, Mississippi
  • Columbus Museum - Albany, Georgia
  • Delta State University

Permanent Collections

  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Lamar Dodd Art Center
  • Mississippi Museum of Art
  • Delta State University
  • University of Mississippi