BiographyRaymond Ellis George was born on September 13, 1933, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He received his BA degree in 1955 and his MA degree in 1962, both from the University of Northern Iowa. He began teaching at Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa, but was also a lecturer in art and printmaking at Clarke College in Dubuque. He also had experience as an instructor and critic teacher at the Laboratory High School at Indiana University. After teaching at the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Nebraska, he became a Professor of Art at Illinois State University where he taught drawing and printmaking. George died in Bloomington, Illinois, May 5, 2005.
George entered numerous competitive exhibitions starting in the early 1960’s. He also participated in group and two person shows and one man shows throughout the United States. He received a number of purchase awards for his art works. His art is in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Nebraska, the University of Colorado in Boulder, and the Library of Congress. He frequently was a guest artist at workshops, especially in the Midwest.
George entered art works in two Fine Arts Festivals. At the Watercolor, Print, Drawing Exhibition which was part of the Festival held from December 9 – December 19, 1964, George received a purchase prize for his etching, “It is Necessary to Be of One’s Time.” George said of this work that it was executed while he lived in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1964. He noted it was a copperplate etching with sepia ink, drawn, etched and printed by the artist.
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