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BIOGRAPHY

George Dunbar was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1927. He studied at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and later received a BFA in painting from the Grande Chaumiere in Paris in 1953.

Since his first solo exhibition in Philadelphia in 1953, Dunbar’s artwork has been displayed in museums, galleries and exhibits around the world, including a one man show on his works in gold leaf, “Dunbar: Mining the Surfaces,” displayed at the New Orleans Museum of Art.  His public works can be viewed at such esteemed Museums as the British Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Dunbar received the Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 for his contributions to art and culture in Louisiana. He was also awarded the Delgado Society's Distinguished Art Award by the New Orleans Museum of Art in 2001.  He has taught at 331 Art School in New Orleans, Isidore Newman School and Tulane University.

Dunbar currently works and resides on Bayou Bonfouca in Slidell, Louisiana.


EDUCATION

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA,

B.F.A. in Painting, 1951 
Grande Chaumiere, Paris, France, 1953


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018   Alluvion, Callan Contemporary, New Orleans, LA 

2017    Palladium, Callan Contemporary, New Orleans, LA

2016    New Orleans Museum of Art, George Dunbar: Elements of Chance; a retrospective

            curated by Katie A. Pfohl
2015    Callan Contemporary, New Orleans, LA

2014    Callan Contemporary, New Orleans, LA

2012    Callan Contemporary, New Orleans, LA

2006    Ochi Fine Art, Ketchum, ID

2006    Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2004    Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, NY

2002    University of the South, Sewanee, TN

2002    Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans
, LA

2000    Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA

1997    Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA

1994    Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA

1994    Cultural Arts Center, Slidell, Retrospective

1992    Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA

1991    Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA

1991    Galerie Nadeau, Philadelphia, PA

1989    St. Tammany Art Association, Covington, LA


1988    Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA

1987    Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA


1985    Heath Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1984    Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA

1983    Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA

1980    Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans
, LA

1978    Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA

1976    Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA

1974    Heath Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1974    Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA

1973    Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA

1970    Orleans Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1969    Orleans Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1968    Orleans Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1965    Orleans Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1963    Orleans Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1960    Orleans Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1958    Parma Gallery, New York, NY

1957    Orleans Gallery, New Orleans, LA


1956    Parma Gallery, New York, NY

1955    Dubin-Luch Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1955    331 Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1953    Dubin-Luch Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

 

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

2016    New Orleans Museum of Art, George Dunbar: Elements of Chance; a retrospective    curated by Katie A. Pfohl
2007    Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
1997    New Orleans Museum of Art, Mining the Surfaces, a retrospective curated by Edward   Lucie-Smith
1992    Imperial Calcasieu Museum, Lake Charles, L
1964    Delgado Museum, (New Orleans Museum of Art) New Orleans

 

SELECTED JOINT EXHIBITIONS

South American Touring Exhibit

Louisiana World Exposition, New Orleans, LA

Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans, LA 
 

State Capital, Baton Rouge, LA 


Pensacola Art Center, Pensacola, FL

Louisiana Art Commission, Baton Rouge, LA

1968 Volkfest, West Germany 


Birmingham Museum, Birmingham, AL 


Touring Exhibition:  Vienna, Austria; Hong Kong, BCC;  Manila,

Philippine Island; Sidney, Australia 


Denver Museum, Denver, CO 


Newcomb Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 


Bressler Gallery, Milwaukee, WI 


Sea Island Museum, Sea Island, GA 


Riverside Museum, New York City, NY 


Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 


New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 


Rose Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 


University of New Orleans, Fine Arts Gallery, New Orleans, LA 


Delfina Studio Trust, London, Louisiana Story, curated by Edward Lucie Smith 


Drawing Invitational, Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA

1997    St. Tammany Art Assn., Covington, LA

2007    Lord & Taylor, New York City


 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS         

Ogden Museum, New Orleans, LA 


Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA 


The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC 1B 3DG 


Tulane University, Law School, New Orleans, LA 


Alexandria Museum of Art 


Arts Council of New Orleans 


North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC 


Monroe, Lemann, Attorneys, New Orleans, LA 


New Orleans Museum of Art 


Pan American Life Corporation, New Orleans, LA 


Lenfantís Restaurant, New Orleans, LA 


City National Bank, Baton Rouge, LA 


Jones Walker, et al, Attorneys, New Orleans, LA 


Westminister City Properties, The Equitable Center, 1615 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 


Bank of New Orleans 


Texaco Center (Lobby), New Orleans, LA 


Phelps, Dunbar , Marks, Claverie and Simms, Attorneys, New Orleans, LA First National Bank of Commerce, Covington, LA 


L L & E Tower (Lobby), New Orleans, LA 


Lykes Steamship Co., New Orleans, LA 


Jefferson Guaranty Bank (Lobby), New Orleans, LA 


One River Place (Lobby), New Orleans, LA 


Commerce Bank (Lobby), St. Louis, MO 
Entergy Corp., Washington, D.C.

Rose Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 


Lambert and Nelson, Attorneys, New Orleans, LA

 

HONORS (AMONG OTHERS)

1974 Louisiana Bicentennial Exhibition- 2 Purchase Prize

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, Award Winner-Southeastern Texas Exhibition 


Rose Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, Purchase Prize

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, First Prize, Painting

Tyler School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, First Prize, Painting

Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, Silver Circle  Artist 1995 96 


New Orleans Museum of Art, Delgado Society Distinguished Art Award, 2001 


Bravo Award, City of Slidell, 2001 


PUBLICATIONS (AMONG OTHERS)

Ogden Museum of Southern Art Catalog


John Kemp, Review, The Times Picayune, April 21, 1994 


Lagniappe, Ted Calas, November 27. 1992 


Roger Green, Review, The Times Picayune, January 3, 1991 


New Orleans Art Review, Ted Calas, January, 1991

Benson & Hedges, advertisement, 1991 


Louisiana Artists Pages, Lew Thomas and Tom Dolan, Contemporary Arts Center, Feb. 25, 1989

Myrna Bridgeman, Review, The Daily Sentry News, October 2, 1988 


John Kemp, Review, The Times Picayune, January 8, 1988 


Louisiana Life Magazine,  January/February 1988 


Louisiana Life Magazine,  November/December 1987, featured 


Roger Green, Review, The Times Picayune, May 22, 1987 


New Orleans Magazine, Jason Berry, April 1985, review 
Art News, 1984 New Orleans Art Review Magazine, Ted Calas, May 1983 


The Historic New Orleans Collection,  1982 


Abstraction in Louisiana, Contemporary Arts Center, Ted Calas, October 4-26, 1980 


Figaro, November 22, 1978, review 


Alberta Collier, Review, The Times Picayune, May 6, 1976 


The Atlanta Journal,  April 18, 1974 


Alberta Collier, Review, The Times Picayune, February 11, 1973 


Figaro, February 24, 1973 


Vieux Carre Courier, February 1973, Review 


Accolade, November 1972, feature

Alberta Collier, Review, The Times Picayune, January 25, 1968

La Revue Moderne, Paris, France, May 1, 1967, feature 


Art in America, New Talent USA, Al Lansford, featured, February 1955 Walter Baum, Review, Inquirer, November 1953 


Artnews, November 1953