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Dean Dablow

Lives in Ruston, LA


Born in Superior, Wisconsin in 1946, he spent his early childhood in North Dakota before moving to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where he graduated high school in 1964.  At 17, he worked several months in Washington, DC not knowing what his future path would be. Visits to The National Gallery of Art after work were pivotal in his decision to pursue the life of an artist. He began study at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point as a painter/sculptor but the camera became increasingly intriguing as a tool to make art. Upon graduation he began graduate studies in photography under John Schulze at the University of Iowa where he received his MFA in 1974 with a minor in sculpture under Julius Schmidt.


Dablow retired from Louisiana Tech University after 31 years of service, first as head of the Photography Program and then taking the reins of the School of Art (renamed The School of Design) as the Director. During his tenure as Director, Dablow was instrumental in establishing the School of Art's study abroad program in Paris. Presently he holds the rank of Professor Emeritus at Louisiana Tech. 


He kept his interest in other media alive throughout his career also working in drawing and sculpture. Since his retirement he has returned to painting as his medium of choice.

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1974  Univ. of Iowa,  MFA Photography

1969  Univ. of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, BS Sec Ed 


2007 Professor Emeritus, Louisiana Tech University School of Art

1997-2006 Director, School of Art, Louisiana Tech University

1976-2006 Head, Photography Program, Louisiana Tech University 

Grants & Awards 

2011  Artist Residence, Colorado Art Ranch

2007  Artist Residence, Jentel, Banner WY

1987  Artist Fellowship, Southern Arts Federation / NEA

1982  Artist Fellowship, Louisiana Division of the Arts

Permanent Collections

Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth

Baltimore Museum of Art

American University, Washington, DC

Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA

Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA

Masur Museum, Monroe, LA

Ten photographs in American embassies

Consolidated Paper Company, Port Edwards, WI

Sentry Insurance, Stevens Point, WI

Marine Banks Art Collection, Milwaukee, WI

Solo Exhibitions

2017  “Everything is Abstract,” Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA, 

            Nov. 28, 2016 -March 11, 2017


2009 “A Way of Seeing,” South Arkansas Arts Center, Eldorado, AR 

             paintings/photographs/ sculpture

1999   Photographs, Camera Cases, Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville

1998   Prints/Photographs,  Levee Gallery, Monroe, LA 

1991  "Rocks on a Flat Plane", Southeast Louisiana University,

           Hammond, LA 

1990   Photographs, Light Fantastic Gallery, Michigan State

            University,East Lansing, MI

1990   Photographs, SUNY College at New Paltz, New York

1989  "Rocks on a Flat Plane", University of Arkansas at Little Rock

1987   "Ritual Sites", Stoner Art Center, Shreveport, LA

1987   The Photograph Gallery, Tarrant County Community College,

           Dallas, TX

1984   Photographs, Austin College, Sherman, TX

1984   Photographs, Carol Lowenstern Gallery, Houston, TX

1984   Photographs, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

1983   Photographs, Bry Gallery, Northeast Louisiana University,

           Monroe, LA

1982   Photographs, Project Art Center, Cambridge, MA

1982   "Recent Color," The Craft Alliance, Shreveport, LA

1981    Photographs, Camera Cases, The University of Arkansas,

            Fayetteville, AR

1980   Photographs, Southern Light Gallery, Amarillo College,

           Amarillo, TX

1980   Photographs, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

1979   Photographs, Talley Gallery, Bemidji State Univ., Bemidji, MN

1979   Photographs, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA

1977   Photographs, Sarah Reynolds Gallery, Univ. of New Mexico

            Albuquerque, NM

1975   Photographs, Cedar Rapids Art Center, Cedar Rapids, IA

1975   Photographs, Nexus Gallery, Lexington, KY

1974   Photographs, Bergstrom Art Center, Neenah, WI

Publications / Reviews

2013  American Art Collector: Juried National Competition, 2013,

         Alcove Books, Berkeley, CA, October, 2012   one painting

2008  Studio Visit, two paintings published in juried national

          magazine, Carl Belz juror, Open Studios Press,  Boston

2001 Author,  The rain are fallin: A Search for the People and Places          Photographed by the Farm Security Administration in

         Louisiana, 1935-1943, Scrub Jay Press, Tollhouse, CA,185pp.

1998  Review, St. Louis Post–Dispatch, September 20, by Jeff  

          Daniel, p. C3

1993  Photograph “Sunstone” shown on "CBS Sunday Morning" news

          program as segue, New York

1988  Louisiana Photographers: Landscapes, Contemporary Art

          Center, New Orleans, LA

1986  A Century of Vision: Louisiana Photography 1884–1984, edited

          by Herman Mhire, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA

1983  Photographic Artists and Innovators, Turner Browne and Elaine

          Partnow, MacMillan, New York, 1983

1977 Creative Camera International Yearbook, Coo Press, London,

         England,  (four photographs)

1981 “Camera”, (September) C.J. Bucher, Ltd., Lucerne, Switzerland

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