Ray H. French
Birth Date: May 16, 1919
Death Date: April 21, 2000
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Ray H. French was born in 1919. He attended the Indiana University John Herron School of Art on a scholarship. During World War II he enlisted in the Army Air Force and was stationed in Colorado developing reconnaissance photos. While in Colorado, he had the opportunity to study watercolor with Adolf Dehn at the University of Colorado. Following World War II, French returned to John Herron School of Art on the G.I. Bill and then transferred to the University of Iowa, where he obtained his BFA in 1947 and MFA in 1948. French excelled in creating engravings, etchings, embossing, graphic construction, watercolor, and pastel. Following his retirement from university service, French continued to create artwork in his private studio until his death in Greencastle, Indiana. French and his family were also avid art collectors whose collection now comprises 5 percent of the permanent collection of the Swope Art Museum in the artist's hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana.