Rebecca Raubacher graduated from Maryland College of Art and Design with a Certificate of Fine Arts and from Delaware State University with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education, both with honors. After graduation, the Delaware State Arts Council awarded her a Fellowship for Painting and over the years her work has received awards and recognition from numerous sources including Howard Fox –curator at Hirshhorn Museum; Nancy Hoffman of Nancy Hoffman Gallery; David Tannous of Art in America; Grace Glueck art critic for the New York Times; Townsend Wolfe Art Director, the Arkansas Arts Center; Susan Krane, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the High Museum of art; and Patterson Sims, curator from the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Raubacher has had several solo exhibitions in public and commercial spaces, most recently a retrospective, Rebecca Raubacher-Drawings and Paintings 1975 to Present, at the Rehoboth Art League in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Other solo exhibitions include those at the Delaware Contemporary (formerly the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts); the State Arts Council Gallery, Delaware Division of the Arts; the Blue Streak Gallery in Wilmington, Delaware; the Leslie Cecil Gallery, New York City; the Delaware Agricultural Museum and The Schwartz Center for the Arts, both Dover, Delaware; and the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. She has participated in various international exhibitions such as The Face at the Arkansas Arts Center with curator Townsend Wolfe, and the Kokeshi Invitational Exhibition in Shiroishi, Miyagi, Japan. She was featured in, Seven Defining Women in the Arts with curator J. Susan Isaacs at Delaware Contemporary.


Raubacher’s work is in many private, corporate and public collections. These include: The Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of New York in Purchase, New York; The United States Embassy Collection and the NYEX Corporation, both New York City; Bank of America, Charlotte, North Carolina and Dover, Delaware; the State of Delaware Division of Libraries and Delaware State University. The artist lives and works in Delaware



TIMELINE

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1954

Rebecca Riley is born.

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1958

Patricia takes Rebecca horseback riding at the stable where she works; it is the artist’s first ride on a pony

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1959

Rebecca begins helping her sister with the trail rides.

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1960

Enters the first grade at Christ Our King School, Wilmington, DE

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1968

Graduates from Christ Our King; begins ninth grade at Mt. Pleasant Junior High School, Wilmington.

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1969

Meets Chris Raubacher for the first time at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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1972

Father Curtis Riley undergoes a successful drug and alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation program.

Graduates from Mt. Pleasant High School

Begins taking college classes part-time in the University of Delaware Parallel Program, Georgetown, Delaware

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1973

Travels to Atlanta, Georgia to help Patricia with her children.

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1974

Becomes ill with encephalitis

Returns part-time to the Parallel Program after her recovery

Spends the summer working in Rehoboth Beach

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1975-1976

Visits Maryland College of Art and Design and attends a drawing class taught by Terrence Coffman, MCAD president; he invites her to attend MCAD

Spends the summer working in Rehoboth Beach

Mother, Bernadette, has open-heart surgery

Rebecca is diagnosed with cervical cancer related to medication her mother had taken when pregnant to prevent miscarriage; she undergoes two successful surgeries and requires four follow-up cryosurgeries over the next 18 months while matriculated at MCAD fulltime

Studies drawing and painting with Oscar Chelimsky and design and sculpture with Ellen Vincent at MCAD

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1976-1977

Participates in the Brandywine Outdoor Show, Wilmington

Father Curtis Riley dies

Wins scholarships to MCAD; graduates in the spring of 1977 and is awarded a Certificate of Fine Arts with honors

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1978

Sees Chris Raubacher for the first time in years and they begin dating

Feels ill and suspects cancer has returned; discovers she is pregnant. Pregnancy is labeled high risk and doctors urge abortion

Declines acceptance to Philadelphia College of Art due to pregnancy

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1979

Rebecca and Chris Raubacher’s son Christopher Nathaniel is born

Rebecca and Chris marry in Christ Our King Church, Wilmington

Chris graduates from the University of Delaware with a BS in geography

Exhibits at the Rehoboth Art League Fine Art and Fine Craft Outdoor Show where she meets collector Joann Burstein and the artist Jack Lewis and sells her first works to Joann and other Burstein family members

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1980

Rebecca and Chris move to Dover, Delaware

Has her first one-person exhibition at Muriel’s Gallery,Dover

Son Christopher becomes ill with croup; stops breathing and spends five days hospitalized and in an oxygen tent

Matriculates into the BS in Art Education program at Delaware State University, Dover

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1981

Chris and Rebecca purchase first home which will become The Raubacher Gallery

Begins drawing at the Marion Tracy Dance Studio (now the School of Delaware Ballet), Dover

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1982

Chris and Rebecca open The Raubacher Gallery and custom framing business

My Father Is Concerned With Natural Selection is accepted into the annual Academy of the Arts exhibition, Easton, Maryland. Juror: Howard Fox, curator, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; wins juror’s award

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1982

Wins State of Delaware Division of Libraries Purchase Award

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1983

Earns a BS with honors from Delaware State University and is certified to teach art in kindergarten through grade twelve

With funds from the Delaware State Arts Council, is commissioned to paint an image of Sojourner Truth

Accepted into the annual Academy of the Arts exhibition, Easton. Juror: Nancy Hoffman, Nancy Hoffman Gallery New York, New York; wins juror’s award

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1984

Awarded Emerging Artist Fellowship for painting, Delaware State Arts Council. Juror: Gene Davis, artist and professor, Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC

One-person private show at residence of Joann and Philip Burstein, Denver, Colorado

One-person exhibition featuring early caryatid works at The Slavin Gallery, Washington, DC

One-person exhibition, Catonsville Community College, Catonsville, Maryland

Accepted into the juried exhibition at The Gallery, York, Pennsylvania. Juror: David Tannous, writer for Art in America; wins juror’s award

Accepted into the annual Academy of the Arts exhibition, Easton, Maryland. Juror: Grace Glueck, art critic for The New York Times; wins juror’s award

One-person exhibition at the Delaware State Arts Council Gallery, Wilmington

Included in group exhibition at the Sebastian Moore Gallery, Washington, DC

Wins State of Delaware Division of Libraries Purchase Award

Included in “Who to Watch in Delaware,” in Delaware Today magazine

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1985

One-person exhibition, Jewish Community Center, Wilmington

One-person exhibition, Leslie Cecil Gallery, New York

Fellowship Recipients exhibition, Delaware State Arts Council Gallery, Wilmington

Accepted into juried exhibition, Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-the-Hudson. Juror: Patterson Sims, curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

One-person exhibition, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington

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1986

Project America Exhibition, Federal Plaza, New York

One-person exhibition, Delaware Center of the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington

Accepted into juried exhibition, Germanow Art Gallery, Rochester, New York. Juror: Susan Crane, curator, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

“Exhbition Review” Sunday Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester

One-person exhibition Leslie Cecil Gallery, New York

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1987

Two-person exhibition, Leslie Cecil Gallery, New York

Chris and Rebecca learn they are expecting their second child

Brother Denis Riley dies

Included in “Who to Watch in Delaware,” in Delaware Today magazine

One-person exhibition, Delaware Division of the Arts, State Arts Council Gallery, Wilmington

Invitation Holiday exhibition, Arkansas Center for the Arts, Little Rock, Arkansas. Curator: Townsend Wolfe, Director, the Arkansas Center for the Arts

One-person exhibition, Leslie Cecil Gallery, New York

Rebecca and Chris Raubacher’s daughter Riley Chelsea is born

Exhibits in The Face, Arkansas Center for the Arts, Little Rock. Curator: Townsend Wolfe, Director, the Arkansas Center for the Arts; work included in the catalog

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1988

Begins association with the Delaware Art Museum Sales and Rental Gallery

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1990

One-person exhibition, Leslie Cecil Gallery, New York

Leslie Cecil Gallery closes in May

Invited to show in the Delaware Women’s Conference, University of Delaware, Newark; work is featured on conference poster and purchased by the State of Delaware

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1991

Negotiates large sale of Jack Lewis work to the State of Delaware

Two-person exhibition, Kace Gallery, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Rehoboth Art League Annual Members Juried Show, Rehoboth Beach

Delaware State Arts Council Traveling Exhibition for Individual fellowship recipient

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1992

One-person exhibition, Delaware Agricultural Museum, Dover

“Featured Artist from Delaware—Rebecca Raubacher,” Hi Fashion Magazine, Miyagi, Japan.

Group Invitational exhibition, Delaware Women’s Conference, University of Delaware, Newark, for the first of three consecutive years

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1993

Daughter Riley begins ballet classes at the Dance Conservatory, Dover

Jack Lewis moves to York, Maine and Rebecca becomes his soul agent

One-person exhibition, The Delaware Division of the Arts, State Arts Council Gallery, Wilmington

Invited to participate in international exhibition, “The Horse’s Mouth: Contemporary Equine Images,” Rear Window Art Gallery, Winchester, Virginia

Presents guest lecture, University of Delaware MFA Program, Newark

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1994

Much to her mother’s dismay, daughter Riley quits ballet

Rebecca becomes an MFA candidate at the University of Delaware

One-person exhibition, Cavanaugh’s Gallery, Wilmington

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1995

One-person exhibition, Delaware Center for The Contemporary Arts, Wilmington

One-person exhibition, Delaware Agricultural Museum, Dover

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1996

Kokeshi Invitational Exhibition, Shiroishi, Miyagi

One-person exhibition, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington

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1997

Son Christopher graduates from Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Massachusetts

One-person exhibition, Delaware Agricultural Museum, Dover

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1998

Mother Bernadette Riley dies

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1999

One-person exhibition, Delaware Agricultural Museum, Dover

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2000

Raubacher Gallery moves to 123 West Lockerman Street, Dover

Riley begins high school at St. Timothy’s School, Stevenson, Maryland

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2001

Son Christopher graduates from Carnegie Mellon with honors, BS in Computer Science and Mathematics, is hired by Microsoft, and moves to Seattle, Washington

One-person exhibition, The Delaware Division of the Arts, State Arts Council Gallery, Wilmington

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2002

In her first trip abroad, Rebecca and Riley travel to Ireland with St. Timothy’s School riding team; Riley and Rebecca ride horseback for a week on the County Wicklow Inn-to-Inn Ride, on the east coast of Ireland

Participates in Seven Defining Women in the Arts, Delaware Center for the Arts, Wilmington. Curator: J. Susan Isaacs

Accepted into the annual members juried exhibitions, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

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2003

Rebecca and Riley return to Ireland with St. Timothy’s School’s riding team and spend a week riding horseback on the Galway–Clare–Burren Trail in the west of Ireland

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2004

Daughter Riley graduates from St. Timothy's School

Rebecca and family travel to Costa Rica

Rebecca, and family attend the Royal Dublin Horse Show, Ireland and tour the west of Ireland

One-person exhibition, Swartz Center for The Arts, Dover, Delaware

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2005

One person show, Blue Streak Gallery, Wilmington, Delaware

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2006

Riley begins film school at the School of Visual Arts, New York, majoring in screenwriting

Delaware Art Museum Sales and Rental Gallery closes

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2008

Rebecca, Chris, and Riley travel to Bristol, England to watch the Badminton Horse Trials and visit the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, Wales

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2009

Rebecca is invited to Manchester, England to draw at the Bolesworth Castle Horse Show

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2010

Riley graduates from the School of the Visual Arts, New York, receiving a BFA in film

Draws at the Red Hills Horse Trials, Tallahassee, Florida

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2011

Exhibits in the Annual juried exhibition, The Rehoboth Art League

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2012

Riley enters the MFA in Creative Writing program at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

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2013

Family trip to Vasquez Rocks Park, Agua Dulce, California

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2014

Chris and Rebecca close The Raubacher Gallery

Riley graduates from the California Institute of the Arts, earning an MFA in Writing and begins work for Walt Disney Imagineering

Rebecca begins to devote herself full time to her artistic practice

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2017

Rebecca Raubacher 1975 to 2017, retrospective exhibition, the Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach. Curator: J. Susan Isaacs

Salon exhibition at the home of Joann and Philip Burstein, Rehoboth Beach