A native of the Black Hills of South Dakota, Richard DuBois has preferred traditional watercolor as his favorite medium. He attended the University of Wyoming, earning a Master of Arts degree in art. He continued post-graduate study in New England at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. DuBois has taught studio art at Black Hills State University since 1969 and also maintains the DuBois Studio and Du Bois Gallery at his home in Rapid City, SD.
DuBoise is the co-founder of the Northern Plains Watercolor Society and has served on the Board of Directors since its inception in 1993. In addition to his studio work, DuBois participates in and conducts professional workshops in watercolor. He has been in numerous group and solo exhibitions and has juried competitions and invitational shows. His work is in permanent collections throughout the United States and is represented by galleries in the Midwest. DuBois has received numerous awards throughout the years for his work. His most recent awards include the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Award for Liberal Arts Professional – 2004, BHSU’s Alumni Associations – 2005, Excellence in Education Award, and the Gold Medal Award in the 2006 Northern Plains Watercolor Society Annual Competition.