Dean Dablow was born in Superior, Wisconsin in 1946. After high school he worked several months in Washington, DC not knowing what his future path would be. His interest in art would find him in The National Gallery of Art after work, spending many hours admiring the centuries of art in its halls. This brief stay in Washington was the turning point that led him to pursue the life of an artist. He began studying at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point as a painter/sculptor, but the camera became increasingly intriguing as a tool to make art. He pursued graduate work in photography at the University of Iowa where he received his MFA in 1974 with a minor in sculpture.
Dablow retired from Louisiana Tech University after 31 years of service, serving first as head of the Photography Program and then taking the reins of the School of Art 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.