George Bireline was born in Peoria, IL in 1923. After serving in WWII, Bireline pursued his art studies at Bradley University and eventually received an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1963. Bireline appeared on the national art scene the following year with a solo exhibition in New York City at the Andre Emmerich Gallery. Over the years the artist painted in a variety of styles including abstract impressionism and color-field painting. Bireline received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967, and he was honored with a retrospective in 1976 at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Bireline also received the Southeast Artist Award of the National Council on the Arts in 1968. A central and influential figure among the South’s visual artists, Bireline mastered many styles in his lifetime, including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, Trompe l’Oeil, social commentary and figurative works. He also taught throughout his career at the School of Design at North Carolina State University from 1955 until his retirement in 1986. His works are currently in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, and the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, and the North Carolina Museum of Art.