The following information was submitted by Marie Martin:
Born an Arkansan but reared in California and New England due to the tragic loss of his physician father, Stanley Rames' artistic abilities were evident at an early age. Elementary school teachers requested that he draw seasonal subjects on the blackboards and one was surprised to find pilgrims drawn with the faces of Stanley's classmates.
After graduation from Cranston, R.I. High School, Stanley entered the Rhode Island School of Design. After a single year his studies were interrupted when he enlisted, became a fighter pilot and flew fifty missions. Flak disabled Stan's plane on that fiftieth mission, he parachuted out over enemy territory and became a prisoner of the Germans for the rest of the war.
Peace came and Stan continued art studies at the Chicago Art Institute, Goodman Theater branch, majoring in set design. After graduation he joined NBC in the days of live television. "Programs were not taped," and "it was great working and researching set materials for an Aztec Indian set for Caesar Romero to Bob Hope's set for the Republican National Convention in l952," Stan reminisced. However, with no pension plan or sick leave at that point in time, Stan moved on --to New Orleans where he became art director for WDSU-TV.
The New Orleans stopover lasted twenty years and saw him progress from being an evening instructor to being a full-time faculty member of the art department at Tulane University. His two decades with WDSU-TV ended with the sale of the station but his decision to leave New Orleans was based on a search for a more peaceful life since he had been mugged several times in New Orleans.
Active in art circles, Rames was a former member of the Southern Artists' Association, past president of the Louisiana Watercolor Society, a charter member of the l9-state Southern Watercolor Society and one of the representatives in Arkansas, and, a member of the Artists' Workshop in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was awarded the prestigious George Shook award from the Southern Watercolor Society's 23rd show held as part of Houston's Waterscape 2000.
Paintings from this artist are in private collections from coast to coast. Al Hirt purchased a special New Orleans painting which he later donated to the Jazz Museum there and the Orchid Gallery in Southampton, England showed his paintings also.
Stanley was awarded the Governor's Arts Award in Lifetime Achievement from the Arkansas Arts Council in 2003.