Wayne Taylor is Professor Emeritus of the School of Design, N.C. State University. The artist was born in Maple, North Carolina in 1931 and raised in Currituck County. After serving with the US Coast Guard, Taylor attended North Carolina State College where he graduated with a degree in Architecture in 1958. He was immediately hired back as an instructor by his mentor Henry Kamphoefner, and taught at the School of Design until retirement in 1994.
Taylor has exhibited paintings, drawings and graphic works across the Eastern United States during a long and prolific career. He has designed and built numerous homes and small buildings. The artist has won awards and purchase prizes for his work including the prestigious Rome Prize in 1960 (A two year fellowship in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome, Italy).