Paths: Recent Work by Jim and Kathy Muehlemann Opens at Hunt Gallery

January 23, 2012

An exhibition of recent paintings by Virginia artists and Randolph College Art Professors Kathy and Jim Muehlemann will be on view at Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery from February 13 to March 2, 2012.

Kathy Muehlemann has shown her work in one-person exhibitions at New York galleries, including the Virginia Zabriskie Gallery and the Pamela Auchincloss Gallery as well as at museums such as The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, Missouri), the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (Iowa), the Contemporary Museum (Honolulu, Hawaii), the Hyde Collection (Glens Falls, New York), the Lannan Museum (Lake Worth, Florida), and the Maier Museum of Art (Lynchburg, Virginia). She has also been represented in group exhibitions in the United States and abroad.

Her work is in the collections of American museums, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, New York), the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Miami, Florida), the Contemporary Museum (Honolulu, Hawaii), and the Nelson-Atkins Museum. Kathy Muehlemann has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and was awarded a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 1988. She is a professor of art at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Regarding her recent paintings of sky and cloud imagery, she said, “The unknown is part of the adventure of painting. To watch and wait for a glimpse of something as it appears and disappears in the cloudy space makes me hold my breath, poised.”

Jim Muehlemann earned the BFA from the University of Illinois and an MFA from Syracuse University. His work has been shown in one-person exhibitions in New York at the Penine Hart Gallery, Althea Viafora Gallery, Pamelas Auchincloss Gallery, and in Philadelphia at the Paul Cava Gallery. In Virginia he has had solo exhibitions at The University of Virginia/Fayerweather Gallery in Charlottesville and Riverviews Art Space in Lynchburg. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout the United States and in Italy.

Jim Muehlemann received grants from the Adolph and Ester Gottlieb Foundation and the State of New York. He was awarded a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 1982. For the past seventeen years he has been teaching at Randolph College in Lynchburg where lives and maintains a studio.

Not interested in precisely naming the content of his paintings, Jim Muehlemann said about his expressionistic work, “Image-making communicates my emotions without giving up the mystery and the complexity to the intellect alone.”

There will be an opening reception for the artists in Hunt Gallery on Monday, February 13, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Hunt Gallery. The public is invited to attend. Hunt Gallery
is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the college’s academic year.