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Alexis Kuhr


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Alexis Kuhr serves as chair in the recently formed Art Department. Kuhr previously taught at Mount Holyoke College and the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities where she chaired the Department of Art from 2010 to 2014.  While at the University of Minnesota, Kuhr also chaired the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Assembly, and served on the Dean’s Executive Committee as well as the CLA 2015 Committee responsible for the development of a strategic plan for the College. 

For the past three decades, Kuhr has explored the possibilities of abstraction in painting, drawing and printmaking, to create a body of work whose overall impact is one of contemplative, measured activity. Her process begins with the basic elements of perspective and through experimentation she arrives at spaces that advance and retreat to produce a realm of spatial ambiguity. Kuhr describes her process as a search for “new structures that create visual interest,” through “slight visual disruptions produced by irregular geometries.”

Kuhr’s works have been shown nationally and internationally. Most recently her work was included in the group exhibitions Boundaries at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Tianjin, China and The Rule of Art, New Selected Artworks by Postmodern Artists from China, Korea and the USA at the Korean Cultural Service in Beijing. In 2014 she will present her 22nd solo show, Again Again at M55 Gallery, New York, NY.  Kuhr has received fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the New England Foundation for the Arts.  Her creative research and teaching have been recognized with numerous competitive grants from the University of Minnesota, including in 2012, funding for the proposal,  “Color Curriculum Project: Facilitating Arts Learning with iPad Technology” for the purchase and integration of digital tablet technologies into Drawing and Painting curriculum.

Kuhr received her BA from the University of California Santa Cruz and an MFA in painting from Stanford University. She is represented by M55 Gallery in New York. 

Research Areas

  • Painting
  • Drawing