Marcelino Stuhmer looking at the camera and smiling in front of a beige brick wall and a window

Art BFA (interdisciplinary)

Marcelino Stuhmer is program co-director of UArts’ BFA in Art program and an associate professor of Fine Arts in Painting. His creative work includes painting and drawing, but he also writes fiction and makes video and immersive art installations. In his painting “Masked Actress (Carlsbad Cavern),” the top half of movie star Rita Hayworth’s face is partially covered with a loosely painted image of a colorfully lit cave. The contrast of painting techniques, at once abstract and photographic, explore “real” and “imaginary” modes of representation. In his work, he focuses on creating narratives that mask and mark personal and collective memory, history and identity.


Stuhmer's artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Playstation at Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam; Galerie Jade, Bergamo, Italy; Essl Museum of Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg, Austria; Chicago Cultural Center; Art in General, New York City; 12 Gates Gallery, Philadelphia; and Vox Populi, Philadelphia; among other locations. His work was featured in New American Paintings and reviewed in Artforum, Chicago Tribune, Newcity Chicago, Chicago Reader, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Artblog, among other outlets.


  • Stuhmer earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

  • He has held artist residencies at 

    • Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine; 

    • The Atlantic Center, New Smyrna Beach, Florida; and 

    • Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam.


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Awards & Accolades

Stuhmer’s work has been recognized numerous times.

  • Best International Artist, Arte Laguna International, Venice, Italy

  • Mondrian Foundation Exhibition and Publication Grant, Amsterdam

  • Royal Prize for Painting in the Netherlands

  • Faculty and Academic Fund Grant, UArts, 2015 and 2022

The metaphoric crossing between perception and hallucination occurs by means of the paraphernalia of painting, which is also that of recollection and re-cognition, as the recovery, to the senses, of what seemed to be forever beyond experience. – Paul de Man

An artwork that is half an image of the bottom of a face of a woman and the top is an abstract painting in green and yellow and brown and blue and black with eyes that line up with the bottom half of the artwork
Marcelino Stuhmer, “Masked Actress (Carlsbad Cavern)”