Marcelino Stuhmer is 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.
Professor Stuhmer earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He did artist residencies at Skowhegan, The Atlantic Center and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. His 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 others. Awards and recognition include Best International Artist at Arte Laguna International in Venice, Italy; Mondrian Foundation Exhibition & Publication Grant, Amsterdam; and the Royal Prize for Painting in the Netherlands. His work was featured in New American Paintings, and reviewed in Artforum, Chicago Tribune, Newcity Chicago, Chicago Reader, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Artblog, among others.