Walter Egel Kuhlman Biography

Walter Egel Kuhlman




Walter Kuhlman, painter, printmaker, and teacher, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 11, 1918. Between 1936 and 1939, he attended the Saint Paul School of Fine Art in Minnesota where he was a student of Cameron Booth. In 1941, he received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota. Following a solo exhibition at the Walker Art Center in 1940, Kuhlman joined the faculty of the St. Paul School of Art. Within two years, however, he was drafted into the U.S. Navy. Moving to San Francisco in 1947, he enrolled in the California School of Fine Arts under the GI Bill, Kuhlman studied at the school until 1950 and during that time he was a member of the Sausalito Six. He also studied at Tulane University and, in 1950, at the Acadamie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. In 1951, his work was included in the Salon des Realities Nouvelles at the Petit Palais in Paris.

Kuhlman's teaching career began in 1956 when he joined the faculty of the California School of Fine Arts. He also taught at Stanford University, Santa Clara University, Arizona University, New Mexico University, University of Michigan and the National Academy of Design in 1995. Recognition of his work includes fellowships from the Tiffany Foundation, the Cummington Foundation and the Graham Foundation, and, in 1982, the California Arts Council presented him with the Outstanding California Working Artist and Teacher award.

His work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions and an equal number of group exhibitions. He is represented in the collections of the Cleveland Museum; Worcester Art Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museums of Modern Art in San Francisco, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; National Museum of American Art; British Museum; Oakland Museum and the Phillips Collection.

Walter Kuhlman died in Sausalito, California on March 20, 2009.