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The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts


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James M. Mullen

M and M Tower, color linocut

Wide Still Life, watercolor


Night Shelf, color linocut


James Mullen is Professor of Art and Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, Emeritus at State University of New York College at Oneonta, NY. Professor Mullen taught courses in drawing, printmaking, painting, design, and art appreciation as well as Honors Courses. He was awarded the SUNY-wide distinction of The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1989 his design was selected from a wide contest pool as the State University Oneonta Centennial Logo Design. Professor Mullen served several terms as Department Chair as well as serving as Coordinator of the 3-1 Articulated Program with The Fashion Institute of Technology. He also served as Director of the Fine Arts Gallery for over twenty years and was as well active in both the SUNY-wide Council of Arts Chair and SUNY-wide Gallery Directors Council. Mr Mullen has been active in local art endeavors. He served on the Board and as President of the Board of Directors of The Cooperstown Art Association for many years. He served also in the Upper Catskill Arts Board and briefly as President of the Board. He is a graduate of Penn State University. He has studied additionally with Fletcher Martin at the Roberson Center Binghamton, NY; with Norman Daly and Arnold Singer at Cornell University; with David Driesbach at northern Illinois University; at the Kalamzoo Art Center; with Thom O’Connor at he University of Albany and with John Sommers, Technical Director of Tamarind Printmaking Center (Workshop at Notre Dame University). Also, Mr Mullen served as Visiting Professor at Florida State university where he worked with the printmaker William Walmsley.


For many years, James Mullen has consistently exhibited prints, drawings, and paintings in a wide range and number of juried national and regional art exhibitions. Selection has been by such prominent jurors as: Dore Ashton, Shelly Langdale, Mark Pascale, Antonio Frasconi, Linda Simmond, and other eminent curators, artists, and critics. Recently, his work has been selected for exhibition at Butler Institute of American Art, Midyear Exhibition; Watercolor USA and Prints USA at the Springfield, MO Museum of Art; Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; Juried Theme Doubletake Exhibition; Washington (DC) Printmakers Gallery Small Prints; Pennsylvannia Watercolor Society International Juried Exhibition; International Exhibition Animals in Art (Best of Show) at LSU University; Society of American Graphic Artists 71st National Juried, NYC; New Jersey International Small Impressions; and many others. Selected purchase awards include among others: New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ; Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; Penn State University Art in Science-Science in Art; Portsmouth (VA) Museum of Art (selected from Smithsonian National Drawing); University of Wisconsin-Waukesha; Western Washington University; and Minot State University. For many years Mr. Mullen has created and collected original artists’ greeting cards. Many of these pieces are now in the Collections of Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art; University of New Hampshire, Penn State University Libraries and University of Northern Illinois. Recently, Professor Mullen server as the juror for the International Exhibition of Miniature Art which opened in September 2005 at the Roberson Center in ,, NY. His works have been frequently represented in prominent exhibitions of miniature art including among others: Miniature Painters and Gravers of Washington, DC; International Miniature Exhibitions at Chambersburg, PA (Honorable Mentions); Miniature Art Society of Florida and Seaside Art, Art Gallery International Miniature Exhibitions at Nags Head, NC. His drawing was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2005 of Miniature Painters of Washington, DC.


Spring Shelf, pen and ink


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