Kristin Ann Musgnug
J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
Kristin Musgnug was born in Buffalo, New York, and grew up in New Jersey. She received a BA in Art History from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1981, and an MFA in Painting from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1988. She joined the University of Arkansas faculty in 1991.
Kristin Musgnug explores the domesticated American landscape in paintings that re-examine the Romantic tradition of landscape painting. Born in Buffalo, New York, Kristin Musgnug received a BA in Art History from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1981, and an MFA in painting from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1988. Following graduate school, she joined the Core Residency Program at the Houston Museum of Art’s Glassell School. Since 1991 she has been on the faculty of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. During 1994-95 she was Artist in Residence at Lucy Cavendish College of Cambridge University, England. She has made painting trips to England, Macedonia, Nova Scotia and numerous parts of the United States, including residencies at the Norton Island Artists Colony, the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Dorland Mountain Colony. In 2002 she received an Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Kansas State University, Inman Gallery in Houston and the Galveston Arts Center. Her work is in the collection of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and was included in the book, Texas: 150 works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Kristin Musgnug’s work is represented by Inman Gallery in Houston, Texas.
Kristin Musgnug’s observational paintings navigate the tension between the idea of the natural and the actual landscape. The works draw on an interest in the scientific view of nature as well as the role nature occupies in culture and in the human psyche.
Centered on the subject of humanity’s relations with nature, Kristin’s research interests include the marginal landscape, contemporary manifestations of the ancient ideal of Arcadia, the landscape of leisure pursuits, the American identification of nature with wilderness, invasive species, and forest floor paintings.
Kristin’s work is represented by Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas, and has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Royal College of Art, London, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Stobi Gallery, Skopje, Macedonia, Aqua Art at Art Basel Miami, Art Chicago, and at numerous college and university galleries. She was awarded an Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2002 and has held artist’s residencies at Lucy Cavendish College of Cambridge University, the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Norton Island Colony, The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, the Ragdale Foundation, the Dorland Mountain Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the North Cascades Institute.
M.F.A., Indiana University
B.A., Williams College
Lacoste School of the Arts, Lacoste, France
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts