Wolfe’s art exhibit open at Jefferson College

Published 1:14 am Saturday, November 17, 2007

NATCHEZ — For Mildred Nungester Wolfe, the natural world has inspired a lifetime of art making. In conjunction with her 2006 monograph, this exhibition highlights the artist’s block prints, which were donated to the Mississippi Museum of Art in 2005, and honors her 70-year career as an artist.

Born in 1912 in Celina, Ohio, Mildred moved to Decatur, Ala., with her family in 1916. Her ambition to create art was strong, and with her father’s encouragement, she took advantage of every educational opportunity available. In high school, she received art instruction correspondence courses through Columbia University. After studying at the Art Students’ League in New York City, she earned a master’s degree in art at Colorado College. She and Karl Wolfe moved to Jackson in 1946 and established Wolfe Studio.

Mildred still resides in Jackson where she and her daughter share Wolfe Studio. She has worked in many different mediums and her commissions have varied from mural paintings to stained-glass window designs. In 2002, Wolfe received an artist fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission to supervise the printing of her hand-cut wood and linoleum blocks, which she made in the 1960s and 70s. The 20 prints exhibited at Historic Jefferson College are among those prints.

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There is no admission charge to view Mildred Nungester Wolfe in Print.

Mildred Nungester Wolfe in Print is organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art and supported with funds provided by the Museum’s statewide Traveling Exhibition Endowment, a fund made possible through significant private contributions matched by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Historic Jefferson College is located at U.S. 61 North in Natchez. Call Jefferson College at 601-442-2901 or www.mdah.state.ms.us.