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Visual Arts

James J. Mullen

Associate Professor of Art


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Visual Arts

Edwards Center for Art & Dance - 223

Teaching this semester

VART 1101. Drawing I, A

An introduction to drawing, with an emphasis on the development of perceptual, organizational, and critical abilities. Studio projects entail objective observation and analysis of still-life, landscape, and figurative subjects; exploration of the abstract formal organization of graphic expression; and the development of a critical vocabulary of visual principles. Lectures and group critiques augment studio projects in various drawing media.

VART 2302. Landscape Painting

A continuation of principles introduced in Visual Arts 1301, with an emphasis on landscape painting. Studio projects investigate various relationships to nature through painting at a variety of sites and through the changing seasons of the coastal landscape. Painting activity is augmented with readings and presentations to offer a historical perspective on different languages, approaches, and philosophies in relation to the pictorial interpretation of landscape experience.



  • MFA in Painting, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1991
  • LaNapoule Summer Art Program, Durham, NH, 1986
  • BFA in Sculpture, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 1985


James Mullen teaches at Bowdoin College and lives in Portland, ME. His current work is interested in depictions of the natural environment and the way that it interfaces with the human presence. Though he is principally a painter, his research interests also include explorations in both drawing and photography.

He has received numerous awards and scholarships including an Individual Artist Grant from the state of Georgia as well as Research Grants from both the University of Evansville and Bowdoin College. He has also received Fellowship Residencies from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ragdale Foundation,  the Spring Island Trust Artist in Residence program, and the Petrified Forest National Park Artist in Residence He has had twenty five solo exhibitions of his work at venues including the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art in Augusta, GA, Artemisia Gallery in Chicago, IL, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, ME,  the Ruschman Art Gallery in Indianapolis, IN, Providence College in Rhode Island, and three solo exhibitions at Sherry French Gallery in New York City.

He was recently awarded a Gallery Fellowship from the Phoenix Gallery in New York City.

His work can be found in numerous public and private collections.

James Mullen received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of New Hampshire in 1985, attended the LaNapoule Summer Art Program in 1986, and completed his Master of Fine Arts in Painting at Indiana University in 1991. He has taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, the University of Evansville in Indiana, and since 1999 has taught at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME.

Composites: Painting Through Photography, McIninch Art Gallery, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH

Fellowship Award Exhibition – James Mullen, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY
Thresholds: Works by James Mullen, New England College Gallery, Henniker, NH

Compass: Paintings and Photographs, Hunt-Cavanagh Art Gallery, Providence College, Providence, RI
The Extended View,
Hostetter Arts Center, Pingry School, Martinsville, NJ

Cultivations, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

Lookout and Beyond – Paintings of Maine, Sherry French Gallery, New York , NY

Time and Tides – Paintings of Maine – Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY

James Mullen-Water’s Edge, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
James Mullen - Reflections,
Ruschman Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

James Mullen – Transparency, Hay Gallery, Portland, ME

James Mullen – Quadrants, UMF Art Gallery, University of Maine at Farmington

James Mullen, Ruschman Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

James Mullen-Paintings, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

Karen Rand Anderson, Karen Klinedinst, James Mullen, Krause Gallery, Providence, RI
2013 Annual Juried Exhibit,
Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, MD
East End Arts Gallery, Riverhead, NY (Juried)
The 26th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA, (Juried)
Water, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO (Juried)
Luminous Language, Foundry Art Centre, Saint Charles, MO, (Juried)
Group Show, Watson Gallery, Stonington, ME
Photography Now, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA, (Juried)
Paint for Preservation, Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, Cape Elizabeth, ME , (Juried)

The Fifth National Juried Exhibition
, Prince Street Gallery, NY, NY
Re/Invention, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
Skyward - The World Above Us, 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (juried)
Small Worlds, Alpers Fine Art, Andover, MA
The Resilient Landscape - Traditional to Modern, New England College Art Gallery, Henniker, NH
Eric Hopkins, James Mullen, Colin Page, Thomas Moser, Freeport, ME
Landscapes Art Exhibition,  Light, Space, Time Gallery, Online Exhibition, Juried
Colleagues and Friends, Watson Gallery, Stonington, ME

Art in the Embassies Exhibition – Lesotho, U.S. State Department, Maseru, Lesotho
ViewPoints: Studio Montclair’s 2011 National Juried Exhibition, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
Group Invitational,  Alpers Fine Art, Andover, MA
Visual Territory, Porter Hall Gallery, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS (juried)
Summer Group Invitational, GWatson Gallery, Stonington, ME
ReView:Recent Work by UNH Alumni, Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (juried)
Drawing Discourse; Contemporary Drawing Exhibition, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, University of North Carolina Ashville, Ashville, NC (juried)
Place: Clemson National Drawing and Print Exhibition, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
photo 11: A National Juried Exhibition, Gallery 180 of the Illinois Institute of Art- Chicago, Chicago, IL (catalog)

Group Award Winner,
Luminous Language Exhibition, Foundry Art Center, Saint Charles, MO
2013-2014 Fellowship Award Winner,
Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY (juried)
Juror’s Purchase Award,
26th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition, Lake Charles, LA
Juror’s Honorable Mention
, H2O National Exhibition, East End Arts, Riverhead, NY

Fletcher Family Research Award, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

Petrified Forest National Park Artist in Residence, Petrified Forest, AZ

Rusack Coastal Studies Project Initiative Fund, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME (also 2003, 2002, 2001)

Ragdale Foundation Fellowship, Lake Forest, IL (also 2005, 2001)
Spring Island Artist in Residence
(also 1998,1997)

Faculty Research Grant, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME (also 2004)

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship, Sweet Brier, VA

2013 - 
, Visual Arts Division, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
2007 - 2010

Chair, Art Department, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
2006 - present
Associate Professor, Visual Art Department, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
2003 - 2004 
, Visual Arts Division, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
1999 - 2005
Assistant Professor, Visual Art Department, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
1997 - 1999 
Assistant Professor
, Art Department, University of Evansville, Evansville, IN
1991 - 1997   
Professor (unranked)
, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA Painting Department and Foundations Department
1990 - 1991 
Associate Instructor
, Fundamental Studios Program, Indiana University
1986 - 1989
Sculpture Technician, Sculpture Department, University of New Hampshire