contemporary artist


Mic Muhlbauer was born. This occurred in Niagara Falls, NY. She was the second child of three. She became an imported Texan at the age of 8. It didn’t kill her but made her stronger. Since the age of 12, she has always wanted to be an artist. She has traveled to all the states except 5. She has lived in 6 of them. She attended 12 different schools including college. She has visited 14 countries but always came back to the U.S. She has lived in 25 different houses but never an apartment. Her life has been touched by 6 dogs and 2 cats, but not all at one time. She has owned 3 Chevrolets, one Ford and three Toyotas. She has had countless jobs but has always come back to teaching people how to make art. She keeps the world distanced from her private life. She has the best friends on the planet. Currently residing in the New Mexico high plains desert she is thinking of becoming a wooden boat builder. She absolutely loves a good laugh.


Technique and method are as important as content in my work. My vehicle is realism, which seems to offer the clearly articulated language of imagery I need for expressing my thoughts. There is a search for order and meaning in my work, a longing for a sense of myth, magic, mystery and especially humor.


2012 Faculty Exhibition, ENMU, Runnels Gallery, Portales, NM. Invitational Group Show.
2012 Union Street Gallery, “Wanna Play”,,Chicago Heights, IL. Juried Show.
2012 Ames Mansion, “The Blanch Ames National Juried Art Exhibition”, North Easton, MA. Juried Show.
2012 Allegany Arts Council, Saville Gallery, “Will’s Creek Survey 2012”, Cumberland, MD. Juried Show
2011 Center for Contemporary Art, NM Women in the Arts, “18 Days,” Santa Fe, NM. Juried Show.
2010 Eula Mae Edwards Museum & Gallery, Clovis Community College, Clovis, NM. Invitational Solo Show.
2009 Faculty Exhibition, ENMU, Runnels Gallery, Portales, NM. Invitational Group Show.
2009 Faculty Exhibition, ENMU, Roswell, NM. Group Show.
2007-08 New Mexico Women in the Arts, “Originals 2007” Harwood Museum, Taos, NM. Juried Show.
2006-07 Northwest Contemporary Gallery, “Confluence of Land & Water,” Olympia, WA. Invitational Group Show.
2005-06 Museum of Fine Arts, “Originals-New Mexico Women Artists Exhibition,” Santa Fe, NM. Juried Show.
2005-07 Runnels Gallery, Faculty Exhibition, Eastern New Mexico University, NM. Group Show.
2003 Runnels Gallery, “Contour”, Eastern New Mexico University, NM. Group Show.
2001 St. John’s College, “Portales Nine,” Santa Fe, NM. Group Show.
2001 Albuquerque Museum, “Hounds In Leash,” Albuquerque, NM. International Invitational.
1991-02 Runnels Gallery, Faculty Exhibition, Eastern New Mexico University, NM. Group Show.
2000 Truman State University, “12th Annual National Art Competition,” Kirksville, MO. Juried Show.
2000 Tubac Center of the Arts, “Arizona Aqueous XV,” Tubac, AZ. Juried Show.
1999 LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, “Women Artists From The Land of Enchantment,” New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Woman in the Arts, Santa Fe, NM. Lucy Lippard - juror. Group Show.
1999 SFA Gallery, “Texas National ’99 Exhibition,” Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches,TX. James McGarrell juror. Juried Show.
1998 Cloud Cliff Art Space, “Portales: Region in Exile,” Santa Fe, NM. Two person show.
1997 Ridgefield Guild of Artists, “Paperworks 97,” Ridgefield, CT. Juried Show.
1997 Rathbone Gallery, “The Contemporary Figure,” Albany, NY. Juried Show.
1996 Las Vegas Arts Council, “The Face of Woman,” Las Vegas, NM. Juried Show.
1995 Phoenix Gallery, “’95 National Juried Competition,” New York, NY. Juried Show.
1995 Chautauqua Gallery, “38th National Exhibition of American Art,” Chautauqua, NY. Juried Show.
1994 Sacramento Fine Arts Center, “Magnum Opus VII” 7th International Exhibition. Sacramento, CA. Juried Show.
1994 Cooperstown Art Association, “59th Annual National Exhibition,” Cooperstown, NY. Juried Show.
1993 Running Water Draw Arts Festival, Cultural Arts Council, Inc. Plainview, TX. Juried Show.
1993 San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition, San Diego, CA. Juried Show.
1993 Las Vegas Arts Council, “The Face of Woman,” Las Vegas, NM. Juried Show.
1993 Eastern New Mexico University Art Gallery, Regional Woman’s Art Exhibition, “Creating Ourselves.” Portales, NM. Group Show.
1992-94 Windridge Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR.
1992 North Valley Art League-National Juried Art Show, Redding, CA. Juried Show.
1992 Carillon Gallery, Society of Watercolor Artists, 11th Annual Juried Exhibition, Ft. Worth, TX. Juried Show.
1991 Gray Gallery, “Treason In Images,” East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Solo Exhibition.
1990 The Artist Colony Gallery, “Paintings & Drawings,” Cameron, NY. Solo Exhibition.
1989 Farnham Gallery, “Transitions,” Simpson College, Indianola, IA. Solo Exhibition.
1988 Eubie Blake Cultural Center, “Living Work, Living Space,” Baltimore, MD. Group Show.
1988 Maryland Institute College of Art, “Graduate Show,” Baltimore, MD. Solo Exhibition.
1987 Associated Artist’s Gallery, “Recent Realism.” Buffalo, NY. Juried Show.
1987 Fox Hills Gallery, “5th Annual Salute to Black History Exhibition,” Los Angeles, CA. Juried Show.
1987 Maryland Institute College of Art, “LA & CO.,” Baltimore, MD. Group Show.
1986 Maryland Institute College of Art, ”Small Works,” Baltimore, MD. Group Show.
1982 Texas Christian University, “Out of Control,” Fort Worth, TX. Solo Exhibition.
1979 Tarrant County Junior College, “Mic’s Last Supper,” Fort Worth, TX. Solo Exhibition and Performance.
  Albuquerque Westside Journal, Review, January 26, 2001, (p6).
  Pasa Tiempo. Santa Fe’s Weekly Arts & Entertainment Magazine, The New Mexican, June 4-10, 1999, p.54
  T.H.E. Santa Fe’s Monthly Magazine of Arts, Review, March, 1998 (p37).
  Albuquerque Journal, Review, Sunday, February 1, 1998 (pD4).
  New York Times, Review, Sunday, June 8, 1997 (p18 CN).
  New York Times, Review, Friday, June 13, 1997 (pC1).
  Schenectady Gazette, Albany, NY, Review, Thursday, June 12, 1997.
  Greenville Daily Reflector, Review, February, 1991.
  Better Homes & Gardens, Painting Feature, Painting, March, 1991.
  Des Moines Register, Review. April, 1989.
  Baltimore City Paper, Review by D.S.Penne. Vol.11, No. 26. June 26-July 2, 1987.
  “The Blanch Ames National Juried Art Exhibition Catalog”, North Easton, MA. September 18 – October 6, 2012.
  “Originals 2007” Juried Exhiibition of New Mexico Women Artists, Taos, NM September 2007 - January 2008.
  “Originals 2005” Juried Exhibition of New Mexico Women Artists, Santa Fe, NM. Sept. 2005 - Feb. 2006.
  “Contour” Catalog, ENMU Art Department, Portales, NM. May 2003.
  Woman Artists from the Land of Enchantment Catalog, LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. June 5-24, 1999.
  Texas National ‘99 Catalog, SFA Gallery, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX. April 10-May 9, 1999.
  The Contemporary Figure Catalog, Rathbone Gallery, Albany, NY. May 29-June 30, 1997.
  The 59th Annual Cooperstown Art Association Catalog, Cooperstown, NY. June 26-Aug. 5, 1994.
  Creating Ourselves-A National Women’s Art Exhibition Catalog, Runnels Gallery, ENMU, Portales, NM. April 2-23, 1993.
  San Diego Watercolor Society Catalog, Poway Center for the Performing Arts Galley, Poway, CA July 31-Aug. 30, 1993.
  Creating Ourselves-National Women’s Art Exhibition Catalog, Runnels Gallery, ENMU, Portales, NM. Mar. 27-April 24,1992.
  Society of Watercolor Artists 1st Annual Exhibition Catalog, Carillon Gallery, Fort Worth, TX. February 6-March 6, 1992.
  Recent Realism Catalog, AAO Art Galleries, Buffalo, NY. May 16-June 16, 1987.
  Art Directors Club 65th Annual Exhibition. Photograph. 1986.
  Unforgettable Characters, Part I & II, Book Design. 1984-85.
  Double Arrow Studios, “Men of T.C.U.” Calendar design and photography, 1983.
  Joseph Wyndell Productions, “Neely Reynolds.” Album Cover Design. 1978.
  Double LL Productions, “Ron Walters.” Album Cover Design. 1978.
  Juror’s Award, Broadway Gallery Membership Group, Inc., Rathbone Gallery, “The Contemporary Figure” Exhibition. Albany, NY. 1997.
  Windsor Newton Award, Cooperstown Art Association 59th National Exhibition. NY. 1994.
  People’s Choice Award, Las Vegas Arts Council, “The Face of Woman” Las Vegas, NM. 1993.
  Honorable Mention, Regional Women’s Art Exhibition, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM. 1992. Lucy Lippard Juror.
  Juror’s Award, Society of Watercolor Artists, 11th Annual Exhibition. Fort Worth, TX. 1992. Polly Hammett Juror.
  Merit Award, Art Directors Club 65th Annual Exhibition. Photograph. 1986.
  Amelia Hardin, Currie, NC
  Wilbur Norman, Santa Fe, NM
  Dyanna Taylor, Santa Fe, NM
  Amala Ghosh, Victoria, British Columbia, CAN
  Tony Ghosh, New York, NY
  Lakeview United Methodist Church, Lacy Lakeview, TX
  Capitol Arts Foundation, Santa Fe, NM
  Julio Soto, San Jose, CA
  Las Cruces Fine Arts Museum, Las Cruces, NM
  St. James Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD
  Edith & Ernest Schwartz, Santa Fe, NM
  Lore Oswald, Rocky Point, NC
  Shelly Henry, Durant, OK
  Rebecca McKeever, Fort Worth, TX
  David Lewis, San Paulo, Brazil
  Giles McCrary II, Lubbock, TX
  Jacek Ghosh, Pittsburgh, PA
  Diane McKenzie, Fort Worth, TX
  Paul Ladehoff, Boulder, CO
  Kathy Cable, Greenvile, NC
  Jean & Dennis James, Carey, NC
  Michael Adams, Indianola, IA
  Peter Grace, Washington, D.C
  Sustaire Art Foundation, Talihina, OK
  Diane Foster, Fort Worth, TX
  Danny & Barbara Newcomb, Tupelo, MS
  R.O.Glaze, Arlington, TX
  Felipe Macias, Oxford, MS
  Neely Reynolds, Fort Worth, TX