About

Born in New Orleans in 1912, Kohlmeyer has been called one of the best Abstract Impressionist painters of the South. She began her career as an artist in mid-life after raising her family. She entered Newcomb College as an art student in 1950 and earned a master’s degree in painting. In 1956 she moved to Provincetown, Massachusetts to experiment with Abstract Expressionism alongside Hans Hofmann. Known for his use of color, Hoffman persuaded her to turn to abstraction in her work. She also later studied with Mark Rothko when he was artist in residence at Tulane University. In the 1970s, Ida developed her distinctive vocabulary of shape and symbols. In the early 1980s she began work on what would be her acclaimed series of boldly painted elaborately shaped metal sculpture. Ida worked every day in the studio adjacent to her Metairie home and rose garden until her death in January, 1997.

Kohlmeyer received a number of awards for her artistic achievement, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, Women’s Caucus for Art, New York, NY, USA (1980), the Museum Purchase Award, Twenty-first Southeastern Annual Exhibition, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, USA (1966), and the Ford Foundation Purchase Award, Twenty-eighth Corcoran Biennial of Contemporary American Painting, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA (1963). Her work has been featured in many prominent museum collections including the Corcoran Museum, Washington D.C.; Weisman Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Jewish Museum, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Collection of Art, Smithsonian, Washington D.C.; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.

Exhibition

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011 Works From the Estate: 1957-1996, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2008 Standing Among Giants, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA
2007 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2004 Systems of Color, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (book)
2003 Arthur Roger Gallery on Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA
1997 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Masur Museum, Monroe, LA
Mobile Museum, Mobile, AL
Lauren Rogers Museum, Laurel, MS
1996 Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, MO
1995 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY
Betty Moody Gallery, Houston, TX
1994 Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
Allene Lapides Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Robert F. Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Betty Moody Gallery, Houston, TX
Heath Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1993 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Mary Ryan Gallery, New York
Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN
1992 Allene Lapides Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Heath Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1991 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Betty Moody Gallery, Houston, TX
Robert F. Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, AL
1990 Gimpel Weitzenhoffer, New York, NY
Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY
Allene Lapides Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Hokin/Kaufman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1989 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Allene Lapides Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Heath Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1988 Robert L. Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN
Gloria Luria Gallery, Bay Harbor, FL
1987 Hokin/Kaufman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Shidoni Gallery, Tesuque, NM
Heath Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1986 Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Gimpel and Weitzenhoffer, New York, NY
William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Betty Moody Gallery, Houston, TX
1985 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Ida Kohlmeyer Sculpture 1968-1985, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
1984 Artworks '84, Louisiana World Exposition, New Orleans, LA
Gimpel Fils, London, England
Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN
1983-85 Ida Kohlmeyer: Thirty Years, Traveling Exhibition, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, AL; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; Cheekwood Museum, Nashville, TN; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN; McAllen International Museum, McAllen, TX; Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1982 David Findlay Galleries, New York, NY
Betty Moody Gallery, Houston, TX
1980 David Findlay Galleries, New York, NY
1979 Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA
1977 Heath Gallery, Atlanta, GA
William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1976 David Findlay Galleries, New York, NY
Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA
1975 Ida Kohlmeyer-Painting & Sculpture, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
1974 Henri Gallery, Washington, D.C.
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Municipal Art Gallery, Jackson, MS
1972 Retrospective, The Turman Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
Retrospective, The High Museum, Atlanta, GA
Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA
1968 Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX
The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
Henri Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1967 The Greenville County Museum, Greenville, SC
Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, AL
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
1966 New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
1965 Ruth White Gallery, New York, NY
Municipal Art Gallery, Jackson, MS
1964 Henri Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, AL
1962 Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA
1961 Henri Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Ruth White Gallery, New York, NY


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1992 Three-person show with Lynda Benglis and Clyde Connell, Masur Museum, Monroe, LA
The Feminine Perspective, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
Art of the American South, from the Ogden Collection in the residence of the U. S. Ambassador, Brunei
1990-91 Four Centuries of Women's Art, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, traveling throughout Japan, organized by Asahi Shibum
1990 Women's Work -- Hidden Treasures, Gallery 44, Boulder, CO
Fifty Master Drawing, The Meadow Museum of Art, Shreveport, LA
1989 Made in America, Virginia Beach Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach, VA, curated by Jane Kessler
New Orleans 1989, A View of Contemporary Women Artists, sponsored by the New Orleans Women's Caucus for Art
Sculptures, Reliefs and Drawings, Gimpel Fils, London
1988 Selected Works, Frederick R. Weisman Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art, LA
1987 Southern Abstraction, The City Gallery of Contemporary Art, Raleigh, NC
Women's Sculpture Exhibition, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH
Panelist, Color in Sculpture, National Sculpture Conference, Cincinnati, OH
1986 Moderator, Louisiana as Environment: Its Influence on Five Artistic Expressions, Arts Council of New Orleans, LA
Panelist, Chicago International Art Exposition, Chicago, IL, Moderator: Franz Schultz
A Cabinet of Drawings, Gimpel Fils, London
1986-88 Elders of the Tribe, organized by the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York, NY (traveling exhibition)
1985 Interplay: An Exhibition of Painted Sculpture, Summit Art Center, Summit, NJ
American Women in Art: Works on Paper and an American Album, Nairobi, Kenya
Symposium, Contemporary Relationships: Artist-Teachers and Their Students, Pratt Institute, New York, NY
1983-85 Painting in the South: 1564-1980, organized by Virginia Museum, Richmond, VA, curated by Donald Kuspit
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
National Academy of Design, New York, NY
Jackson Museum, Jackson, MS
J. B. Speed Museum, Louisville, KY
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
1980 Annual Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts, presented by the National Women's Caucus for Art, (other recipients: Ann Albers, Louise Bourgeois, Caroline Dureiux and Lee Krasner)
1978 Aesthetics of Grafitti, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1977 Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN
American Art at Home, Britain, American Embassy, London
Panelist in collaboration with Joan Snyder, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts, Winston-Salem, NC
1976 American Artists '76: A Celebration, Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX
1975 North, East, West, South, Middle Exhibition of Contemporary American Drawings organized by Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Pratt Graphics Center, New York, NY
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX
LaJolla Museum of Contemporary Art, LaJolla, CA
1974 Achievement Award, National Society of Literature & The Arts, New Orleans, LA
1973 Artists Biennial Winners, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Davidson National Print and Drawing Competition, juried by Clement Greenberg, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
1972 Third Bienal de Arte Coltejer, Medellin, Colombia
1968 LaJolla Museum of Contemporary Art, LaJolla, CA
Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
Fine Arts Department, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1967 Fine Arts Department, Yale University, New Haven, CT
4 Man Show, J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, KY
Biennial of Contemporary American Painting, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1966 21st Southeastern Annual Exhibition, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
An Anthology of Modern American Painting from collections of the High Museum, Atlanta and the Whitney Museum, New York; The High Museum, Atlanta, GA; The Whitney Museum, New York
Art Across America, Knoedler Galleries, New York, NY
1965 National Midyear Show, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
1964 26th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Palm Beach, FL, curated by Thomas M. Messer
An Anthology of Modern American Painting, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
7th Annual Painting of the Year Exhibition, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
1963 69th Western Annual, Denver Art Museum, CO
18th Southwestern Annual Exhibition, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Inter-American Annual Exhibition of American Painting, Centro Artistico, Colombia, South America
Biennial of Contemporary American Painting, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1962 Painting and Sculpture, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
Painting of the Year Exhibition, The High Museum, Atlanta, GA
Americans 1962, Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond, VA
National Midyear Show, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
1961 1st National Exhibition, juried by Hilton Kramer, Knoxville Art Center, TN
Annual Exhibition of Southwest American Art, Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK, curated by Clement Greenberg
National Midyear Show, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH


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