Bruce Muirhead

Clinton, NY



Bruce Muirhead has been painting, drawing, making etchings and teaching art in upstate New York for 50 years. Until his retirement in 2020, he was Professor of Art at Hamilton College. Before that he taught at Middlebury College in Vermont. He holds a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from Boston University and is a YADDO Fellow. Over the years, Bruce has exhibited his work widely and is in many collections both public and private.

Of his etchings, Bruce says, “I use many techniques including soft ground, hard ground, dry point, aquatint and a great deal of scraping and burnishing. My subject matter is about memory and imagination but the work is mostly about drawing itself; drawing as a language, drawing as a way to touch, hold and to capture what I see. Drawing is seeing. It’s the process of tying the eye, the mind and the hand into the act of seeing. From my experiences drawing makes us human and is the source of all ideas. The earliest memories I have as a child are of drawing on our kitchen table, it coincided with reading and writing. This sounds like an exaggeration, but it’s important to remember that the first written language were drawings inside caves”.

Sisters by the Ocean, intaglio, 8″ x 10″
Striped Smokestacks, intaglio, 11″ x 16″
Woman with Tapestry, intaglio, 10″ x 8″