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John Muench
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Medford, MA
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Painter, printmaker; born in Medford, MA; studied at the Art Students League in New York and in France; lives in Portland, ME John Muench, Westbrook College's only artist in residence (1976-1980) and founder of the Maine Printmaking Workshop at Westbrook College (1977-1983), was a consummate artist and one of the country's leading lithographers who printed his own stones and brought the use of bold and subtle colors powerfully to bear in his work. Muench has said, "There is, for me, a never-ending fascination and continuing excitement with what happens with pressure, inks and paper." John Muench was born in Medford, MA, on Oct. 15, 1914. He was the son of James Adams Muench and Marjorie Davie Muench. On Sept. 6, 1941, he married Barbara Davey and they had four children, Robin, Anthony, Katherine, and Jon. A painter and lithographer, he was largely self-taught, with some training at the Art Students League in New York and Academie Julien in Paris. He served as Director of the School of Fine and Applied Art in Portland, Maine from 1958-1965 and as Associate Professor of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1965-1976. He ended his academic tenure as director of the Maine Printmaking Workshop and as artist-in-residence at Westbrook College in Portland, Maine. His paintings and prints have been exhibited in galleries around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, The National Museum in Jerusalem, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Locally, his work has been displayed at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, and at the Joan Whitney Payson Gallery in Portland. Several of his works are included in the University of Maine art collection. He died August 13, 1993 at the age of 78.