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Artist envisions mainstreaming art
by Savannah Weeks
December 13, 2012 10:24 AM | 2759 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Nathan Self<br>
Painter and photographer Christopher Kuhl recently returned from a trip to the International Multi-media Arts Exhibition in Yangong, Myanmar.
Staff / Nathan Self
Painter and photographer Christopher Kuhl recently returned from a trip to the International Multi-media Arts Exhibition in Yangong, Myanmar.

Christopher Kuhl has traveled worldwide to show his art.

After being invited to showcase his paintings in Myanmar last month, the Sandy Springs resident has made it his mission to travel back to the country to teach art to Myanmar children.

Kuhl was the only American artist selected for the three-day art show known as the inaugural International Multimedia Art Exhibition in Yangon, Myanmar.

“While being chosen was a great honor, I wanted to go back and do workshops with children,” he said. “The U.S. is a new friend of Burma [Myanmar], and I think this is a great opportunity to get together and get things going.”

The artist practices photography and painting. He has exhibited his work in France, Spain, The Hague, Netherlands and at the Ginza Hall in Tokyo. Kuhl’s arts and cultural writings have been published in Art in America and other notable trade papers and magazines, and his work has been commissioned by The New Yorker and The Atlantic.

“Chris has a great knack for immersing himself in diverse cultures, then channeling his perceptions — semi-abstractly — through concise, vivid paintings and drawings,” said Richard Vine, senior art editor at Art in America.

Kuhl is in the process of seeking private and corporate donations to support what he is calling Burma Mission 2013. He is dedicating the trip to his late mother, Mary Lu Kuhl, and his sister, Kathy Kuhl Knupp, who he said have inspired him to keep at his art. Kuhl said he has received a letter of support from U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and hopes to make the trip in February. “I need supplies for children’s centers and art places,” he said. “I plan to do workshops for about a month, then travel around and show my work. They have a lot of really nice galleries there that have started to pop out.”

After he finishes his mission to Myanmar, Kuhl said he would like to travel around Indian reservations in the U.S. and teach art to children. Kuhl said he would focus on reservations in Washington state, Utah and Oregon.

“I feel like I’m being led by some kind of inner thing to do this,” he said. “I want to meet these people, talk to them, learn from them. You know, in these tough times for everyone, it’s kind of like recharging our batteries.”

A closer look: To donate to Burma Mission 2013, email Christopher Kuhl at

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