Limestone Art Gallery To Showcase Alumna's "Drawing Fire" Exhibit

Charles Wyatt
Drawing Fire

The Limestone University Art Gallery has announced its third exhibit for the 2022-2023 academic year, hosting alumna J. Marlene Mueller’s “Drawing Fire: A Retrospective.”

The Gallery will host a reception and Artist Talk on the opening night of the exhibit, Friday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. The exhibit will run through January 13, 2023. Admission is free.

Located inside the Hines & Riggins Center, the Gallery is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays, although that schedule is subject to change when Limestone is closed for the holidays.

In “Drawing Fire: A Retrospective,” Mueller pulls from her experience as a volunteer firefighter to capture the beauty and power of fire, using photographs of flames and burning objects to then inspire drawings from charcoal, chalk, and pastels.

Mueller, who resides in Charlotte, graduated from Limestone with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Education in 1970. From there, she earned her Master of Arts in Painting in 1972 and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting in 1974, both from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

In 1975, Mueller began her career as a Professor of Art at Wayne State College in Nebraska, where she was eventually offered a tenure track position and taught for 43 years. She retired in 2018 as Professor Emerita.

In addition to her work in academia, Mueller’s artwork has been showcased at local and regional art galleries, museums, and art centers. Many of her works are in private and institutional art collections throughout Nebraska and Iowa.

For more information about the exhibit, contact the Gallery Director Emily Tuttle at