Karl and Mildred Nungester Wolfe were each exceptionally well-trained artists when they moved to Mississippi after World War II. Both had won major prizes for their work and were exhibiting widely. They established their studio in1946, at the present location which was then outside the City of Jackson.
Working in a wide range of media and form - painting, mosaic, printmaking, stained glass, and ceramics - Karl and Mildred created many works of art for public spaces as well as an important body of work held in collections nationwide. Karl became a portraitist in great demand, and although Mildred painted portraits as well, she focused on landscapes and scenes of everyday life.
Their influence on the community was also noteworthy - as teachers at Millsaps College and active participants in Allison's Wells Art Colony, the Municipal Art Gallery, and the Mississipi Art Association.
In recogition of the remarkable continuity of the creative activity within the Wolfe Studio, of the artistic influence of Karl and Mildred in the community, and of the work of these mature and thoughtful artists, the Wolfe Studio was honored to receive the 2009 Governor's Award for Artistic Excellence in Visual Arts.
"Karl Wolfe" (Dollarhide photo)
"Mildred Nungester Wolfe" (Jerry Segal)
After Karl's death in 1984, Mildred was joined by her daughter Elizabeth (Bebe) Wolfe. Together, they continued the studio tradition; producing paintings, small sculptures, mosaics, hand-made prints, and ceramics, all bearing the distinction that marks the work of mature and thoughtful artists.
While Mildred retired from the daily studio activities in October, 2001, she continued to paint until 2004, well into her 90's.
Mildred Nungester Wolfe died peacefully at home February 11, 2009, at the age of 96. We feel blessed to have had her with us those last years. We will all miss her dearly.
Elizabeth (Bebe) Wolfe (2004)
After Mildred's retirement from the studio in 2001 Bebe edited a retrospective of her mother's seven decades of life work, Mildred Nungester Wolfe, published in 2005 by University Press of Mississippi. Books signed by Bebe can be purchased at the studio.