November 04 2011

Professor Wins $25K First Prize

Peter Simon Müllhäuβer, a sculpture professor at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, has been named the winner of the prestigious Charlatan Ink Art Prize.  This competition, which drew over 1,000 contestants from 54 countries, is an annual event based each year in a different city throughout the world.  The 2011 competition was set in New York City and gave as its theme the question, “Where do we come from? What are we?  Where are we going?” 

Entries were permitted in both two and three dimensions in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, sculpture, photography, installations, animation and video installations.

Müllhäuβer submitted a sculpture of an unclothed boy with upturned, clenched fists molded in aluminum and titled, “Questionmark.”  The relatively small (36 inches high), but striking, piece clearly drew the eye of the seven independent judges from around the world.

The judges were David Bromley (Australia), Mercedes Helnwein (Austria), Jason Freeny (USA), Mikael Alacoque (Great Britain), David Rex Livingstone (Australia), Gigi Bio (USA) and Alana Victoria Hunt (Australia).  Each is an eminent, working sculptor in his/her own right, who was required to review the submitted work of the 25 finalists independently and judge it on a point-scale.  The scores were then tallied to determine the winner.

Twenty-nine-year-old Müllhäuβer, who wins a cash prize of $25,000 and the Charlatan Ink Well Trophy for his labors, was surprised and delighted with his success.  “I really wasn’t expecting to be a finalist,” he says, continuing, “But to win ... it is wonderful.”

Brian Craig-Wankiiri, Chair of the Sculpture Department at Lyme Academy College, comments, “We are delighted with Peter’s success.  It is an indisputable acknowledgement of what the faculty at the College is already well aware—that Peter is an extraordinarily talented sculptor and we are excited that he is a member of our faculty and able to share his skills with our students pursuing undergraduate, Post-Baccalaureate and Certificate degrees.”

Müllhäuβer’s home in Germany is Bad Boll near Stuttgart, but he now divides his time between there and his New York City home in Brooklyn. He studied at the Johannes Steinhäuser in Lasa, Italy, and received an MFA from the New York Academy of Art.  Apart from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, he also teaches at the New York Academy. 

He is represented by the Janinebeangallery in Berlin, Germany, the 532 gallery Thomas Jaeckel in Chelsea, NYC, and Galleria Accesso in Pietrastanta, Italy.

Examples of several of Müllhäuβer’s works are currently on display in the Chauncey Stillman Gallery at Lyme Academy College as part of the Studio Faculty Exhibition 2011/2012, which is on view through Jan. 14, 2012.  Admission to the exhibition is free and the gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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