Artist Vitae

Miriam McClung is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and a graduate of the University of Alabama, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She studied at the Art Students League in New York, under Mark Rothko at the University of Colorado Boulder, and at the Farnsworth School in Sarasota. Her work as been exhibited in Japan, in Dallas at the Museum of Biblical Arts and throughout the Southeastern United States. In 2018, she was recognized among Celebrated Women's Artists in Alabama at the Magic City Art Connection.

Education & Continuous Learning

University of Alabama

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
1953-1957

Mark Rothko

Summer Study Course
University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado
1956

Art Students League

New York City, New York
1959

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Worked under Marshall Davidson, American Collection Curator
New York City, New York
1959

Farnsworth School

Portrait Painting
Sarasota, Florida
1963

Burnsville Painting Classes

Landscape, Plein Aire, Watercolor
Burnsville, North Carolina
1980s

Art Workshops

Throughout the Southeast and the United States
1980-2019

DISTINCTIONS

  • Magic City Art Connection, Celebrated Women Artists in Alabama
  • Magic City Art Connection,What They’re Doing Now:  A Retrospective of the Best of 25 Years
  • Magic City Art Connection, Best of Show, 1989
  • Opelika Art Festival, Best of Show
  • Art and the Alabama Woman, Merritt Award
  • Birmingham Biennial, Birmingham Museum of Art, 1975

AWARDS

  • Alabama Watercolor Society
  • Southeastern Pastel Society
  • St. Joseph’s Parrish Religious Show
  • Redstone Arsenal Inspirational Show
  • Dauphin Street Church Religious Works Show
  • Mountain Brook Art Festival Show
  • Alabama Women Show, Mobile College, Award of Merritt

COLLECTIONS

  • South Trust Bank
  • First Methodist Church, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham, Alabama
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Birmingham, Alabama
  • St. Mary’s School Louisiana
  • Private collections throughout the Southeast

Individual Exhibitions

Scenes of Birmingham & Alabama

Aldridge gardens | 2019

Miriam McClung was the featured artist of the summer at the beautiful Aldridge Gardens main gallery in Hoover, Alabama. Works spotlighted scenes from Birmingham and Alabama by Miriam over 50 years. Special thanks to curator and artist Amy Peterson for organizing the show and Aldridge Gardens Director, Rip Weaver, for hosting the art at such a beautiful location.

Stations of the Cross

ST. PETER'S ANGLICAN CHURCH | 2018

Sponsored by St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Mountain Brook, Alabama featuring many of her biblically inspired paintings and works depicting the Stations of the Cross. Many thanks to Kat Ladd who curated and coordinated the show.

I See Him Everywhere

university of west alabama, webb hall gallery | 2018

The Julia Tutwiler Library at the University of West Alabama, Livingston, will hosted an exhibit of biblically-inspired paintings entitled I See Him Everywhere, featuring works based on places in Birmingham and Alabama. Many thanks to the University and Provost Dr. Tim Edwards and his wife Kathy Edwards for sponsoring and curating this exhibit.

Way of the Cross

OAK MOUNTAIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH | 2018

Sponsored by INSPERO and hosted at , Alabama featuring many of her biblically inspired paintings and works depicting the Stations of the Cross. Many thanks to Kat Ladd who curated and coordinated the show.

“For the past thirty years have been doing Biblical work and have had great fun using our city and surrounding areas as the background especially a series called the Stations of the Cross. Sometimes I never know where or why I am out there drawing or painting and then the last work appears not by magic but angel unaware creating something out of the life of Christ or the Bible. My recent work is a large drawing of Moses on the Creek being found by the Pharaoh’s daughter. Being Easter week. I am amazed at the Lord revealing the work after years of having fun painting and sketching English Village, He gave me the idea and picture of Christ Entering Jerusalem, The Purple Cloth on Good Friday at Five Points South, The Nativity at Crestline Village, and finally an ongoing work of Emmaus at Mountain Brook Village. My efforts are small but it has been an amazing journey when I turned over my work to Him.”

—Miriam McClung, Artist

Scenes from the Bible in Art

Covenant Presbyterian Church, joy gallery | 2015

The Joy Gallery at Homewood Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Homewood, Alabama hosted a wonderful show of Miriam’s biblical-themed art. The gallery focuses on local and regional emerging artists and is curated by Maud Coirier-Belser and Tom Dameron, who are both well respected artists in their own right. 

Walking in His Footsteps

university of west alabama, webb gallery | 2012

“This is the story my journey to walk where
Jesus walked. To see the mountains He saw. To smell the
flowers He smelled. To walk by the water He walked on.
To breathe the air He breathed.”
—Miriam McClung, Artist

In 2003, Miriam went on an art tour of sites around the Holy Land. She painted some of her most memorable works from her trip there. This exhibit was the first to show all the works on Israel that came out of that tour. Many thanks to the University of West Alabama and Provost Dr. Tim Edwards and his wife Kathy Edwards for sponsoring and curating this exhibit.

Scenes from the Holy Land

The Country Club of Birmingham | 2008

The Women’s Committee of 100 for Birmingham hosted an event saluting the State of Israel and the Kingdom of Jordan at the Country Club of Birmingham in Alabama. Miriam’s work from her 2003 trip to the Holy Land was the featured art on display for the event. 

Jesus & Beyond

university of the ozarks | 2012

“In displaying these works I hope viewers will encounter a Jesus beyond the person they have known before.”
—Miriam McClung, Artist

This exhibit of Miriam’s work was sponsored by Dr. and Mrs Tim and Kathy Edwards at the University of the Ozarks‘ Walton Fine Arts Center, Stephens Gallery in Clarksville, Arkansas. It featured many of her biblically inspired paintings.

The Gardener

museum of biblical art | 2003

The Museum of Biblical Art (formerly the Biblical Arts Center before a fire destroyed the building in 2005) in Dallas, Texas, purpose is to “utilize the arts as a means to help people of all faiths more clearly envision the places, events, and people of the bible. Miriam had a solo exhibit there called “The Gardener” which focused on her biblical works.

Special Shows & Exhibitions

  • Magic City Art Connection, Celebrated Women Artists in Alabama
  • Birmingham Biennial, Birmingham Museum of Art
  • Inspero “Those Who Weep” Show, Birmingham, AL
  • Aldridge Gardens, “Scenes of Birmingham and Alabama”, Hoover, AL
  • Alabama Pastel Society International Exhibit
  • Pastel Society of the West Coast Show, California
  • Red Clay Survey of Contemporary Southern Art
  • Exhibition of Contemporary Birmingham Artists, Hitachi, Japan
  • Midwest Pastel Show
  • Florida Pastel Show
  • Jacksonville State University Art Gallery
  • Briarwood Presbyterian Church, “The Art of Encouragement” Show
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