Mildred Nungester Wolfe
     Mildred Nungester Wolfe was born in Ohio in 1912.  She grew up in Decatur, Alabama, and graduated from Alabama’s Montevallo College for Women.  She  studied at the Art Students League in New York and at the Art Institute of Chicago, and received an MFA degree from the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.  Mildred Nungester was married in 1944 to the late Mississippi artist Karl Wolfe, and made her home with him in Jackson, Mississippi.

     Working through five decades, Mildred Wolfe experimented with and mastered a variety of media: oil, watercolor, pastel, ceramics, printmaking, mosaic, and stained glass.  A portraitist of note, her portrait of Eudora Welty was purchased by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Mildred as a young woman.
Mildred and Bebe at the studio.
     After Karl’s death in 1984, she shared a studio and gallery with her artist daughter, Elizabeth (Bebe) Wolfe, and was still actively painting several mornings a week until ill health and frailty finally prevented her from working at the age of 92.  She died peacefully in her beloved home at the age of 96 in 2009.
 Her work is in the collections of the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Lauren Rodgers Museum in Laurel, the Huntsville and Montgomery Museums of Art in Alabama, the Library of Congress and the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., as well as in many distinguished private collections.
 In 2005 the University Press of Mississippi published a book of her work, titled Mildred Nungester Wolfe, edited by Elizabeth Wolfe, with an introduction by Mississippi writer Ellen Douglas.

Mildred was looking forward to Bebe's receiving the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts, honoring the remarkable creative continuity of the Wolfe's lifetime of work.  She died in the spring of 2009, two weeks before the ceremony.

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