Happy Birthday Ida Kohlmeyer! Today We Celebrate You!

Bradley Sumrall, Curator of the Collection at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, wishes Ida Kohlmeyer a Happy Birthday! ⁣

Born on November 3, 1912 in New Orleans to immigrants from Poland, Ida Kohlmeyer (1912–1997), is one of the most respected abstract painters of the American South. She studied English Literature at Tulane University, where she received her B.A. in 1933. She began her art studies at John McCrady’s Art School in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1947. She later earned her M.F.A. from Tulane’s Newcomb College in 1956. After graduating, she traveled to Massachusetts to take classes with Hans Hofmann, where she became highly influenced by Abstract Expressionism. ⁣

Ida Kohlmeyer is part of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Permanent Collection, and was included in the 2018 exhibition, The Whole Drum Will Sound: Women in Southern Abstraction, curated by Bradley Sumrall, Curator of the Collection.