Stephen C Kuhlman

Stephen C Kuhlman


From the observations of his earliest teachers to his family and friends, it was always a foregone conclusion that Steve would pursue visual arts. He received a BFA degree in painting from Ohio University and later an Associate degree in Commercial Art/Advertising.

In the late 70s, while continuing to paint, Kuhlman began his career in advertising as an art director for a small Louisville, Kentucky advertising agency. As the agency grew and expanded, he held positions in creative services and management. During his thirty years in the business—and ultimately part ownership—the agency grew from a small local firm to a highly regarded creative agency serving regional and national clients.

Artists who influenced Kuhlman’s work include Andrew Wyeth, with his restrained color palette and attention to detail; Richard Diebenkorn, with his abstract compositions in the “Ocean Park” series; as well as realist painters from the late 60s and early 70s. Closer to home, Kuhlman studied with and was inspired by Homer Hacker, a noted watercolorist and AWS member.

Kuhlman returned full time to his fine arts roots a few years ago with the opening of his studio in downtown Louisville, where he regularly spends five days a week working in his preferred medium of watercolor.

Kuhlman’s highly awarded work has appeared in regional and national exhibitions and is held in private and corporate collections.


Various corporate and private collections.


Transparent Watercolor Society of America
Edgar A. Whitney Memorial Award, 2019

American Watercolor Society
Joan Rothermel Memorial Award, 2018

MOWS International Exhibition, Quingdao, China
John Singer Sargent Award, 2018

Kentucky Watercolor Society
Claudia M. George Memorial Award, 2017
Kentucky Artist Award, 2016

RECENT Juried Exhibitions:

National Watercolor Society 99th Annual International Open Exhibition 2019

39th San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition 2019


American Watercolor Society
Signature Member 2018

Missouri Watercolor Society
Signature Member 2018

Kentucky Watercolor Society
Signature Member 2017

Transparent Watercolor Society of America

Steve is represented by Louisville’s Pyro Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky. Pyro represents select professionals working in diverse styles and mediums.