Southwest Florida artist Muffy Clark Gill uses the ancient batik process to produce paintings on fabric. Her images of the tropics, its people, landscape and architecture and specifically her ongoing series of Florida’s Seminole Indians has earned significant recognition through awards, public and private commissions. She has had over twenty solo exhibitions of her work, exhibited in prestigious venues such as the:
Museum of the Everglades
Wirtz Gallery, First National Bank of South Miami
Marco Island Historical Museum
Southwest Florida Museum of History
Art Lab, Florida Gulf Coast University
Falciglia Gallery, International College
Conservancy of Southwest Florida
With a career spanning more than thirty years, Muffy Clark Gill’s work has been included in over 70 regional, state and national juried and invitational exhibitions and festivals throughout the state. She has received a total of 50+ awards including Best in Show, Merit and Purchase Awards for her work by internationally renowned professionals in the contemporary art field such as Diane Cambier, Bonnie Clearwater, Elaine Gustafson, Donald Kuspit, Ned Rifkin, Faith Ringgold, and Daniel Stetson. In 1997, Muffy Clark Gill received national recognition in having her work selected for the Top 100, National Arts for the Parks competition, a national traveling exhibition.
Two works by Muffy Clark Gill were selected for purchase by the Florida Art-in-State Buildings public art program; one in 2011 for the Florida Gulf Coast University’s Administration Building, Fort Myers, and the other in 2003 for the Volusia County Courthouse, Deland.
Muffy was selected to show in the 22nd Gallery in the Florida State Capital in Tallahasse, Florida from Feb. 1, 2015-April 30th, 2015.
Muffy Clark Gill’s work is in the permanent collection of the following Florida museums:
- Collier County Museum
- Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples
- Museum of the Everglades
- Philharmonic Center for the Arts
Her work has been collected by private individuals, as well as corporations including:
- Physicians Regional Medical Center
- Whole Foods Market
- Northern Trust Bank
- Lely Development Corporation
In talking about Muffy Clark Gill’s work, Leesa Hubbell, author of the article “Batik in the USA” from the October 2007 issue of Surface Design magazine states she “has developed a signature language with wax, and that the impressions of the vanishing Seminole people of southern Florida with shading, texture, color, and figure/ground contrast is unsurpassed.”
In 2001, Muffy Clark Gill was featured in the book “Batik for Artists and Quilters”, by Eloise Piper, Hand Books Press. Art writers and critics have written extensively about Muffy Clark Gill in articles for publications such as Life In Naples Magazine,Naples Daily News, Gulfshore Life Magazine, The Journal of Surface Design Association, Fort Myers News Press, Bonita Living Magazine, and WGCU Public Media “Expressions” Magazine.
Muffy Clark Gill received her BFA, Graphic Design, Boston University College of Fine Arts, Boston, MA in 1977 and furthered her independent studies at the DeCordova Museum School, Lincoln, MA. She maintains her residence and studio in Naples, Florida.