Kim Kinard Schuessler, an artist, educator, and philanthropist is one of the most popular figurative painters in the southeast. Sourcing paper from each destination she visits, she employs color, texture, and pattern to create collages and paintings that connect the viewer to everyday experiences. Her southern roots, extensive travel, and love of fashion influence her paintings. Her complex collages evoke human emotions that speak of joy and love.
Kim received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia and studied art at Parsons School of Design in New York. She also studied aboard in Cortona, Italy as well as in Dijon, France at the Université of Bourgogne. After graduation, Kim furthered her education and earned an Arts Education degree.
Currently, Kim is a board member at The Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York, where she serves on the design committee which is responsible for the National Design Awards. Kim also serves on the board of Readers for the Future in Puerto Rico. Appointed by two different Governors, Kim served several terms on The Georgia Council of the Arts before moving to Hong Kong.
“To date, my greatest sense of accomplishment has been seeing people enjoy my works at places I never imagined- the Hank Aaron Museum grand opening, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the conference room at Spanx as well as Spanx products, The Congressional Ladies Luncheon in DC and in periodicals such as INSTYLE, Better Homes and Gardens, The Atlantan, Creative Loafing, and many others. I am an optimist who wants my audience to pursue their passion, find joy in everyday occurrences, and cherish those they love.”
For me, success is the act of giving. Whether it be of my time, my art, my enthusiasm or just a simple smile. There is no better joy than experiencing the gift of giving.
Kim resides between Puerto Rico and New York City. Kim and her husband, Mac Schuessler, have three grown children: Emme, Swann and Mac.