Paul Uhlmann, Jr. (1920-2016)

Paul Uhlmann, Jr. (1920-2016)

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Rarely in the life of an institution does an individual make a profound and indelible mark on both its history and future.  Such was the case with Paul Uhlmann, Jr., and his relationship to Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Throughout his life, Paul earned a remarkable reputation as a respected Kansas City business, civic, and cultural leader. His passing on March 30, 2016, provides cause to reflect on his legacy and impact at Kemper Museum.

What began as a connection between the Kemper and Uhlmann families expanded to incorporate Paul’s extraordinary love of art as part of a life well lived. The Museum’s Barbara & Paul Uhlmann Gallery pays homage to his generosity, as well as the memory of his beloved wife.

During the past decade, Paul’s support of Kemper Museum resulted in the addition of nearly a dozen significant works of art to the Permanent Collection. His love of beauty and ideas shines through in the gifted photograph The Bridesmaids in Pink (1995) by Tina Barney. Most recently, Paul took his usual personal interest by adding Vera (2013) (at left) by the painter Hope Gangloff to the Museum’s Permanent Collection. In addition, Paul provided essential support for the care and protection of the works of art in the Permanent Collection.

We will miss Paul’s quick wit and intellect, his deep commitment to Kemper Museum as both a cultural and civic jewel, and his ability to engage in a conversation on nearly any topic. Thank you, Paul, for your longstanding support of Kemper Museum, and the many ways that you enriched our lives.


Barbara O'Brien
Executive Director


Image credit: Hope Gangloff, Vera, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 81 x 54 inches. Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Paul Uhlmann, Jr., 2013.2. © Hope Gangloff, courtesy of Susan Inglett Gallery, New York