A Kansas native, Margie Kuhn grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and attended Kansas University and the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She earned an undergraduate degree in scientific illustration and worked as a freelance scientific illustrator for a few years before she began teaching art at area art centers and museums. This experience inspired a return to school, where she earned a Masters of Art Museum Education and later a Masters of Fine Arts in painting. Kuhn taught at Baker University and at Washburn University and was the Education Coordinator at the Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka, Kansas before joining the KU Design Department in 2000.
Kuhn exhibits her drawings and paintings nationally. Her large installation documenting 20th century artifacts, Evidence of Human Occupation, has been exhibited in Kentucky, Illinois, Colorado, and Missouri. She is associated with a group of national artists that explore material culture in the series of changing exhibitions-- “Extraordinary Things: A Study of Contemporary Art Through Material Culture”-- which has been shown in Connecticut and Indiana. Kuhn’s drawings and paintings have also been displayed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Wichita Art Museum, Salina Art Center, Springfield Art Museum, and the National Academy Galleries in New York. Her work is in public and private collections in the United States and Europe. Kuhn has given presentations on aesthetics, art criticism, and installation art to several universities, as well as the Kansas Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association.