D. Jeffrey Mims

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D. Jeffrey Mims
Underpainting for Self Portrait.jpg
Born 1954
North Carolina, United States
Nationality American
Known for Mural Painting
Movement Classical Realism
Awards Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation grant, Arthur Ross Award, Alma Schapiro Prize

D. Jeffrey Mims is a painter, educator, lecturer, and muralist who has been at the forefront of the revival of the classical tradition for the past 30 years. Mims attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In 1976, he received a Greenshields Foundation grant to support independent study in the museums of England, France, and Italy and in 1981 returned to Florence, Italy where he studied with the American painter Benjamin F. Long. For over a decade, he maintained studios in Italy and the US, during which time he executed both easel and public mural paintings. In recognition for his work in traditional fresco painting Classical America presented Mims with an Arthur Ross Award in 1984 for ‘excellence and integrity in the application of classical ideals’. He was awarded an Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 2009 from The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art and is a member of the INTBAU College of Traditional Practitioners. Mims has lectured on historic collaborations between artists and architects for, among other organizations, the ICAA and the University of Notre Dame.


D. Jeffrey Mims is founder and director of the Academy of Classical Design, a school of fine art with an emphasis on traditional mural painting and architectural decoration. The Academy serves as the educational branch of The Classical Design Foundation, a US based non-profit which was established for the preservation and practice of classical design in the public realm.

The Academy of Classical Design curriculum includes: Drawing from the Charles Bargue Cour des Dessins, Tonal and Color Sketching, Drawing and Painting after Antique Plaster Casts, Old Master Copies, Grisaille Painting, Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting, Landscape Painting, Composition and Ornamental Design, and a Master Class in Mural Painting and Buon Fresco.

Interior of the Cast Studio - Academy of Classical Design - Southern Pines, NC

Selected writings[edit]

2016 "Creating a Classical Academy" Traditional Building Magazine. April 2016. [1]

2010 "Caput Mundi (Capital of the World)" Fine Art Connoisseur. July 2010. pp. 41 – 44 [2][2]

2006 "Slow Painting / A Deliberate Renaissance" Oglethorpe University Museum, Atlanta, Georgia—catalogue with contributed essay.[3]


1976 - Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation grant[4]

1984 - Classical America - Arthur Ross Award[5]

2009 - The Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America - Alma Schapiro Prize - Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome[6]


  • D. Jeffrey Mims, "Caput Mundi (Capital of the World)," Fine Art Connoisseur, August 2010, vol. 7, i. 4, pp. 41–44, and cover illustration.
  • Peter Bougie, "Intuition: An Interview with D. Jeffrey Mims," Classical Realism Journal, vol.VII, i.1, pp. 10–19, 10-19 illustration.
  • Jerry Cullum, "Realism Lives In Contemporary Pieces," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Friday, November 10, 1995 Section P pp. 1, 12 illustration.
  • Anderson, Kurt, "An Interview with D. Jeffrey Mims," Classical Realism Quarterly, May 16, 1990 pp. 12–15, 20-21 illustration.
  • Keough, Patrick, "Reinventing Classical Realism," The Arts Journal, May 1990 pp. 14–15 illustration.
  • Bretzius, Hunter, "Renaissance Man," Sun Journal, Thursday, April 5, 1990 pp. 1C-2 illustration.
  • Nunnelley, William A., "Painting in the Old Way," Seasons, Fall 1988 pp. 8–9 illustration.
  • Reeves, Garland, "Jeffrey Mims: An Artist Who Takes Long View of Things," The Birmingham News, Sunday August 21, 1988 p. 1E-7 illustration.
  • Lauder, Val, "The Southern Artists," Southern Accents, Nov.-Dec. 1986 pp. 120–123, 146 illustration.
  • Coles, William A., "D. Jeffrey Mims: A Painter's Odyssey," American Artist, October 1985 pp. 36–40, 78-82 illustration.


  1. ^ Traditional Building Magazine, "Creating a Classical Academy,".[1]
  2. ^ Fine Art Connoisseur, July/August 2010, pp. 41 - 44
  3. ^ Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, "Slow Painting, A Deliberate Renaissance," Co-curator.
  4. ^ http://www.classicist.org/awards-and-prizes/alma-schapiro-prize/alma-2009/
  5. ^ http://www.classicist.org/
  6. ^ 2009 Alma Schapiro Prize awarded by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America

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