Professor Muhn has been recognized for consistently demonstrating a devotion to teaching and inspiring his students. He has also achieved substantial and noteworthy professional recognition through solo exhibitions in venues such as Stux Gallery in Chelsea in New York City, Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul and the American University Museum in Washington, DC. Through his professional endeavors Professor Muhn has been awarded numerous times for his artistic merits including the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award and the 1st place award in the Bethesda Painting Awards Competition. He also has received acclaim in reviews and interviews in The New York Times, Art in America and CNN. In addition to actively showing his artworks Professor Muhn has also taken an interest in and studied relatively unknown North Korean art. He has made numerous research trips to Pyongyang, North Korea during the past six years and conducted interviews of artists, art historians and museum staff by visiting the Choson National Art Museum and other national art exhibitions as well as Mansudae Art Studio. He has been giving lectures on North Korean art at numerous academic venues including Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Harvard universities.
His research on North Korean art culminated in a book, Pyongyang Art: Uncovering the Complex Layers of Chosonhwa (in Korean, and English version will be out at the end of 2018) which was published in March, 2018. Professor Muhn was recently chosen as curator of the exhibition of North Korean art at the Gwangju Biennale of Korea in 2018. In addition, he was appointed as a Maryland Arts Counsel by the Governor in October, 2017.