Michael Kalmbach

Adjunct Professor, Liberal Arts


MFA, University of Delaware; BA, Bloomsburg University; Certificate, Virginia Commonwealth University


Michael Kalmbach graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2003 with a BA in Studio Art. He served as an art instructor at Washington & Lee High School in Montross, Virginia from 2003-2006. In the summer of 2005 he participated in the Summer Studio Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Delaware, earning his MFA in 2008. Immediately after graduate school, he began working at the Delaware College of Art & Design as an Admissions Counselor. Shortly thereafter he founded the artists’ collective, New Wilmington Art Association (NWAA). NWAA supported the practices of emerging artists and curators with a program of monthly exhibitions staged in vacant properties throughout downtown Wilmington. In 2009, Kalmbach was promoted to Assistant Director of Admissions at the Delaware College of Art & Design, and his work with NWAA was recognized by the Christina Cultural Arts Center, which granted him the 2009 Christi Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts Advocacy. Michael joined the Board of the Shipley Village Community Development Corporation in 2009, and in 2010 the SVCDC celebrated the opening of Delaware’s first low-income artist live/work space, Shipley Artists Lofts. In 2010 Kalmbach was recognized for his studio-based practice, receiving a Delaware Division of the Arts’ Established Fellowship in Painting. Later in 2010, Kalmbach was again recognized for his community involvement, receiving the Peggy Amsterdam Award for Outstanding Achievement at Governor Jack Markell’s Governor’s Awards for the Arts.  Michael’s work has been exhibited at the Zhou Art Center (Chicago, IL), Haven Arts (Bronx, NY), the Fe Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA), Hub Bub (Spartanburg, SC), the Hopkins House of Contemporary Art (Collingswood, NJ), the Biggs Museum of American Art (Dover, DE), and the Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington, DE). He has lectured at Lafayette College, Kutztown University, UnSmoke Systems in Braddock, Pennsylvania, and at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. In 2011 he accepted a contract with the State of Delaware’s Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to develop and direct The Creative Vision Factory.  The Creative Vision Factory has been open since December of 2011, and fosters the creative potential of individuals on the behavioral health spectrum in a studio art environment that cultivates integration with the local art community through a program of exhibitions, workshops, and communal workspace. The program boasts a membership of over 150 artists and is in the process of transitioning into a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. In December of 2012, Kalmbach became the Board Chairman of the Chris White Community Development Corporation, (formerly known as the Shipley Village CDC). Both Shipley Artists Lofts and The Creative Vision Factory are uniquely situated in the heart of a new arts and cultural district that sees the behavioral health population as a genuine partner in the development of a more resilient and just City of Wilmington.

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