Ben Hamburger is a painter, socially engaged artist, and educator born and raised outside of Washington DC. Working within the convergence of visual art and social engagement, Hamburger creates artwork and facilitates artistic experiences with communities in the United States and around the world. The diverse range of his artistic practice is grounded in his belief in the universality of art and its potential to find meaning in the complex and rapidly evolving world we live in.
Hamburger holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Hamburger has worked in schools, cultural institutions, and non-profit organizations in New Orleans, Louisiana; Baltimore, Maryland; Cochabamba, Bolivia; Bangkok, Thailand; and Gujarat, India amongst others. Hamburger ’s work has been exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions and is part of the permanent collection of the City of New Orleans, Tulane Medical School and private collections around the world. In 2018, Hamburger was the recipient of an Orange County Arts Council Artist Grant and his work was awarded First Place in Orange County’s annual Plein Air Painting Event. Hamburger’s work has been featured in Indy Week, The News & Observer, Tampa Bay Times, The Baltimore Sun, local public radio station, WYPR, and Baltimore Style.
Hamburger is based in Asheville, North Carolina where he maintains his studio practice and teaches at the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina University.