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Michael Ehlbeck

School of Art and Design: Printmaking
Jenkins Fine Arts Center 1124
Mail stop no: 502 School of Art
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Tel.# (252)328-6255; fax # (252)328-6441

Michael Ehlbeck is Professor of Printmaking at the ECU School of Art and Design. He graduated from the University of Florida with an MFA from Ken Kerslake and a BFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with Dennis Rowan. Michael Ehlbeck began teaching at the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University in 1975. He primarily works with relief and intaglio processes, including mezzotint, engraving, and most notably, etching. Ehlbeck's large-scale etchings have been commissioned and hang in the Atlanta International Airport and his large-scale Hong Kong and Cologne, Germany cityscapes have been shown nationally and internationally, and are housed in several significant collections. Most recently, one of Ehlbeck’s drawings will be included in the 2009 Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition.



B.F.A. Painting, University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, IL
M.F.A. Printmaking, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Teaching Experience:   
University of Florida 1974-75, Gainesville, FL, Interim Instructor
East Carolina University 1975-78, Greenville, NC. Instructor
University of Central Florida 1978-80, Orlando, FL, Assistant Professor
East Carolina University 1980-present, Greenville, NC, Professor
"4th Annual Dwight Merrimon Davidson National Contemporary Print Exhibition”  (national, competitive, group), Elon College, Elon College, NC.


"Southeastern Juried Exhibition" (regional, invitational, group), the Fine Arts Museum of the     South, Mobile, AL.


Received full-time creative leave (School of Art, East Carolina University) Fall semester, 1993.  Work involved two large scale (3'H x 8'W and 4'H x 6'W) etchings based on drawing from previous trips to Hong Kong.

"Positive Negative 10 - a National Exhibition" (national, competitive, group), Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.


"7th McNeese National Works On Paper" (national, competitive, group), Department of Visual Arts, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA.


Artist-In-Residence at the Visual Arts Center, Central District, Hong Kong. Taught an intaglio printmaking course from July 17 through August 13, 1994.  A public lecture titled Images by Printmakers from the United States delivered on July 23, 1994.

"GALA 95" (national, invitational, group), Brenau University National Invitational Art Exhibition, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA.


Received a Summer Stipend Award from the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, East Carolina University.  The award involved traveling to Cologne,
Germany to prepare drawings and take photographs of the St. Kolumba Catholic Church excavation site.  A 6'H x 4'W etching was commissioned as part of the project.

"Hand-Pulled Prints IV, A National Exhibition" (national, competitive, group), Stonemetal Press and Parchman Stremmel Galleries, San Antonio, TX.


City of Atlanta Concourse 'E' International Airport Project Commission , City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Aviation, Atlanta, GA - one 3'H x 12'W and two 8'H x 4'W intaglio prints, including the etched zinc plates as well as a photo documentation of the etching process. 

"17th Annual National Print Exhibition (national, competitive, group), Artlink, Inc., Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN.  Received Honorable Mention Award.


"Border to Border No. 6, A National Biennial Drawing Exhibition" (national, competitive, group), Center for the Creative Arts, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN.


"12th Mini Print International Exhibition-1997" (international, competitive, group), Hartwick College Museums, Oneonta, NY. Received 1st Place Award.


"Art Show - USA IN NRW, 47 Artists from North Carolina" (regional, invitational, group), exhibitions in Bergheim, Cologne and Hurth, Germany.

“Views of Atlanta, Cologne and Hong Kong” (invitational, one-person), The Yager Museum, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY.


“Saint Kolumba - The Documentation of a Historic Site in Cologne, Germany” (national, invitational, group), Rapid Transit Gallery, Savannah, GA.

“American Kaleidoscope” (international, invitational, group), Kreuzherrenkloster,  Erkelenz, Germany.


“Art Exhibition for the Blind” (international, invitational, group), the Art Bunker, Cologne, Germany. Illustrated Catalogue published.


“Men In Aprons” (invitational, three-person printmaking exhibition), Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC.


“Student and Faculty Printmaking Portfolio” (national, invitational, group), twenty printmakers     representing East Carolina University, NC - Seton Hall University, NJ - University of Nebraska at Lincoln, NB - Utah State University, UT.
“Recent Prints, Drawings and Sculpture by Michael Ehlbeck” (invitational, one- person), Freeport Museum of Art, Freeport, IL


“Working Drawings” (regional, invitational, group), Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC


“St. Kolumba Exhibition” (national, invitational, group), Gallery of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Briarcliff Manor, NY


Invited to teach a two week printmaking course at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina (June, 2001).

“46th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition” (regional, competitive, group), Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC Received 3rd place graphics award.


“En La Busqueda / In The Search - an exhibition of recent prints and drawings by Michael Ehlbeck and Francisco Souto” (regional, invitational, two-person), Annex Gallery, Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC

“CCA Competitive Exhibition 2005” (regional, competitive, group), Community Council for the Arts, Kinston, NC


“The Work of Ehlbeck, Malmrose, and Jubran,” (regional, three-person, invitational),     Community Council for the Arts, Kinston, NC


“Florida Printmakers15th National Competition”, sponsored by the Florida Printmakers, Coral Gables, FL, (national, juried, group), exhibition shown at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin,


Drawing purchased by the Rocky Mount Arts Center for the permanent collection, Rocky Mount, NC