In front of Noulin Galette, Montmarte, Paris
In front of Moulin Galette, Montmarte, Paris


Michael Liebhaber – Chronology

1950s —

  • Born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin to school-teacher parents.
  • Began drawing ever since he could hold a crayon, and has the evidence to prove it (thanks, mom).

1960s —

  • Lived on uncle’s farm in summer. Bailed hay. Chased by cow.
  • Moved to Tucson, Arizona. Life “normal”.
  • Spent much time in the desert. Caught scorpions. Chased rabbits and coyotes.
  • Took private painting lessons.
  • First exhibit – Scholastic Magazines Arizona Regional Exhibition, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1967.

1970s —

  • Worked for a biology professor in college. Spent many days and nights outdoors in Arizona and Mexico.
  • Bitten by almost every animal in the state. Treasure hunted in abandoned mines. Met a real old-time cowboy. Skinned an elephant (bet you weren’t ready for that one)… Really, I did.
  • Graduated from the University of Arizona in Wildlife Biology.
  • Moved to Seattle. Worked for Boeing. Programmed computers. Fun gig.
  • Climbed many mountain peaks in the Seattle area.
  • Took a photography workshop with Art Wolfe (He was a great influence on my sense of composition).

1980s —

  • Son born. Awesome.
  • Received an MA in Psychology and a PhD in Child Language from the University of Kansas.
  • Moved to San Diego. Was a MacArthur Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California in San Diego.

1990s —

  • Began teaching Psychology at San Diego-area colleges.
  • Learned to surf. Surfed a lot, but not enough.
  • Self-employed graphic artist: Illustrated magazine and books covers, advertisements, brochures, and logos.
  • Co-founded Carmel Mountain Conservancy. Successfully lobbied to preserve coastal habitat in San Diego. Satisfying.
  • Took many art classes at the University of California, San Diego and Palomar College.

2000-2009 —

  • Moved to Sedona, Arizona.
  • Befriended and painted with regional artists. They were very influential regarding subject matter and professionalism.
  • Moved to Bethel, Connecticut to study painting full-time. Wonderful indulgence.
  • Received an MFA in Painting from Western Connecticut State University.
  • Took some “time off” to work on a cruise ship (Celebrity Cuises). That got me travling around the world. Did a significant amount of international travel and watercolor sketching.
  • Exhibition highlights (most recent first):
    • Paintings from the Mediterranean – Group show, Village Coffee Roastery, Scottsdale, AZ, 2009.
    • Ports and Places – Solo show, Officer’s Dayroom, onboard Celebrity Mercury, 2008.
    • Western Connecticut M.F.A. Exhibition – Group show, Prince Street Gallery, New York, 2006
    • Scenes Of Country Life – 2 group shows, Silo Gallery, Hunt Hill Farm Trust, New Milford, CT, 2005 & 2006, Reviewed in The Litchfield County Times Monthly.
    • Dr. Jane Goodall Symposium Show – Group show, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT, 2005
    • Ripple, a cut and welded steel sculpture, 2nd place, abstract sculpture, 2003 Exhibition of Art at the San Diego County Fair
    • Osama bin Laden, a multi-dimensional painting, featured at 2002 Student Show, Boehm Galley, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA, 2002

2010s —

  • Moved to Scottsdale, Arizona and resumed college teaching.
  • Moved to Hochspeyer, Germany. Continue to teach college, paint, and exhibit locally.
  • Exhibition highlights (most recent first):
    • Peter Turgetto and the iPad / Analog meets Digital – Solo show of digital iPad drawings, Kaiserslautern Media Center, Kaiserslautern, Germany, 2014.
    • Artothek – Public art exhibit and checkout program at Landstuhl Public Library, Landstuhl, Germany, since 2012.
    • Local Scenes – Solo show of digital iPad drawings, Visione Restaurant, Kaiserslautern, Germany, 2011.
    • New paintings from Alaska – Group show, Village Coffee Roastery, Scottsdale, AZ, 2010.
  • Moved back to the USA (Scappoose, Oregon; near Portland) The journey continues.
  • Resumed teaching Psychology at Portland-area colleges.
  • Began selling my paintings at local Farmers Markets.
  • Exhibition:
    • Undiscoverd – Group show, Art on Broadway Gallery, Beaverton, OR. January 2017.
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