Ben Hamburger is a visual artist, art activist, and educator born and raised outside of Washington DC. Hamburger is driven by the universality of art and its potential to unite. He is committed to promote and provide access to creative art education within communities in need.
Hamburger holds Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. During his undergraduate education, he studied art history and oil painting at The Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. In 2011, Hamburger moved to Asia where he pursued painting and teaching in diverse settings in Thailand and underrepresented tribal regions in Northern India. After returning to the states, Hamburger resettled in New Orleans, Louisiana where he was immediately inspired by the vibrancy of the city. Hamburger has been embraced by the arts community in New Orleans as an exhibiting artist and instructor. He is currently represented in several galleries, has taught workshops in city schools as well as notable institutions, and has had artwork purchased by the New Orleans Arts Council for the city’s permanent collection. Hamburger has since gone on to paint murals and lead visual art workshops and fundraising events at a shelter for victims of sexual trauma in Cochabamba, Bolivia as artist in residence with Sustainable Bolivia.
Currently, Hamburger is pursuing his MFA in Community Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art and is a recipient of the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation Fellowship. He is facilitating visual art workshops and exhibitions with young refugees as Community Artist in Residence with the Refugee Youth Project.