Ben Hamburger is a visual artist and educator born and raised outside of Washington DC. Hamburger is driven by the universality of art and its potential to unite people of different cultures and backgrounds. Through creating art and facilitating workshops that resonate with diverse communities around the world, he is committed to promote and provide access to creative art education.
Hamburger holds a Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. During his undergraduate tenure, 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 New Orleans arts community as an exhibiting artist and instructor. He is currently represented by several galleries and has taught workshops in city schools as well as notable institutions. His artwork has become part of the permanent collection of the City of New Orleans. In 2014, Hamburger painted murals and lead visual art workshops and fundraising events at a shelter for victims of sexual abuse trauma in Cochabamba, Bolivia as artist in residence with the non-profit organization Sustainable Bolivia.
Hamburger is currently pursuing a MFA in Community Arts degree at 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.