Colby Caldwell currently lives and works in Asheville, NC. He graduated from the Corcoran School of Art (now College of the Arts and Design at GW) in 1990. From 1997-‐2001, Caldwell taught in both the Fine Art and the Photography departments at the Corcoran. From 2002 – 2012, he was an Associate Professor of Art at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Caldwell has curated several shows including – Practice Makes Perfect, at DCAC, in Washington DC, Made History: Important Soviet WWII Photographs, at Boyden Gallery, St. Mary’s College, and Give and Take, at AAAC in Asheville, NC.
His work has been shown both nationally and internationally since 1988. how to survive your own death, Caldwell’s most recent solo show, opened at HEMPHILL in January 2016. His previous two solo shows – gun shy and spent – opened concurrently at HEMPHILL and Civilian Art Projects in Washington, DC in March of 2012, and were reviewed in Art Forum, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and other publications. Most recently, he has collaborated with James Huckenpahler and Matt Sargent on a multi-media interpretation of his work. Entitled “he who dreams of magic bullets…”, this interactive sound/visual piece was shown in Klaipeda, Lithuania in the spring of 2014 as part of a cultural exchange program highlighting American art in which he was asked to lecture on his work and the lasting legacy of Robert Frank and the Beat generation.
Caldwell’s work is represented by HEMPHILL in Washington, DC, The Haen Gallery in Asheville, NC, and Atelier in Charleston, SC. He is featured in the book, 100 DC Artists, which was published in 2011. He is the director and co-founder of REVOLVE, an art/think space in Asheville, NC.