Michael Ehlbeck, is a Professor of Printmaking at East Carolina University School of Art and Design. He graduated from the University of Florida with an MFA and earned a BFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He 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 with several being housed in significant collections. Most recently one of Ehlbeck’s drawings was reproduced in the 8th edition of A Guide to Drawing by David L. Faber and Daniel M. Mendelowitz. Recent exhibitions include the “Atlanta International Print Biennial”, “25th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper”, “The 2012 Harnett Biennial of American Prints”, and “Michael Ehlbeck: A Retrospective of Prints and Drawings”, at the American University of Dubai and the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
"My work usually begins with a memory of a place, an event, and/or a specific individual. The result(s) range from complex cityscapes to an isolated portrait. There are also times when I begin working from a simple object, an abstract shape, a small stone, or a stick. The objects take on additional meanings as the work progresses. The story begins and the changes. In the end, my work documents my life. The prints and drawings and sculptures are reminders of people I’ve met, places I’ve been, and adventures I‘ve had. The work is my journal that serves to keep all these very special associations fresh in my mind. "