Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, Mitch Kolbe spent most of his early years exploring the wilderness just beyond the creek that flowed through his backyard. This early appreciation for nature lent itself well later in his art career as a plein air artist.
Mitch was one of ten high school students to receive the Scholastic Art Scholarship to attend the Art Students League of N.Y.C. The League’s freedom allowed him to study with various teachers, including Robert Brackman, Sydney E. Dickinson, Jack Faragasso, Robert Schultz, Frank Liljegren, John Howard Sanden and Robert Beverly Hale. On weekends and during the summer months he continued his education at the Salmagundi Club under Lou DeDonato.
Mitch’s art sojourn has spanned 44 years and includes a varied career in graphics, museum diorama murals, illustration and fine art. Recent awards include PleinAir Magazine’s Artist Choice Award at the 2014 Wekiva Plein Air invitational Paintout, First Place in the Quick Draw of Tarpon Springs 2013 Paintout, and Second Place in the art show itself.
Mitch Kolbe’s work is represented in the following collections:
Art Students League Of N.Y.C.
The Percy-Geiger collection
The Kessler Collection
Florida State Capitol Governors Club
His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew Archbishop Of Constantinople