BiographyDavid Kamm was born in 1952 in West Union, Iowa. He graduated from Wartburg College in 1974 with a B.A. in art education and the following year taught junior and senior high school art at Greene Public Schools, Greene, Iowa. That position was followed by a short stint teaching middle school art in West Liberty, Iowa. In 1976 he relocated to Decorah, Iowa where he established a business specializing in hand-painted signs. For the next ten years he also worked with the Iowa Arts Council’s Artist-in-the-Schools program, completing printmaking residencies in dozens of public schools throughout Iowa. In 1988 he completed his M.F.A. in printmaking at the University of Iowa and in 1989 began work at Luther College as Gallery Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Art. David Kamm retired from Luther College in 2018.
In 1992, Kamm represented Iowa art instructors on a Fulbright project to Russia organized by Iowa State University in Ames, and in 2002 he was selected to participate in a summer institute at Ferrum College, Ferrum, Virginia, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. During spring semester 2007 he served as an artist-in-residence at the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. While there, he created work for a project sponsored by the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana, and the Montana Human Rights Commission titled Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate. During the summer of 2008 he was selected to participate in the Institute of Lutheran Scholars at Harvard University that explored the theme, Art, Religion and Responsibility. Kamm has presented papers at several national conferences on art and education, most notably F.A.T.E. (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) and the College Art Association. His presentations have been published three times in Fate in Review, the official publication of the F.A.T.E. organization, and he has been listed in Marquis Who’s Who in American Art.
Art created by Kamm has been in over 120 exhibitions and competitions, including juried exhibits such as the American Color Print Society Annual, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA; the Annual Schoharie County National Small Works Exhibition, Cobleskill, NY; the Harper National Print & Drawing Exhibition, Harper College, Palatine, IL; the Pacific States National Biennial Print Exhibit, University of Hawaii, Hilo, HI; and Iowa Artists, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA. He has been featured in several one-person exhibits, including CSPS Alternative Arts Center, Cedar Rapids, IA; The Charles H. MacNider Museum, Mason City, IA; The Parlor Gallery, Towson, MD; Davidson College, Davidson, NC; and the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA. Collections with his work include the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico; ArtColle, Sergines, France; the Fine Art Association, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam; The Vatican Collection of Modern Art, Rome, Italy; Elon College, Elon, NC; Mills College, Oakland, CA; and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
There are three works by Kamm in the Luther College Fine Arts Collection. A small woodcut, Winter Dam, was purchased by the college from an exhibit Kamm had at the school. A larger woodcut, Keyhole Perspective, was purchased through the Kemp Endowment for the Fine Arts; and Pages from a Small World, a small collage made from portions of Kamm’s original prints, was a gift to the college from the artist.
Source of Biographygalleries.luther.edu/david Marquis Who’s Who in American Art, New Providence, NJ, 23rd edition, 1999-2000;
Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers, Land O‘ Lakes, FL: Dealers Choice Books, Inc., 2002