Department of Art Alumni

Michael J. Liebhaber MFA '06


I have had fun since graduating from WCSU. I went on a three-year artist's vacation, painting my way around Europe. I financed it by working on cruise ships, managing onboard internet cafes. Now I am back to teaching.

I live in the small town of Hochspeyer in Southwestern Germany, where I am a Professor of Psychology and Art at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in Europe. I teach on Ramstein Air Force Base. Although it is a part of the U. of Maryland system, the mission of UMUC is to teach military people and their dependents in Europe and Asia.

I live two blocks from a national forest. This entire region is hills and forest, so it’s scenic and green. Hiking, mountain biking and motorcycling in the woods are big activities. The town of Frankenstein, complete with an ominous-looking castle, is about three miles away. 

My studio is at my apartment. I am slowly connecting to the local art scene and I exhibit when I can. You can see my latest work on my blog at

What do I paint these days? Places. I strive to create a sense of “being there.”  People say they like my paintings because they are reminded of where they have been. I like that.


New work,
"Kitchen Still Life" 2011

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