Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Colby Caldwell studied Twentieth Century European History at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Afterwards, he attended Corcoran School of Art, now called Corcoran College of Art and Design, where he received his B.F.A. in 1990. At the Corcoran School of Art, Caldwell received the Excellence in Photography Award in 1990 as well as the Eugene Weiss Scholarship. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. From 1998 to 2002, he served on the faculty of the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
In 1996, Colby Caldwell was invited to participate at Interfoto , an international conference on photography and Russia held in Moscow. In 2001 he was curator of Practice Makes Perfect : Works by Emerging Artists in Washington, D.C. He is active as a Board Member of Transformer Gallery also in Washington, D.C. He has presented guest lectures at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. (1995,1996) Edinburgh College of Art in Edinburgh, Scotland (2000) and at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2003-2004).
Since the late 1980s, Colby Caldwell has had solo and group exhibitions, lectured at various universities and colleges, collaborated with other artists and published catalogues. He has exhibited at the Kathleen Ewing Gallery in Washington, D.C. (1988-1989), the Emilio Navarro Gallery in Madrid, Spain (1992-1993), as well as several times at Hemphill Fine Arts, located in Washington, D.C., where he exhibited [still life] in 2003. Among his many group exhibitions, in 1991 he exhibited “Portraits” in Basel, Switzerland and in 1996, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, Caldwell’s work was shown in an exhibition called “Reimagining the Real”. This year, Colby Caldwell exhibited with artists Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Sally Mann, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and others in “The Landscape in Contemporary Photography”, a show in conjunction with publication of book by National Geographic. In 1999, he collaborated with Bernard Welt on Ordinary Eternal Machinery , a video piece. His work was recently selected for inclusion in the 2005 Corcoran Biennial, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D. C.