Kimble A. Bromley received his B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Buena Vista College, an M.A. in Painting at the University of Northern Iowa and his M.F.A. in Painting from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.
He has served as a visiting artist throughout the upper Midwest, Ecuador and Mexico. He has painted abroad in Cuba, Jamaica, Ecuador, and Mexico. Most recently he has received two grants from Lake Region Arts Council. His work has also been supported by grants from Kellogg, Teagle/Bell South, and Partners of the Americas. He has exhibited internationally, nationally, and regionally.
As Professor of art at North Dakota State University, Bromley has twice received the Outstanding Creativity Award from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at NDSU. He has taught painting, drawing and art history. In his studio classes the focus is on each individual student's creativity. Bromley's interest in creativity has led him to research and publish articles on the topic.
NDSU sponsored a professional development journey for Bromley to France and Monet's gardens at Giverny to study the works of Claude Monet, which has significantly influenced his most recent work. Bromley's research has included painting his pond where his lives in Minnesota lakes country as well as paintings influenced by the book MOBY-DICK. He has also taken a brush making workshop from the Castel Hill Truro Center for the Arts on Cape Cod.
Bromley joined North Dakota State University in 1996. Previously, he taught at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro Community College, DePaul University, Prairie State College and Southern Illinois University.
Who are your role models or inspiring folks?
frje echeveria, graduate school mentor, Jenny Saville, Richard Diebenkorn, Cy Twombly plus a host of other master artists I look at.
Outside of art and desire fields, what inspires you?
Riding my motorcycle through Minnesota Lake country, the creativity it takes to be a good pool player and color in general.
What do you wish you had known when you started out as a student/in this field?
How much writing would be involved. I would have taken writing much more seriously as an undergrad if I had realized there is a lot of writing as a visual artist.
What was your most memorable meal?
A chicken dish I ate at a cafe in Giverny, France.
In your office, you can only have three things, one book, one tool, and one picture. What would they be and why?
MOBY-DICK. Each time I read it I discover something new. A Sharpie because it will draw on anything. A late self-portrait by Rembrandt because he does it all! As Gombrich said, he looks straight into the human heart. And he does that with paint.