Arnold Kolb
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Arnold F. KolbArne Kolb's photographs have been exhibited in more than 125 solo and group shows in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including the Saginaw Art Museum in Saginaw, Michigan; the Alden B. Dow Science and Art Museum of the Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, Michigan; the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland; the Brevard Art Center and Museum in Melbourne, Florida; the Tubac Center for the Arts in Tubac, Arizona; Gallery 219 in Barrington, Illinois; the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.; the Pacific Science Center in Seattle; and Merced College in Merced, California. In Japan his photographs have been exhibited at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the Awa Nosato Gallery in Tokushima City, and the Saiyukan Center in Kobe City.

In addition Kolb’s photographs and murals are in numerous corporate, public collections, and private collections worldwide, including those of Lucent Technologies in Denver; the John F. Kennedy Rehabilitation Center in Edison, New Jersey; O’Dell Demeter and Associates in Mill Valley, California; Impressions 5 Museum in East Lansing, Michigan; SDC Coatings, Inc., in Anaheim, California; Carl Zeiss, Inc. in Thornwood, New York; Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio; Miles, Inc., in West Haven, Connecticut; the University of Connecticut in Storrs; the Mid-Michigan Regional Medical Center, Wolverine Federal Savings, the Alden and Vada Dow Creativity Foundation, and Northwood University in Midland, Michigan; and Nippon ARC Ltd in Japan.

His photographs have been featured on the covers of the international publication Pharmaceutical Technology Europe and Science News. He received a fellowship from the Alden B. Dow Creativity Center of Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. Arne KoIb was born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1922. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan.



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In 1944–46 Kolb was employed as an engineering chemist at Union Carbide Corporation—Research Division in New York, where he was engaged in process engineering (Manhattan Project) and in rocket fuel process development. He joined the Dow Chemical Company in 1946 where he was employed in research on magnesium alloys, utilizing x–ray and electron diffraction techniques. In 1947 he joined the research and development staff at Dow Corning Corporation, manufacturers of silicones. His artistic techniques and methodology were developed and refined during the 36 years he spent in materials science as a research scientist and microscopist for Dow Corning Corporation in Midland, Michigan.

In 1949 he proposed, designed, and built a unique optical microscopy laboratory. He guided its development and trained employees to staff it. Also that year, Kolb pioneered the use and applications of microscopes in industrial research and development of materials and processes. He coauthored the book, Analysis of Silicones (John Wiley Interscience:1974), contributing chapters on microscopy and x–ray techniques. Throughout his career as a scientist and laboratory director, he extensively applied these techniques to all forms of materials and processes in the production of silicones.

In the early 1950's, he began to recognize as an art discipline the natural beauty of form and color as seen in the microscopical examination of technical materials. This was the launching point for his work in the field of art and design. In 1982 KoIb retired from Dow Corning to devote full–time to a career as an artist.
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