Don Kimes’ work has been presented in over 150 exhibitions internationally, including Jim Kempner (where his work is currently on view), Denise Bibro, Claudia Carr, Lucky Strike, Ammo Artists Space, Arsenal and many others in New York City; the Global Art Fair in Singapore; The Rueda Museum in Madrid; The Biennale Internazionale in Florence, Italy; Rocca Paolina in Perugia, Italy; America Haus in Munich; Casa di Cultura in Villahermosa, Mexico; The Baltimore Museum of Art; The National Academy of Design; Burchfield Penney Museum in Buffalo; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Katzen Museum and National Academy of Sciences (all in D.C.) and dozens of others nationally and internationally.
He has received awards to be Scholar in Residence in the Art and Philosophy seminar at the American Academy in Rome; Artist in Residence at SACI in Florence, Italy; to live and work on the Pacific island of Kauai; Mellon Foundation support to spend a year painting near Todi, Italy; a US Department of the Interior award to be artist in residence at Yellowstone; a grant from the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes to work in southern Mexico; Eisenhower Foundation support to be a United States Visual Arts representative to the Jurmala Cultural Exchange in the Soviet Union; and studio residencies from the Millay Foundation; the Assensore di Cultura in Corciano, Italy; the Accademia di Belli Arti in Perugia, Italy, and many others.
In 2018 he was named the inaugural Sonkin-Segal Endowed Chair in the Visual Arts at the the Chautauqua Institution, where for over three decades he had served as the Institution's first Artistic Director in the Visual Arts. During his tenure there he and his wife, Lois Jubeck, built Chautauqua into one of the most respected summer art programs in America. Previously he taught for ten years at the New York Studio School in Greenwich Village, where he also served as Program Director for six years.
In 2019 Kimes and his wife, Lois Jubeck, left Chautauqua to establish the ACI International Artists, Writers and Scholars Residency program in a 500 year old complex in Corciano, Italy. He continues to serve as Artistic Director there. Kimes is also the Senior Professor in the Visual Arts at American University in Washington, DC, where he was head of the studio art program for 19 years (and department chair for 11 years). Additionally, Kimes is Board Chair and a contributing editor for Art Lantern/New Art Examiner UK which currently has editorial staff in New York City, DC, Toronto, Detroit, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Singapore, Hong Kong and other locations internationally.
His curatorial practice is also extensive, having organized dozens of exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally over the past 30+ years. As an artist, an educator/mentor, and cultural builder he is in his fourth decade as a practicing artist who also teaches: More than 5,000 art students have worked with him directly, and many thousands more indirectly, in the programs he has built and led in New York, Washington, DC, Rome and Umbria.