about the artist
After receiving degrees from Brevard College and the University of North Carolina, Cunningham resided in Europe for the better part of a year. Based in Lausanne, he spent his time cultivating an appreciation not only for art, but for the cultures and circumstances that inspire it.
When he is not pushing paint on a canvas, Cunningham maintains a career in the commercial arts as a graphic designer, web site developer, and illustrator.
about the work
Cunningham confides, “I’m a people person. Even when my subject matter isn't human, I try to reflect some aspect of humanity in the work. For example, I'll explore relationships between trees as if they were people. A forest may become a dance, a party, or a street scene.”
selected exhibitions & awards
2003 - Biennial Hub City Juried Art Competition, Spartanburg Art Museum – Juror: Burt Silverman, internationally recognized artist, illustrator, author
2001 - Biennial Hub City Juried Art Competition, Spartanburg Art Museum – Juror: Lilian Tone, Assistant Curator of Painting & Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • Annual Sidewalk Competition - 3rd in Open Media Category, Spartanburg Art Museum – Juror: Pam Myers, Director, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC • Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg’s Annual Juried Exhibition – Juror: Christine Taylor, Hodges-Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC. • "Pure Oil" Invitational Exhibition, Pickens County Museum
2000 - Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg’s Juried Exhibition – Honorable Mention, Juror: Leo Twiggs, Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award recipient • South Carolina Watercolor Society Annual Jurored Exhibition – Merit Award – Juror: Serge Hollerbach, nationally known author and painter
1996 - Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg’s Juried Exhibition – Juror: Jean McWhorter, well-known S.C. Artist
1994 - South Carolina Watercolor Society Annual Jurored Exhibition – Juror: Milt Kobayashi, nationally recognized painter
1993 - Spring Mills Jurored Exhibition – Juror: Ann Temkin, Curator of 20th Century Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art • County Foundation’s Golden Anniversary Jurored Art Exhibition – Juror: Gudmund Vigtel, Director Emeritus of the High Museum, Atlanta
1991 - Spring Mills Traveling Show – Best Easel Painting, Juror: Charles Stuckey, Curator of 20th Century Painting, Art Institute of Chicago
1988 - Spring Mills Traveling Show – Honorable Mention, Juror: Glenn Bradshaw, ANA, NA, noted painter & art educator, Professor, University of Illinois
1982 - Spring Mills Traveling Show – Honorable Mention, Juror: James N. Wood, Director, Art Institute of Chicago
other professional activity