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 around on a canvas, Cunningham maintains a career in the commercial arts as a graphic designer, web site developer, and illustrator.
about the work
“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
2021 - Artfields, Lake City, SC
2020 - Artfields, Lake City, SC • 2nd Annual Artists Collective Spartanburg Four State Juried Exhibition, Spartanburg, SC • 38th South Carolina Juried Arts, Pickens County Museum of Art & History – 3rd Place, Juror: Edyth McAbee Hardaway • "Nothing has Changed, Everything has Changed" - The Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, N.C.
2019 - 37th South Carolina Juried Arts, Pickens County Museum of Art & History – 2nd Place & Honorable Mention, Juror: Frederick C. Graff, AWS, NWS, TWSA
2016 - Artists' Guild of Spartanburg's Juried Exhibition – Juror: Mary Benz Gilkerson, S.C. artist, colorist, educator
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