Faculty Artist Selected for Indiana State Museum Exhibit
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"Gaia" by David CunninghamThe Hoosier Art Salon has selected Franklin College associate professor of art David Cunningham to be part of its 96th annual juried showcase at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.

Since its founding in 1925, the Salon has remained dedicated to promoting Indiana artists and their work.  Each year, independent jurors select works from hundreds of submissions in the genres of portrait, landscape, still life, abstract and 3D art.

This year marks Cunningham’s eighth consecutive qualifying entry into a Salon juried exhibition. He has won three previous Salon awards of excellence for still-life paintings, and one award of excellence for drawing. Cunningham’s 2020 entry is an oil painting on a panel. It depicts his spouse, Amber, and is titled “Gaia.”

“In Greek mythology, Gaia is the personification of earth, and refers to the mother goddess of all life,” said Cunningham. “Amber, nine months pregnant at the time, was the ultimate muse.” Her crown of antlers and flowing dress represent elements of nature, and the sphere she holds symbolizes his art studio, he explained. His reflection, depicted as a giant cyclops, shines from the sphere.

Cunningham joined the Franklin College faculty in 2003. While teaching full time, he continues to work as an artist. He specializes in representational oil painting, figure drawing and wheel thrown ceramics. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries across the United States, commissioned for corporate and personal purchase and featured at the Indianapolis International Airport.  Throughout his art career, Cunningham has amassed numerous awards of excellence and been an invited conference speaker.

Due to the pandemic, the Salon hosted a virtual reception for artists and patrons this year, and awards were presented virtually. The Indiana State Museum invites the public to view the full exhibition through Oct. 25; general admission prices vary. Please check the museum’s website, www.indianamuseum.org.

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POSTED Sep 3, 2020