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  David Cumbie— Sculptor

David Lee Cumbie

Heart 24x24
 David Lee Cumbie

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 David Lee Cumbie
David Lee Cumbie

Little Wing

David Lee Cumbie

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David's Bio:

David has been an active member of the Central Florida art community for more than 32 years. In addition
to showing in galleries in the  United States and Europe, David participated in creating art for public places since 1980.  He was the first artist to receive a commission from the Orlando Percentage  for the Arts Program when it was first established in 1984. He has created annual national sports awards for football and
basketball  and recently created a linebacker award for the NFL. Cumbie’s work was sent to Tokyo, Japan,
where his sculptures were used to represent America in the  Interflora World Cup 1989. In Germany he participated in the international sculpture exhibition called the Sculpture Mile. He has participated in four
cultural exchange programs:  traveling art exhibitions in Italy from 1999-2002; recently he has been
creating mosaic projects in Mexico at the Community Art Center in Cobá, as well as the American Consulate in Merida; and is presently designing a mosaic for Mexico City. Since 1996, David has been in charge of
creating and curating  the Crealde School of Art Sculpture Garden which has over 60 outdoor sculptures that represent art work created in Central Florida.

Artist Statement:

My favorite material has always been clay. I like the plastic feeling in my hands and the speed it allows me
to create. When I sculpt a form that is special to me, I make a mold and create a wax for bronze casting.
Sometimes I use concrete for outdoor works and add metal elements of bronze, aluminum,  and stainless
steel into my composition creating a multi-media piece. I like the adventure of recreating myself with each
new work pushing the edge of what I did on the last sculpture. I have always felt fortunate being a part of
such a great tradition.

Commissions and Awards:

2013          Presently working on a life-size statue of St. Francis of Assisi for St. Richard’s Episcopal Church
                   in Winter Park, Florida.
2012          David was the recipient of  the Lee Lasbury Memorial Award  for  my entry of a Heart ,cold cast 
                   bronze 24”X24”  in the 62nd Annual Symposium & Exhibition at the Ringling College of Art and                    Design in Sarasota, Florida.
                   Created a bust of Sir Francis Drake for his historical home in Colombia, South America.
                   Commissioned to create the annual awards  for The Golden Rule Foundation from 2006  until
                   Created a wall sculpture for the Ronald McDonald House Sponsored by  Florida Automotive
                   Created awards for the United Arts of Central Florida Fourth and Fifth Annual Arts Plus Awards,
2009          Received a purchase awars in the outdoor exhibition in Fort Pierce , Florida for my work called
                   Totem 5. (15 X 2 X 1.5 ft.) This work is now exhibited in the New Court of County Clerks
2008          Commissioned to create 3 national trophies for football through the Dick Butkus Foundation:                              Annual awards for the NFL , the NCAA and the national High School award.
2005         Artist Grant United Arts of Central Florida
2004         Award of Distinction, Florida Biennial Exhibition,  DeLand  Fla Museum of Art
2001         Monument Builders, Co-creator of outreach program for at-risk children. Crealde was awarded
                   a $20,000 program grant by the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. Created four outdoor
                   sculptures with children from underserved communities
                   Change Incorporated, individual grant sponsored by the Robert Rauschenburg Foundation
1999          Purchase Award, Small Works Exhibition, Valencia Community College, Orlando, Fla. 
1986           Sculpted the Pete Maravich Award trophy for the Nat’l Collegiate Athletic Basketball Ass.
                  for the All Star game.
                    Interflora World Cup, Tokyo, Sculptural Props Designer, Placed 4th in the world as
                    US representative,  
1986           Grand Prize Trophy Award Central Florida Film and Video Festival 
1985            Art and Artist, a Video Documentary of Central Florida Artists, Small Projects Grant
                    Funded by United Arts
                    Atlanta Arts Festival Winner Big Art Contest
1984           Created a Bronze Bust of L.C. Jones, Callahan Center, City of Orlando, Fla.
                    (First commission sponsored by the city’s Percentage for the Arts Program)
                    The Holy Family, Figures of Joseph, Mary and Child Jesus, life-size,
                    Church of the Annunciation,  Altamonte  Springs, FL
                    Ceremonial Graduation Mace, University of Central Florida, Orlando
                    United Arts of Central Florida, Winner, Artist Billboard Contest
1980           Bronze Bust of the civic leader Ruby Ball for the Ruby Ball Annex in Winter Park, Florida            

Permanent Collection:
Homage to Jacques Cousteau, Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology, Milan, Italy

Exhibitions, Brief History :
2012        Florida Sculpture Guild, Group Exhibition at the Avalon Island Gallery downtown Orlando,.
                 Winter Park Historical Museum -The Way We Were: Exhibition portraying Winter Park in
                 the 60's and 70's
2011-13  Firehouse Sculpture Center Exhibition and Grand Opening.  Curator and participant. 
2011        Designed the Mosaic for the American Consulate in Merida, Mexico.This was part of a cultural
                 exchange program between Florida and the Yucatan Peninsula.
2010        Participated in the creation of the Mosaic for the Cultural Center in Coba, Mexico as part of a
                 cultural exchange program between Florida and Mexico.
2010        Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden. Figure and Form - Showcase of  Florida  sculptors.
2010-12  Deland Sculpture Walk. Outdoor show of monumental sculptures sponsored by the Museum of
                  Florida Art and the City of Deland.
2009         Received a purchase award in the outdoor exhibition in Fort Pierce, Florida, for my work called                   Totem 5 (15X2X1.5 ft multi-media) . This work is now exhibited in the new Court of County Clerks.
2009        Mennello Museum of American Art. Heroes and Hellions exhibition and auction.
2009        Kissimmee Sculpture Walk. Exhibition of monumental sculptures, downtown  Kissimmee.
2008-09 Art Without Walls 2,. Exhibition of 33 artists displaying monumental sculpture in cities of
                 Fort Pierce & Port St. Lucie, Fl. I received a purchase award and my Totem 5 was installed at the                   new City Hall.
2008        Epcot International Flower and Garden Show. Exhibited Totem 4 in the three month
                  outdoor exhibition at the Innovation Pavilion.
2007        Sculpture: Art in Three Dimensions, Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens
2007        Heads, Hearts, Horses & Helmets, Alliance for the Arts, Fort Meyers
2007        The Maquette: Idea & Process,  Alice & William Jenkins Gallery, Crealde School of Art,
                 Winter Park, Florida
2006        Southeastern Juried Exhibition  Mobile Museum of Art, AL
2006        4th International Art Exhibition Chania,. Neoria Public Exhibition Center on the island of Crete,                          Greece
2005        Florida Biennial III Deland Museum of Art, Deland, Florida
2005        Things That Whirl and Twirl, Kinetic Sculpture Exhibition,  Albin Polasek Museum
                  and Sculpture Garden
2005        Dynamic Relationships, The Mayor’s Gallery and Terrace at Orlando City Hall
2005        Crealde 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Present/Past Department Directors,
 2004       Global Peace Film Festival and Art Exhibit, Universal Cineplex, Orlando
2004        Epcot Sculpture Garden Exhibition, Orlando, FL,
2004        Florida Biennial Exhibition, DeLand Museum of Art, FL, Award Winner
2003        Artist at Work Orlando Museum of Art, 3-month Exhibit Representing the Artist Studio Tour
2002        Orlando Furioso,Gallery Postart,Milan Italy,Part of a cultural exchange program with Orlando, 
2001        Sculpture Mile, International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Stienberger, Germany,
2000        The Bronze Exhibit, Studio D’Arts, Arts Foundation of Italy, Milan
1999         Homage to Jacques Cousteau, Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology,                           Milan, Italy,
1998         Under Wraps, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL,
1992         Centrifugal Force, University of Georgia, where I was the curator as well as exhibitor.
1986         New Figures In American Art, Bath House Exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia,
1985         Expression, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Miami, FL,
1984         New Works, a one-person exhibition at Crealdé School of Art,
1984         Juried Exhibition, Orlando Museum of Art,
1981         Insight On Site, Valencia College, Orlando, FL, outdoor sculpture show.
1980        Crealde Faculty Exhibition, Samson Gallery at Stetson University DeLand, FL,