Abstract Earth Gallery

SculpturePainting & DrawingFiber and Paper

Anne Cunningham

Artist's Statement  ::

Pieces by Anne Cunningham:

* Some of these artworks may not be for sale.

Biography  ::
I was born and raised in a small town in southern Ohio. My earliest artistic memory came in the first grade when I colored my polar bears with stripes and polka dots when specifically told to leave them white. I remember standing out in the hallway as punishment, hoping the principal would not come out of his office and scold me. Perhaps my rebellious spirit also began that day!

We always seemed to have crayons, paints paint by number kits, etc. around. There wasn’t much of an art department back then, so formal art instruction was not available until college. I started out at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, studying journalism. I was in an experimental living environment and one of the perks was to spend a week in New York City – visiting museums and galleries, artist’s studios, Harlem schools, Broadway shows- quite an adventure in the 60s! My next year, I transferred to Ohio State University and switched to Art Education – a requirement of my fathers! Big school in the 60s – lots of strange, new art going on – 30 years later, I finally understand some of it!

Years went by, raising a family, traveling around with my husband on various job transfers. I worked as an interior designer for 15 years, always painting for people – personalizing spaces, painting pictures, bench seat cushions, pillows – and so on. In the early 90s while working in a small garden shop in Raleigh, I was exposed to working with copper, bronze, and brass objects, applying chemicals to give them the aged, verdigris look. I took scraps of the metals home and started putting some in my paintings – then more and more until they became all metal with only a small amount of paint.

Over the years, I have continued to experiment using light-weight metals such as copper, brass, aluminum and nickel – shaping, texturizing, applying papers, inks, dyes, and chemicals -creating large and small free –form shapes, structured shapes, layered shapes- often even weaving together the metals. Although I’ve been working this way for over 15 years, I still feel like the exploration has just begun.

Selected Exhibitions:  ::
2005 “Realm of the Senses”, T.A.G. Gallery, Wilmington, NC
2004 International Society Experimental Artists’ 13th Annual Exhibition, Lee County Alliance of the Arts, Fort Myers, Florida
2003 Southern Living Magazine’s 2003 Idea House, Chapel Hill, NC
2003 International Society Experimental Artists’ 12th Annual Exhibition, Beverly Arts Center Chicago, Illinois
2003 Louise Cameron Art Museum Shop, Wilmington, NC
2002 2002 Winter Show, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
2002 “Landscape and Memory”, Sedona Art Center, Sedona, Arizona
2001 “Contemporary Reflections”, New Elements Gallery, Wilmington, NC
2001 International Society Experimental Artists’ Tenth Annual Exhibition Dennos Art Museum, Traverse City, Michigan
2001 Gallery of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs, Colo., “Selected Work from the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media
2001 Artists of Southeastern North Carolina Juried Exhibition, St. John’s Museum of Art, Wilmington, NC
2001 Society of Layerists, Rockport Center for the Arts, “Tides of Change”, Rockport, Tx
2000 International Society Experimental Artists’ Ninth Annual Exhibition, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, Colorado
2000 Caffe Phoenix, Wilmington, NC. New Work by Anne Cunningham and Rachel Willoughby.
1999 Anne Cunningham, Victoria Josephson, Sally Sutton, “Recent Works”, Artsource Gallery, Raleigh, NC
1999 International Society Experimental Artists’ Eighth Annual Exhibition, The Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama
1999 Anne Cunningham & J. Michael Kennedy, “Recent Works”, New Elements Gallery, Wilmington, NC
1999 “Bridging Time & Space”, The Power of Image and Word, Dominican College Library Gallery, San Rafael, California
1999 “Breaking The Pattern, Contemporary women in art”, Gallery 509, Memphis, Tenn.
1999 Wilmington Art Association 17th Annual Spring Show, Wilmington, NC
1998 “Visions Mine”, Agora Gallery, Soho, New York City, New York
1998 International Society Experimental Artists’ Seventh Annual Exhibition, Atrium Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas
1998 National Collage Society 14th Annual Juried Exhibit, Wickenden Gallery, Cleveland, Oh
1998 “Celtic Connections”, Laura Knott Gallery, Haverhill, Maine
1998 Winter Haven Annual Exhibition, Winter Haven, Florida
1998 Wilmington Art Association 16th Annual Spring Show, Wilmington, NC
1998 Southport Annual Art Assoc. Spring Show, Franklin Square Gallery, Southport, NC
1998 Southport Annual 4th of July Show, Franklin Square Gallery, Southport, NC
1997 International Society Experimental Artists’ 6th Annual Exhibition, Longboat Key Art Center, Longboat Key, Florida
1997 “Artsource Presents”, Artsource Gallery, Raleigh, NC