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Summary of Museum, Gallery, & Installation Services
17 years of installation experience • involved in over 200 exhibits • thousands of works hung

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    and galleries. Custom Databases tailored to accommodate the client's specific needs.

exhibition skill sets

Specific combinations of skill sets vary for each exhibit.

Project Management (PM)
scheduling, contractual and legal, exhibition logistics, insurance procurement, condition inspections and reports, installation and deinstallation, monitoring gallery climate, gallery maintenance, gallery security, coordination of support staff and volunteers

Curation (C)
creating exhibition concepts, creative oversight, research, selection of artwork

Installation (I)
arrangement and hanging of work, labeling, and educational displays on walls.

Education (E)
research, design and production of wall texts, displays & signage, catalogues, handouts; managed website, promotional & education web pages , tour oversight

Promotion (P)
advertising, posters, brochures, flyers, invitations, and business cards; managed website, promotional webpages

 



curated exhibits

Altered Realism: Seven from the Upstate (C, I, E)

2017 • Altered Realism: Seven from the Upstate
Upstairs Artspace, Tryon NC

installation

Each of the artists in this show maintains a connection with realism. Through personal vocabularies, they express their distinctive understanding of and unique relationship to reality. The portals they create for the viewer to pass through may have differed, but on the other side of each door are visions of humanity that are thoughtful and provocative.

Featuring works by Addam Duncan, Glenda Guion, Ludovic Nkoth, Nancy O'Dell-Keim, Beth Regula, and Dwight Rose. | Altered Reality webpage|

The Art of Comic Art: an Illustrated History (PM, C, I, E, P)

2010 • The Art of Comic Art: an Illustrated History
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

The American comic strip in its first definitive form was born on October 18, 1896 in a Sunday “Yellow Kid” page drawn by Richard Felton Outcault for WilliamRandolph Hearst’s New York Journal. When Hearst discovered that comic strips sold a lot of newspapers, he was more than glad to expand the features. By the turn of the century, dialogue and art in a strip form had become a definite part of newspapers. On January 12, 1912, Hearst introduced the world’s first daily comic page. This exhibition is comprised of original cartoon panels from The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Tarzan, Little Lulu, The Jetsons, Laurel and Hardy, and Bugs Bunny are a few of the strips represented in this fun and informative exhibit.

Irma & August Cook : New Works in the Collection (PM, C, I, E, P)

2010 • Irma & August Cook : New Works in the Collection
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

August and Irma Cook are credited with bringing art to Spartanburg, but beyond that, they brought art and art education to South Carolina. Generations of artists in Spartanburg and beyond owe their fundamental training to the Cooks - to August who taught at Converse College for 42 years and for many years at his Chesnee studio, and to Irma, who taught in the basement of their South Fairview Extension home. This exhibit was the first public viewing of a major body of drawings and sketches donated to SAM by Howard & Katherine Cook.

Andy Warhol & Friends: 5 Minutes of Fame (PM, co-curated, I, E, P)

2010 • Andy Warhol & Friends: 5 Minutes of Fame
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

This exhibit featured a body of the infamous Polaroids. As they were used as studies for other works, most of the Polaroids were never exhibited during Warhol’s lifetime. These intimate glimpses of celebrity and the ordinary were balanced by other works by Jim Dine, Edward Hill & Suzanne Bloom, Claes Oldenburg, and Phyllis Yes. Whether his work is outrageous or mannerly, coarse or sublime, Warhol's art demands a reponse from the viewer.

A Life’s Passion: selections from the Heavrin Collection (PM, C, I, E, P)

2009 • A Life’s Passion: selections from the Heavrin Collection
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

This exhibit featured works by Elliott Daingerfield, Henry Gasser, Emile Albert Gruppe, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Lester Stevens, Anthony Thieme, Eugene Thomason, and Elizabeth O’Neill Verner.

Georg Arnold Graboné: Artwork and Friendships in Postwar Germany (PM, C, I, E, P)

2009 • Georg Arnold Graboné: Artwork and Friendships in Postwar Germany
Spartanburg Art Museum

installationIn Post-WWII Germany, Prof. Georg Arnold Graboné was well-known for his exceptional use of the palette knife, and was remarkable in its texture and brilliant color. In 1951 Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the commander of occupied Europe. At Winston Churchill’s insistance, Eisenhower took up painting as a hobby and began taking lessons from the artist. Through Eisenhower, Churchill became interested in Arnold Graboné’s painting technique and in the early 1950s, invited him to spend three weeks painting together on the Isle of Man.

Selections from the Palmetto Bank Corporate Collection (PM, C, I, E, P)

2008 • Selections from the Palmetto Bank Corporate Collection
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

In 2007 the Palmetto Bank was awarded the Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts for its continued efforts to support and nurture South Carolina’s arts and artists. Begun over 30 years ago, The Bank’s Corporate Collection represents some of the best art of contemporary South Carolina Artists.

Harold Krisel Print Collection (PM, C, I, E, P)

2008 • Harold Krisel Print Collection
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

Harold Krisel (1920-1996) studied architecture at the Chicago Institute of Design’s New Bauhaus from 1946-1949. He became a member of American Abstract Artists in 1946, and retained this membership for the duration of his life. Once he retired from architecture, Krisel pursued his life long dream of dedicating himself full-time to the fine arts, where he worked on commissioned sculpture, fountains, and graphics in his studio in Bridgehampton, Long Island. Besides having work in prestigious museums in thee U.S. and Europe, Krisel’s work may be seen on the walls at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, the sculpture on Butler Circle on the Wofford College Campus, and now through this generous donation of forty prints by his estate to the permanent collection of the Spartanburg Art Museum.

The Centennial Exhibition of SAM's Permanent Collection (PM, C, I, E, P)

2007 • The Centennial Exhibition of SAM's Permanent Collection
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

“The Girl with the Red Hair,” an oil on canvas by Robert Henri, was acquired by The Arts and Crafts Club in 1907 as the first piece of a permanent collection for the community of Spartanburg. The Palmetto Bank Endowed Permanent Collection now includes works by George Aid, Leonard Baskin, Lowell Birge Harrison, G. Thompson Prichard, and William Trost Richards as well as many Upstate South Carolina artists such as August and Irma Cook, Margaret Law, and Josephine Sibley Couper.

Richard Samuel Roberts (1880-1936) (PM, C, I, E, P)

2006 • Richard Samuel Roberts (1880-1936)
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

During the 1920s and 1930s in Columbia, South Carolina, a black man named Richard Samuel Roberts worked from 4:00 a.m. to noon at the United States Post Office. In the afternoon, Roberts walked to the heart of the segregated city’s African-American commercial district, where he maintained a photography studio. Featuring selections from the Columbia Museum's collection of Roberts's work, this exhibit provides significant insight into Columbia, South Carolina's burgeoning black middle class in the years following World War I and through the Great Depression .

The Architecture & Art of J. Frank Collins (1883-1969 (PM, C, I, E, P)

2006 • The Architecture & Art of J. Frank Collins (1883-1969)
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

An architect of high repute and a man of many other talents, Collins designed many well-known buildings in Spartanburg. The Masonic Temple, old Water Works Building, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Southside Elementary School (now The Arts Center), Duncan Park Stadium, the original Spartanburg General Hospital, and numerous residences are among the legacy as an architect. Included in this exhibit will be examples of his painting, sculpture, ceramics, and woodworking.

Vadim Bora: American Retrospective (PM, C, I, E, P)

2005 • Vadim Bora: American Retrospective
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

The work of Master Sculptor and Painter Vadim Bora reflects the high standards found in classical and contemporary European techniques and traditions. Originally from the republic of North Ossetia in Russia’s Caucasus Mountains, Bora was awarded the coveted status of “Person with Extraordinary Abilities” by the U.S. Government.

Marcus Hamilton (PM, C, I, E, P)

2005 • Marcus Hamilton
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

After a successful career as a nationally known illustrator, Hamilton moved into a second career, that of the weekday cartoonist for the comic strip Dennis the Menace. After a successful career as a nationally known illustrator, Hamilton moved into a second career, that of the weekday cartoonist for the comic strip Dennis the Menace. Not only will this exhibition track the versatile Hamilton’s artistic evolution from artist/illustrator to cartoonist, it will explore the differences and similarities of the two fields.

Regional Printmakers Invitational (PM, C, I, E, P)

2005 • Regional Printmakers Invitational
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

This exhibit had a major educational component that taught the differences between the Four Great Divisions of Printmaking: relief, intaglio, planography, and serigraphy.

Cuba: Un Viaje Judío / Cuba: A Jewish Journey in photographs by Errol Daniels (PM, C, I, E, P)

2004 • Cuba: Un Viaje Judío / Cuba: A Jewish Journey in photographs by Errol Daniels
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

Jews began to emigrate to Cuba from the U.S. during the Cuban War of Independence (Spanish-American War), and from Europe in the first quarter of the 20th century. A joint project between photographer Daniels and the Cuban Association of Artists and Writers has resulted in the book, “Cuba: A Jewish Journey” upon which this bilingual show is based.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg: The Early Years (1957-1966) (PM, C, I, E, P)

2004 • Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg: The Early Years (1957-1966)
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg began meeting on the evening of October 7, 1957 as a coffee group to critique work. It soon became much more. Charter members were: Dorothea Baskin, Hazel Bobo, Betty Jane Bramlett, James “Buck” Buchanan, Lois Cantrell, Frank Coleman, Frank Collins, Irma Cook, Al Fleck, Murray Havens, Thomas Kendrick, John Mabry, Helen Dupre Moseley, Francis Riser, Marianna Smithson, Mary Ellen Suitt, Elizabeth “Libby” Taylor, Lucille Wallace, and Charlotte Wheeler.

Frank Coleman Retrospective (PM, C, I, E, P)

2004 • Frank Coleman Retrospective
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

A founder of both the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg and the Spartanburg Historical Association, Coleman’s use of color was extolled by his former teacher and mentor, Irma Cook. A multi-talented individual, Coleman was also a student of archeology, architecture, photography.

other gallery experience

Rolling Stone Press Collection (E, P)

2012 • Rolling Stone Press Collection
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

This collection of prints represents works by the artists who created lithographs at Rolling Stone Press in collaboration with master printer, Wayne Kline. The prints created at Rolling Stone Press have received significant critical attention worldwide.

Will Henry Stevens (1881-1949) (PM, P)

2011 • Will Henry Stevens (1881-1949)
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

Stevens was an American modernist painter and is known for his paintings and tonal pastels of the South’s rural landscape which ranged from realistic to abstract. His work is represented in the collections of over forty American museums, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Contemporary Conversations, Part II: selections from the State Art Collection (PM, P)

2011 • Contemporary Conversations, Part II:
selections from the State Art Collection

Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

“Curated by Eleanor Heartney, author and contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress, the exhibition is composed of works by 95 contemporary South Carolina artists. The exhibition is designed to suggest both the quality and diversity of the state’s cultural heritage and includes everything from hard-edge geometric abstraction to surrealist tinged dreamscapes. Works are inspired by social issues, memory, local and national history, imagination, art of the past and aesthetic theory. Together they reflect the many voices and diverse concerns of South Carolina artists.”

Faces from Africa II: from the Collection of James Mendes (PM, I, E, P)

2011 • Faces from Africa II: from the Collection of James Mendes
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

This exhibit featured masks from Western and Central Africa that were used functionally for a variety of ceremonies but which are now viewed as representative of African Artistic works. Educational displays included Geo-Political Map of Tribal Africa, the nfluence of African art on 19th and 20th century European art, and description of the cire perdu (lost wax) process.

Wolf Kahn (Oils and Pastels) (I, E, P)

2011 • Wolf Kahn (Oils and Pastels)
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

One of the most important colorists working in America today, Wolf Kahn studied with the well-known teacher and abstract expressionist Hans Hoffman. Kahn’s work has been described as a synthesis of his modern abstract training with Hofmann, the palette of Matisse, Rothko’s sweeping bands of color, and the atmospheric qualities of American Impressionism.

Kent Ullberg: Monuments to Nature (PM, I, P)

2010 • Kent Ullberg: Monuments to Nature
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

Kent Ullberg is recognized as one of world’s foremost wildlife sculptors. In 1990 his peers elected him a full academician to the National Academy, thus making him the first wildlife artist since John James Audubon to receive one of the greatest tributes in American art. His Fort Lauderdale, FL and Omaha, NE installations are the largest wildlife bronze compositions ever done, spanning several city blocks.

PostSecret: Pop Culture Phenomenon (I, P)

2010 • PostSecret: Pop Culture Phenomenon
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

In November 2004, Frank Warren handed out 3,000 postcards to strangers. He invited people to write down a secret anonymously and mail it to him. Each secret had to be true and something that had never been shared with another person. After the first exhibition closed, word of the project spread. People began crafting their own homemade postcards and the artful secrets began arriving from every continent. Today, Warren has received more than 150,000 postcards and they continue to come at a rate of about 1,000 per week. The PostSecret exhibition features more than 400 postcards that bring together the most powerful, poignant, and beautifully intimate secrets Warren has received.

American Society of Marine Artists (PM, I, P)

2009 • American Society of Marine Artists
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

The American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) icelebrated its 30th anniversary with a traveling exhibition of work by more than 100 contemporary marine artists. The ASMA is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to recognize and promote maritime art and history and to encourage cooperation among artists, historians, and mariner enthusiasts. Founded in 1978, it has brought together some of America’s most talented contemporary artists in the marine field, and currently has more than 600 members.

Blossom - Art of Flowers (PM, I, P)

2009 • Blossom - Art of Flowers
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

Flowers have been perennially portrayed by artists for centuries. Perhaps best known in classical art are the flowers featured in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish still-life paintings. In the Twentieth Century, flowers served as an inspiration and source of imagery for one of, if not the most beloved and well-known American artists of feminine gender, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986). In the world of floral art, there has not been a recent, major competition or exhibition equivalent to the blockbusters of other specialty subjects such as animals, birds, national parks, or the west. This international juried, art competition and exhibition was conceived to fill this void, and showcase the quality and diversity of the best work being produced today.

Leon Makielski (1885–1974): American Impressionist (PM, I, E, P)

2008 • Leon Makielski (1885–1974): American Impressionist
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

Makielski was a member of a number of art colonies, both in the United States and in Europe. He exhibited his work at the Paris Salons of 1910 and 1911. J.M. Studebaker, president of Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company, provided Makielski with his financial and moral support during his studies and travels in Europe. In one of his letters of support to the artist during this time, Studebaker inquired about two of his paintings which were shipped to the United States via the steamer, Titanic. As he suspected, the paintings went down with the ship while the artist cancelled his passage on the Titanic to stay on in Europe to paint for another month. Makielski’s move to Ann Arbor in 1915 launched his career as a portrait and landscape painter. During his teaching days in 1923 he painted a portrait of his friend, Robert Frost. This portrait of Frost now hangs in the Museum of Art at the University of Michigan.

Art & the Animal: The 47th Annual Exhibition & National Tour of The Society of Animal Artist (PM, I, E, P)

2008 • Art & the Animal: The 47th Annual Exhibition & National Tour of The Society of Animal Artist
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

The Society of Animal Artists is an association of animal and wildlife painters and sculptors. Some of the finest animal artists from the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Japan, and Australia are represented in the Society’s membership.

Art of the Rainforest (PM, I, P)

2007 • Art of the Rainforest
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

A nationally touring exhibit, Art of the Rainforest featured 60 pieces of artwork by leading artists whose focus is the rainforest. This exhibit ran the stylistic gamut (from photorealism to impressionism) and depicted the diversity of flora and fauna of the world’s great rainforests, over one-third of the total species living in the world today.

People Reading: Selections from the Collection of Donald and Patricia Oresman (PM, I, P)

2007 • "People Reading: Selections from the Collection of Donald and Patricia Oresman>
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

Sixy pieces of work were selected from a collection numbering over twenty-three hundred works that have been featured in portfolios in The New Yorker and The Paris Review. The Oresman’s collection may be the largest and most distinguished collection in America assembled around the particular theme of persons reading. Among the artists whose works were in the Spartanburg exhibit are: Pierre Bonnard, Elizabeth Catlett, Marc Chagall, Fritz Eichenberg, Jean Louis Forain, Edward Gorey, Kyokei Inukai, Clare Leighton, Leo Meissener, Diego Rivera, and Ben Shahn. The exhibit provideD the basis for community programs focused upon the issue of literacy, the literary enterprise, and the pursuits of book and art collecting.

Spectacular Achievements: Audubon’s Animals of North America (PM, I, P)

2007 • Spectacular Achievements: Audubon’s Animals of North America
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

John James Audubon (1785-1851) trekked across the American wilderness to document the birds and mammals of a country teeming with species never before documented in the world of science. This exhibit provides a unique opportunity to view Audubon’s lithographic works in depth and to appreciate his skills as an artist, observer and interpreter of nature. Seventy masterpieces of art and science that are uniquely American will be on display.

body image | body essence - John Magnan, New Bedford, MA (I, P)

2007 • body image | body essence, John Magnan, New Bedford, MA
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

The story of John and Mary Magnan was featured on a CBS Sunday Morning broadcast in 2003. John, a retired Cold War security analyst for the NSA, began creating sculptures soon after his wife Mary was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Powerfully affected by the total surprise of her diagnosis and the ordeal of her surgery and treatment, he responded with an unblinking artistic look at the experience of dealing with cancer. Using recurrent imagery of hair loss to explore the conflict between “who I am” and “what I look like” faced by women with ovarian cancer after its invasive surgery and follow-up treatments. Solemn issues of scarring, fatigue and fertility can be found in some pieces, but so can humorous explorations of “chemo brain,” or hair that refuses to grow back the same as before.

Zhi Lin: Five Capital Executions in China (PM, I, E, P)

2004 • Zhi Lin: Five Capital Executions in China
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

SAM was the last of a four venue tour of this Zhi Lin exhibit, the others being Los Angeles, Seattle, and West Bend Indiana. “Five Capital Executions in China,” has received many prestigious recognitions, including a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Fellowship Grant in Painting, and a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Artists grant at Giverny (France).

Burdé-Monroe African Collection (PM, I, E, P)

2003 • Burdé-Monroe African Collection
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

A significant collection of African art and artifacts, Limestone College’s Burdé-Monroe African Collection is a wonderful body of work which the public seldom sees. The works in this exhibition were collected primarily from expeditions to the Niger River and Guinea Coast of Africa.

Josephine Sibley Couper retrospective (I, E, P)

2002 • Josephine Sibley Couper retrospective
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

Along with Margaret Law, J.S. Couper was one of the founders of The Spartanburg Arts and Crafts Club which brought the first major art exhibition to Spartanburg in 1907 and which led to the purchase of the Robert Henri painting which began the Spartanburg public art collection. Couper studied with William Chase, Elliott Daingerfield, Hugh Breckenridge and André Lhôte in Paris. In 1907, Couper and another Spartanburg artist, Margaret Moffit Law, founded the Arts and Crafts Club. Tickets were sold to the public to raise money, and on May 9, 1907 Robert Henri’s “The Girl with the Red Hair” was hung in the public library.

Eugene Healan Thomason retrospective (I, P)

2002 • Eugene Healan Thomason retrospective
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

Originally from Blacksburg, SC, Thomason associated with the Ashcan school of Painters, and lived for a good time with George Lutz.

Houghton Cranford Smith retrospective (I, E, P)

2002 • Houghton Cranford Smith retrospective
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

Smith was born in New Jersey, studied in Paris under André Lhote and Dada, Smith’s connection to South Carolina was his wife, a native of Lancaster. This retrospective has a number of pieces reflecting summer vacations at S.C.’s Pawley’s Island.

August & Irma Cook retrospective (I, E, P)

2002 • August & Irma Cook retrospective
Spartanburg Art Museum

installation

The impact of the Cooks on art in S.C. was substantial. August created the first Art Department in South Carolina, and Irma’s students formed the nucleus of the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg; the guild was conceived in the Cook’s basement during one of Irma’s classes.

endorsements

“Scott Cunningham managed a number of national travelling exhibitions produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., that were displayed at the Spartanburg Art Museum.

These included: Art and The Animal of the Society of Animal Artists based on Fifth Avenue in New York City, that was also featured at the opening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando; Art of the Rainforest which featured works by leading Amazon specialists such as Mary Helsaple and Richard Sloan, and Gamini Ratnavira of Sri Lanka; Blossom ~ Art of Flowers the first in a pair of internationally juried competitions sponsored by The Susan K. Black Foundation; Paws & Reflect - Art of Canines, the sequel to Feline Fine - Art of Cats; and the sculpture exhibition, Kent Ullberg - A Retrospective.

Scott was responsible for unpacking, condition reporting and re-packing artworks for transit, as well as installation, graphics, and web design. Scott’s virtual design on-line was best exemplified by the webpage he produced for Art of the Rainforest. Scott’s use of space in gallery layout and design was impeccable. We found Scott easy to work with and someone we could count on to follow through.”

David J. Wagner, Ph.D., President
David J. Wagner, L.L.C., Milwaukee, WI

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“Scott Cunningham curated an exhibition of my late husband and partner, international artist Vadim Bora, at the Spartanburg Museum of Art. Around this comprehensive exhibition, entitled “American Retrospective,” Scott planned several endeavors, including a sculpture class, statements and labels in both English and Russian as part of international cultural outreach to the community.

Not only did Scott expertly mount a rather complex collection of drawings, paintings, satirical cartoons, sketches, and sculptures, but he also managed the publicity, resulting in several feature articles. The exhibition information that he managed on the museum’s web site, is still consulted today, as evidenced in hits on the late artist’s web site.

Scott was efficient, creative, thorough, and highly dependable in the planning and implementation of all aspects of this benchmark exhibition.”

Constance E. Richards

“I have worked with Scott on several occasions as he worked to organize exhibitions at the Spartanburg Art Museum. His knowledge of the arts in our community is outstanding and he was able to pull in some wonderful shows.”

Sandy Rupp, Director
Hampton III Gallery, Taylors, SC

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