Judges for ARToberFEST 2016
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.
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
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
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,
Gregory A. Jones
524 Carey Place, Lakeland, FL 33803 (863) 397-3835
Winner of more than 100 Best of Show Awards, Greg has accumulated a list of more than one thousand awards in art competitions around Florida from such prominent jurors as Robert Hughes, art critic for Time magazine; Elaine de Keening, world renowned artist and critic; Barbara Rose, author of American Art Since 1900; and directors and curators of such prestigious institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.C.; the Guggenheim Museum, N.Y.C.; and The National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian, Washington D.C.
The artist was born in Martinsville, VA, 1946, received his undergraduate degrees from Polk Junior College (aka Polk State College), Winter Haven, FL, 1966, and the University of South Florida, Tampa FL, 1968.
To reach inside and free the creative child within each of us is basically what my art is about. I might begin with a used air conditioner filter as in “Dust to Dust” or a bright red cloth tie as in “Man Under Paints With Red Tie”, but from that point I seldom know what direction the work will take. I simply “follow paths through the woods” as I did as a child growing up near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I played in the mud a lot, then grew up and played in the muddy paint a lot. When I played I learned that some good things sometimes happened. Then I learned that I could get the good things that happened to grow like a plant until the whole canvas would sometimes be a good thing.
It is probably from dust that we come and to dust that we go, but in between there is growth. When all is said and done, how much we have grown determines the richness of the soil we leave on which others will trod. From the muddy mess I often make in art and life is born the lesson of humility and discovery.
The idealism of my youth and the realism of adult life run head-on in my work to form an expression that merges seriousness with playfulness and superficiality with depth. Somewhere inside that depth is an innocent child, a very good person who can touch nature, and when I visit with him (or her) I learn to love, to fly, to live. To this day it is that sincere, sensitive child seeing and feeling nature that my art echoes and that moves my spirit to create my mixed media “layered” paintings. I only wish there were more days when he could come out to play.
Rosenquist Invitational Exhibition in Tampa, FL (Chosen by world renowned artist James Rosenquist as his favorite in the show)
159th Annual Exhibition of the National Academy of Design in New York City (The only Florida artist accepted)
One Man Shows Include: Polk Public Museum (aka Polk Museum of Art), Lakeland, FL, 2015 Ridge Art Association, Winter haven; Arts on the park, Lakeland, FL
Group Exhibitions include: Tampa Museum of Art, Polk Museums of Art, Orlando Museum of Art, Jacksonville Museum of Art
Art Festival Awards include: Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Disney Festival Masters, Gasparilla Art Festival, Mayfaire By the Lake, Winter Haven Central Park Festival
Organizations/Memberships include: Florida Artists Group, Ridge Art Association, Lakeland Art Guild
The artist has judged more than 50 exhibits and festivals including the Vero Beach Art Festival, the Cape Coral Riverview Art Festival, the Lake Mary/Heathrow Festival, the Osceola Art Festival, the Mandarin Art Festival in Jacksonville, FL, the Lake Wales Art Festival, and the Art Harvest Festival in Dunedin, FL.