Saturday, December 11, 2010

The MAC @ the Mercantile Coffee House

Sheila Cunningham

opening reception Saturday, December 11, 2010
5:30pm to 7:00pm

on view through January 8th

Sheila Cunningham is the 3rd MAC artist to exhibit at the Mercantile Coffee House in partnership with The MAC - The McKinney Avenue Contemporary.

Mercantile Coffee House
1800 Main Street
Suite 100
Dallas 75201
Historic Mercantile Building

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Fuji Transfer Collage workshop at Ghost Ranch Abiquiu

SunflowersAtKitchenMesa copy

Create beautiful, one-of-a-kind photography-based artworks that reflect the splendor of northern New Mexico while exploring Transfer and Emulsion Lift techniques using Fuji film, which is replacing Polaroid film.
With the creative environment of the Ghost Ranch as the backdrop, you will be inspired to stretch your creative muscles as you compose lasting visuals of your experience. You will learn the exciting transfer techniques and transfer to watercolor paper. With your digital camera, you will have the opportunity to explore, photograph and collect small 3-D natural items and ephemera to be included in your Fuji Transfer Collages.
You will also experiment with several hand-coloring options to enhance your artwork. A handmade book will be created to encase your artworks. You will learn several binding techniques and choose the one you want for your book. For students of all levels. No darkroom experience or equipment needed. Prints will not damaged. Bring digital camera. Optional – bring your favorite 4X6 prints of Ghost Ranch or other favorite photos.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

SALON DU FIT 5 at The Bath House Cultural Center

This is always a fun exhibit. It coincides with the Bath House Cultural Center's 10th Annual Festival of Independent Theatres (FIT). The artwork is hung salon style with chairs and sofas placed in conversational groupings throughout the gallery. The curator is Rita Barnard. More about the salon concept here.

Opening Reception
Saturday, July 12, 2008, 7-9 PM.
Featuring music by the Jamal Mohamed.
Free and open to the public.

The Bath House Cultural Center
521 E Lawther Drive
Dallas, Texas 75218
(214) 670-8749

The exhibit runs July 12-August 9, 2008. One of my cell phone photos from the Shadowlands Series is included this exhibit. Stop by and check it out.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Fierce Exhibit at 14th Street Gallery

The Fierce exhibit is the brainchild of J R Compton of To curate this exhibit he visited artist's studios and wrote about the visits here. Very interesting reading. J R visited with me during the North Dallas Artist Tour.

The artist's in this exhibit are amazing. Come by Saturday night to check it out. The Exhibit will be up through July 29, 2008.

Opening reception
Saturday, July 5, 2008, 6 – 9 pm

14th Street Gallery
1412 14th Street
Plano, Texas 75074

Friday, May 02, 2008

Edgy Photography Exhibition


Rocks, Emulsion Lifts

My artwork, Rock, was juried into the 2008 Edgy Photography Exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO. The juror was Michael Itkoff, an editorial and fine art photographer as well as a founding editor of Daylight Magazine. His Juror's Statement is here.
The exhibit runs through May 31, 2008 at the Center's new gallery in the Poudre River Arts Center. If you are in the area check it out. Or check out the exhibit online.

2008 Edgy Photography Exhibition
The Center for Fine Art Photography
(in the Poudre River Arts Center)
400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Tues - Fri: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Sunday, April 27, 2008

5th Annual North Dallas Artist Tour Video

The Studio Tour was fun. Lots of people came through for art and conversation. I made a video showing our art spaces at stop #11 the Adams Studio, featuring the Pastels of Ann S. Adams and Polaroid Transfers, Emulsion Lifts and Digital Collages of Sheila Cunningham.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

North Dallas Artist Studio Tour


Kitchen Mesa, Polaroid Transfers and Emulsion Lifts

I will be participating again in the North Dallas Artist Studio Tour. This will be my second year and I will again be a visiting artist at the Adams Studio, stop #11.

The tour takes place Saturday April 26, 10 to 5 and Sunday, April 27, 1 to 5. Go to the North Dallas Art website for information on all of the artists and a tour map.

If you are in the Dallas area be sure to check out the tour and stop by to say HI!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Polaroid Transfer Collages workshop at Ghost Ranch

I am teaching the Polaroid Transfer Collages workshop at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico again this summer, August 4-10, 2008. This workshop was such a blast. The students were incredible and created great artwork. The Ghost Ranch was so beautiful; it was just a fabulous week.

The Polaroid Collage, above, was created last summer at Ghost Ranch.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Artist In Residence

Usually, I am the one behind the lens. This month the tables were turned and I found myself in front of the lens! It was great fun though.

Robert Bunch photographed me for the Artist In Residence column in the Far North Dallas issue of the September 2007 Advocate Magazine, pages 8 & 9. Alyson Hall did a great job distilling everything I said into a great article.

But wait, there is more! Marlena Chavira-Medford, Editor of the Preston Hollow & Far North Dallas editions of the Advocate magazine, and Can Turkyilmaz, Photo Editor, came out and video taped me for the September Video of the Month. They were great to work with and made the interviews and photo shoots painless.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Art Exhibit at 14th Street Gallery

The postcard for the Signature Texas Visual Art Association (TVVA) Exhibit features my Emulsion Lift, ROCK, on the back. The exhibit will be at the 14th Street Gallery, a very cool gallery in Plano, TX. Stop by to see lots of great art work.

Signature TVVA Exhibit
September 1 - 27, 2007
Opening Reception
Saturday, September 1, 2007, 7-9pm
1412 14th Street
Plano, TX 75074

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Juror’s Selection


My image, "Wings", was chosen as the Juror’s Selection from the Denver International Airport Invitational Exhibition to be in The Center for Fine Art Photography’s publication, Artists' ShowCase, which is an insert in the July/August 2007 issue of CameraArts magazine.

Artists' ShowCase highlights selected photographs from juried exhibitions sponsored by the Center for May through July 2007.Twelve out of the one hundred fifty images from the Denver International Airport Invitational Exhibition were selected for inclusion. See the exhibit online here.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Art exhibit at Continental Lofts Gallery

I am participating in an exhibit at Continental Lofts Gallery hosted by Art After 5. Great art and great company, stop by for the fun.

New works of art by seven Dallas artists

Hosted by Art After 5
at Continental Lofts Gallery
3311 Elm St. Dallas, TX
Wednesday, August 22

$5.00 donation requested. Wine will be available. There will be a drawing for a wine basket - you must be present to win.

Art After 5 is a non-profit 501c3 organization whose mission is to raise funds and awareness for art education and art programs in the Dallas area. Event proceeds go toward our beneficiaries for 2007-2008, the Academy of Irving ISD & Scottish Rite Hospital.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Exhibit at Denver International Airport

The red arrow points to my digital collage, Wings, in the exhibit at Denver International Airport(DIA) presented by The Center for Fine Art Photography.

Recently, my sister passed through DIA and captured the expanse of the exhibit that ends today.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Member Profile Article

I am featured in the Member Profile column of the June 2007 issue of BrushStrokes, the newsletter of the Texas Visual Art Association (TVAA). The profile was written by Katrina Doran, who when she is not writing the Member Profile column, is a great Mosaicist and Sculptor. Katrina made the interview very painless and did a great job on the article.

Friday, May 25, 2007



If you are traveling through the Denver International Airport(DIA) between May 25 and July 29, 2007, be sure to check out the exhibit in the A concourse and terminal galleries presented by The Center for Fine Art Photography. My digital collage, Wings, was juried into the exhibit that features 150 artworks chosen out of almost 4,000 submissions.

There is a cool short movie about the public art and exhibition spaces at DIA. According to the movie, DIA is one of the largest public art collections in one location in the country.

For Immediate Release
May 25, 2007
Fort Collins, CO USA

Contact: Larry Padgett, Executive Director
970-4224-1010 or


A collection of international fine art photography is being exhibited at Denver International Airport (DIA) in the A concourse and terminal galleries beginning May 25, 2007. The Center for Fine Art Photography is presenting a unique showcase of 150 images from established and emerging photographers throughout the world. Varying from traditional black and white film to digitally altered creations, this remarkable exhibit features selected prints from almost 4,000 images that were submitted for this exhibition.

The DIA Invitational is the last of four exhibitions The Center for Fine Art Photography has displayed at DIA since September 2006. The exhibitions on Concourse A, C and in the Terminal Gallery are located on the mezzanine level. The galleries are open 24 hours a day. It is estimated that this exhibit will be viewed by thousands of people each day until the exhibit ends July 29.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, is located in the
Museum of Contemporary Art building in historic Old Town. The Center is a nonprofit arts organization that receives support from public and private donations, and sponsorships by Hewlett-Packard, Denver International Airport, Fine Print Imaging, and LifePics Professional Services.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Artist Book Exhibit

Trinity River, the View from Continental Viaduct
My artist book, Trinity River, the View from Continental Viaduct, is included in the Focus on Book Arts Faculty and Staff Show at the Multnomah Art Center through June 6. The exhibit then moves to the
library on the Pacific University campus in Forest Grove on June 7 and remains open through the Focus on Book Arts conference. The conference ends Sunday, July 1, 2007.

Center Gallery
Multnomah Arts Center

7688 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland. Oregon 97219
Gallery Hours:
Mon. - Fri. 9 am - 9:30 pm. Saturday, 9 am - 12:30 pm

Pacific University campus Library
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116

Library Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am -8:00 pm
Saturday, 10:00am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, 12:00 Noon - 6:00 pm

It is best to call ahead and check gallery and library hours.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Polaroid Collage Workshop at Focus on Book Arts Conference

This is an exciting event with lots of great buzz! My workshop, Innovative Artworks: Polaroid Collages for Artist Books, will be offered Saturday, 6/30/07 and Sunday, 7/1/07.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Polaroid Transfer Collages Workshop

In conjunction with my exhibit at The Jung Center Gallery, I will be leading a Polaroid Transfer Collage workshop Saturday, May 12 from 10 am - 4 pm. This is a great workshop combining collage and transfer techniques.

Polaroid Transfer Collages: An Art Workshop

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Interpretations Exhibit at The Jung Center Gallery

The Jung Center Gallery is presenting my exhibit,
, in the main gallery May 2-26, 2007. This exhibit features photographic transfers and lifts that are a fusion between photography and paintings. The use of glasses, goggles and lenses represent the filters each of us looks through as we interpret the surrounding world stimulate our imagination.

The side gallery will feature Beryl Striewski’s exhibit, Pop Archetypes. Beryl Striewski’s quirky portrayals bring to life various archetypes made popular by Carl Jung. Using friends as subjects, Beryl closely matches her friend’s personalities to typical archetypes for a more interesting and compelling interpretation of “the Portrait.”

The Artist Reception is Saturday, May 12, 2007, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Both Beryl and I will attend. I am looking forward to catching up with my Houston friends. If you are in Houston be sure to stop by for art and conversation.

The Jung Center is located in the museum district, next to the The Contemporary Arts Museum and across the street from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The Jung Center
5200 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006

Gallery Hours
Monday thru Thursday - 9 am - 7 pm
Friday - 9 am - 4 pm
Saturday - 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Mark Your Calendars

Rock, Emulsion Lifts

I am participating in the NORTH DALLAS ART STUDIO TOUR the last weekend of April. The tour features 28 artists in 15 studios working in photography, painting, sculpture, pottery, collage, metal art, mosaics, textiles and jewelry. A lot of very talented artists.

There is a great article on the tour in the April 2007 issue of The Advocate Magazine.

The tour takes place Saturday April 28, 10 to 5 and Sunday, April 29, 1 to 5. Go to the North Dallas Art website for information on all of the artists and a tour map.

I will be at number 9, the Adams Studio, with artist Ann S. Adams. Ann works in pastel and will have original paintings as well as archival prints of her colorful botanicals. I will be showing the unique Polaroid Transfers and Emulsion Lifts from several of my on-going series.

If you are in the Dallas area be sure to check out the tour and stop by to say HI!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES: Polaroid Transfers & Emulsion Lifts Exhibit At Goodrich Gallery

Insights, Emulsion Lift
Join me on Sunday, February 4, for the opening reception of my exhibit at The Goodrich Gallery in downtown Dallas, Texas. The exhibit features Polaroid Transfers and Emulsion Lifts selected from several of my on-going series. The installation, designed by Scott Berry of Scott Berry Designs, looks fabulous. The exhibit will be up through the end of February. If you are in the Dallas vicinity, stop by and check it out.

SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES: Polaroid Transfers& Emulsion Lifts

at The Goodrich Gallery

February 1 – 28, 2007

Artist’s Reception
Sunday, February 4, 2007 12:00 – 2:00 pm

The Goodrich Gallery
1928 Ross Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75201
inside First United Methodist Church
across from Dallas Museum of Art
Music and Arts Dept, 214-220-2727, ext 218

Gallery Hours:
Sunday to Friday, 9am to 5 pm
Saturday, 8am – Noon

Monday, January 29, 2007

Digital Art Exhibition

Do Not Feed the Birds #1

Three of my digital artworks were juried into the Digital Art Exhibition presented by the Texas Visual Art Association.

Do Not Feed Birds Notice

Two of the artworks, Do Not Feed the Birds #1 & #2, were taken at Bachman Lake on the Northwest side of Love Field Airport in Dallas, Texas. There are large signs discouraging visitors from feeding the birds, as it is a danger to aircraft. People were everywhere with bags of stale bread feeding the birds and having a great time. One person bemoaned the fact that she had forgotten to bring some bread for the birds. No one even noticed the signs. Or maybe they were merely ignoring them.

Texas Visual Art Association presents

Digital Art Exhibition
currated by David Blow

at the Downtown
TVAA Gallery in the Plaza of the Americas
Pearl Street at Ross Avenue

February 2 to March 18, 2007

Gallery Hours; Monday - Friday 10am - 4 pm
For more information go to

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

inner walls exhibit

Whew, I am finally coming up for air! I have been working on my artwork for the exhibit “inner walls” that I am doing with Tuba Oztekin at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas, Texas. The exhibit will run from May 11 – 27, 2006. The Opening Reception is Sunday, May 14, 2006 from 6 – 8 pm.

It is an interesting exhibit. Both Tuba and I use symbolic and metaphorical imagery to show how people have different ways to see the world depending on their own life experiences, cultural differences, surrounding environments and other personal factors. Tuba uses a pinhole camera for her wonderful photographs. My work employs Polaroid Transfers and Emulsion Lifts.

Most of my pieces for this show are Emulsion Lifts. The thing that is so cool about Lifts is they are fluid on the page and really convey a feeling of movement. The artworks I created for this exhibit contain anywhere from 3 to 11 Lifts in each piece. It can be tricky having so many Lifts in each piece but they turned out great.

The artwork for this exhibit is from my optical series that uses glasses, goggles and lenses to represent the filters each of us looks through as we relate to the surrounding world -- the various ways we perceive and react.

If you are in Dallas on Sunday, May 14, stop by the Bath House and say HI!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Transfer Tuesday

Ozark Bench Collage With Flowers, Emulsion Lift
This picturesque scene is on the grounds of the Ozark Folk Center . An inviting place to enjoy lunches during my workshop Garden Portraits: Polaroid Transfer Collages held at the center. The picture is a combination of a photograph of the bench and blooming tree with the real blooms from the tree. It was then made into an Emulsion Lift.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

The Ozarks

I was in the Ozarks at the break of spring to teach a workshop at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR. The trees were bare and only a few wild flowers had started to bloom. The first part of my trip was rainy and overcast. Exploring the surrounding woods when I could was incredible. I was amazed at all of mosses and lichens. Of course, I took lots of photos!
The last part of my trip the sun came out. It seemed like things bloomed overnight. Buds, small white and purple flowers started to show on the trees. Wildflowers were appearing everywhere. It was beautiful. I can only imagine how fabulous it will be when spring is in full bloom.
One late afternoon I was admiring a bluebird sitting in the tree. He was so blue - iridescent when the sun reflected off his feathers. His throat and chest were rust colored surrounding his white belly. He flew to the ground and just sat there for a while. Just as I took the photo he flew away.
Eastern Bluebird
Even the accommodations, the Dry Creek Lodge at The Ozark Folk Center, had great wooded views from every room. I had a chance to try some of the local cusine. My favorite was Tommy's Famous Pizza BBQ & Ribs. I tried the pizza and the BBQ. Yum!