Local artist to be displayed in Mansfield Art CenterWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
David Eichenberg is the very portrait of the successful working artist.
The past year in particular has been a whirlwind of exhibitions and awards and his résumé just keeps getting bigger.
Eichenberg was recently asked to display his work at the Mansfield Art Center as part of the highly anticipated group exhibition “As They See Us: 8 Ohio Artists.”
The exhibit is set to kick off June 19 with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m.
“I’m really not sure where they had seen my work, but they just called and asked me to be in the show,” Eichenberg said. “I selected a group of pieces that are good examples of what I do, including a few brand-new ones like ‘Patrick,’ who is an artist that I met in England; he created 100 portraits of people who inspire him. I plan to send him the piece after the exhibition is over.”
Other artists featured in “As They See Us” include Larry Hamill, Kristine Schramer, Ed Valentine, Chun Arthur Wang, Roger J. Williams, John Yan Sun and Barbara Zimmerman.
Eichenberg, who received an undergraduate degree in sculpture from the University of Toledo in 1998, only began painting professionally a few years ago. While at UT, he studied under Professor Thomas Lingeman, while also minoring in painting under Linda Ames-Bell. He was a finalist for the 2010 BP Artist Award and was also a finalist for the 2009 Boochever Portrait Competition, exhibiting in the National Portrait Gallery, located in the Smithsonian Institution.
“The Mansfield Art Center is such a beautiful space; there’s really nothing like it here,” Eichenberg said. “As far as I know, I’m the only Toledo artist included in the exhibit. It was really hard to figure out what to show. It really came down to what was available at the time, as I was planning for two shows, and you’re always looking to display your best work.”
Eichenberg has a number of shows coming up.
“I’m exhibiting as part of the BP again this year, and I have a solo show in London in two months,” Eichenberg said. “My work is also being exhibited at the British Embassy in Paris, but it’s good to be busy.”
“As They See Us” will be on display through July 24. Mansfield Art Center is located at 700 Marion Ave. in Mansfield. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.