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David Eichenberg

David Eichenberg


Preferred Medium: 
Oil on Panel
Preferred Style: 
When did you first describe yourself as an artist?: 
I was fortunate enough to have supportive mentors at the University of Toledo, which I attended. I was encouraged to think of myself as an artist from day one of art classes. Something I did not realize at the time but now see is a different approach. Most students I encounter today are taught that they are not to consider themselves artists until they graduate. I am glade that I had the teachers that I did. By their treating me like an equal from day one it gave me the courage and self-confidence that I needed to always push myself to higher and higher goals within my art. For that I am forever greatful to all my mentors at The University of Toledo. 
Describe your early memories of your emerging talent as an artist?: 
It was a struggle at first. I never had any real art classes before taking a drawing class in college. I was thrown into a sink or swim situation, along with students who had, all it seemed, had art classes throughout their middle and high-school years. I pushed myself hard and by time the second quarter was finished I was among the top in the class. In some ways my lack of earlier art education was a bonus because I walked in to college with a blank slate and as absorbent as a dry sponge. It did not take long for me to realize that art is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.   
Formal Training: 
University of Toledo's art program from 1993-1998 when I graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a Major in Sculpture, under Thomas Lingeman, and a Minor in Painting , under Linda Ames Bell.  
Informal Training: 
After my time at the University of Toledo I went to work at Daedalus Bronze Casting Foundry. Over the three years that I was employed their I befriended many artists in the area and was exposed to many professional practices of artists that we did work for. I also worked for Glass Sculptor Jack Schmidt, whom I now rent my studio from. This friendship and acquaintance has been extremely valuable. It has shown me a different side of the art world. A more professional one that I had not been exposed to before meeting Jack. The art world I was exposed to before was one of small public commissions and small exhibitions. The latter was one of museum collected artists and larger more prestigious exhibitions and commissioned works. It was kind of my introduction into the art world that I had read so much about up until that time in magazines or had seen on television. I worked as an administrator for The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) for two years in the new Glass Pavilion. I was the Studio Manager and oversaw the art education, visiting artist program and studio rentals for the glass working area of the School of Art and Design. During the 2 years that I worked for the TMA I learned all I could about the inner working of museums and the behind the scenes details on how they approach and put together exhibitions and their collections. It was also a great way for me to befriend artists which the TMA brought into be part of the Glass Arts Pavilion Project or GAPP. These were either world-renown glass artists or world-renown artists who's media of choice was not glass, but who were brought in for several weeks to work in glass. To see how it would change or impact their work. The informal training that had the biggest impact on my painting was the six months to a year that I spent in 2004 and 2005 heavily experimenting with realism techniques in my studio. It was during this experimentation that I made the shift from sculpture to painting. My painting itself also had taken a large shift. In school I pursued realism, but after school I had turned to abstract expressionism. During this time of exploration and experimentation I shifted back to realism. It was this shift back to realism that my time was spend researching and trying new or advanced techniques that I had not been exposed to in my formal training.    
Other influences: 
The greatest influences in my work are the artists of the Renaissance, like Holbein, Bronzino, Perugino. I do not however only look at these masters of old when I am looking for inspiration. I am also a great admirer of contemporary artist such as Gerhard Richter, Cluck Close, and Damien Hirst. I really do consider myself a student of art and art history, so it is difficult for me to nail down specific persons whom have been influential in my work. I would be hard pressed to find any artist who's work I could not find some aspect of that could potentially become an influence within my work.  
Admired Artists: 
The artists I admire the most are the ones who are true to themselves and are not just out copying other artists. I also look for artists who are not afraid to step outside of a “comfort zone” in order to try something new which might help get their point across in a different medium or setting. With this said, I am really drawn towards artists whom share a work ethic like: Antony Gormley, Cluck-Close, and Gerhard Richter. The style does not matter as much to me as does their work ethic and the philosophy behind the creation of their work(s) that they utilize.    
Role of figurative art: 
Besides the obvious recording of human history I think the role of figurative work is to make easily obtainable connections between the viewer and the artist(s). I view the figure as a tool that should be used in order to help close the gap that can exist between the artist and viewer. This tool can help bring the viewer into the work because of it's recognizable attributes, so that the artist can then expand on whatever the underlying message is within the work that he/she is trying to convey.
Favorite Gallery: 
Some of my favorite museums are the Louvre, the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy, the Academia in Florence, The Toledo Museum of Art, which is one of the top 10 in the United States. The National Museum in Washington D.C. And the Hirschorn Museum in Washington D.C. I can not wait to visit the Museums of London during my first visit to the UK for the BP Award reception during June.  
Other Interests: 
I do not have any other careers. My other interests include travel, movies, reading, music, politics, and spending time with my wife and daughters.
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Autobiographical Sketch:
David J. Eichenberg
Born: Toledo, Ohio, 1972
Current Residence: Toledo, Ohio

The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, B.F.A., 1998
Major in sculpture with Thomas Lingeman, Minor in painting with Linda Ames-Bell.

Professional Experience:
1995 Assistant to Artist Albert Paley, "Art to Art" The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
1995-97 Sculpture Lab Assistant, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
1996 Personal Assistant to Art Department Chair, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
1996-2007 Sculpture Instructor, The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
1997 Teaching Assistant, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
1997-98 Committee Member, One Percent for the Arts, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
1997-00 Foundry Technician, Daedalus Art Foundry, Petersburg, MI
2000 Assistant to Sculptor \ Glass Artist Jack Schmidt, Toledo, OH
2001 Visual Coordinator for "It's Reigning Frogs", Toledo, OH
2002-2005 Sculpture Lab Technician, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
2005-2007 Studio Manager of Glass Arts, The Glass Pavilion, The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

Exhibitions (Selected Solo Shows):
1999 "Sub Artum", Flatlanders Gallery, Blissfield, MI
2003 "Meet the Artist", Toledo Museum Gallery, Westgate, Toledo, OH
2004 "Clarity", Carlson Gallery, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
2009 "In the Details", Sage Center for the Arts, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI

Exhibitions (Selected Group Shows):
1999 "Body and Soul", Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester Hills, MI
2000 "Where the Boys Are", Revee Gallery, Sylvania, OH
2000 "Yellow Fever", Revee Gallery, Sylvania, OH
2001 "Art in the Workplace", The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
2002 "Painting as an Abstraction" Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester Hills, MI
2002 "2002 National Show" Gallery 100, Cape Girardeau, MO
2003 "2003 National Show", Cape Girardeau, MO
2004 "Faculty Show", Carlson Library, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
2004 "Faculty Show 2004", Block Gallery, Center for Visual Studies, Toledo, OH
2004 "Ottawa Hills Outdoor Sculpture Show", Ottawa Hills, OH
2004 "Schedel Outdoor Sculpture Show", Elmore, OH
2004 "MSI outdoor sculpture show, Blissfield Corridor", Blissfield, MI
2005 "Toledo Area Artist Show" Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
2005 "Sculptors Guild Out door Show", Gibbsonburg, OH
2006 "Three Artists" Flatlanders Gallery, Blissfield, MI
2007 "Faces" Walter E. Terhune Gallery, Owens Community Gallery, Toledo, OH
2007 "Small yet Mighty", Schedel Gardens, Elmore, OH
2008 "Inside Outside", Walter E. Terhune Gallery, Owens Community
Gallery, Toledo, OH
2008 "On the Water", The American Gallery, Sylvania, Ohio
2009 "Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2009", Finalist, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC
2009 "Mix it Up", The Secor Gallery, The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Toledo, OH
2009 "Two Up", Downtown Depot Gallery, Ypsalanti, MI
2009 "Salmagundi Art Club 32nd Annual Non-Members Exhibition, Salmagundi Art Club Gallery,
New York, NY
2009 "Richeson75 International Still-life and Floral Exhibition, Richeson Gallery, Kimberly, WI
2009 "The Variey Show", Space 237 Gallery, Toledo, OH
2009 " 100 Years Invitational", Block Gallery The University of Toledo CVA, Toledo, OH
2009 "OH+5", The Dairy Barn Center for the Arts, Athens, OH
2010 "Richeson 75 International Small Works Exhibition 2010", Richeson Gallery, Kimberly, WI
2010 "BP Award Portrait Exhibition 2010", National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
2010 "Contemporary American Realism: 2010 Biennial" Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Awards and Honors:
1998 Awarded Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievements in the College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
1999 Spot Light Artist, July, CultureVulture.net
2005 First Place, "Toledo Area Artist Show" Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
2009 Finalist, Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2009", Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC
2009 2nd Place, Richeson 75 International Still-life and Floral Exhibition, Kimberly, WI
2010 2nd Place, Richeson 75 International Small Works Exhibition 2010, Kimberly, WI
2010 Shortlisted for award, TBD June 22, BP Award Portrait Exhibition 2010, London, UK

2003 - Present "Who's Who in America"
2003 - Present "Who's Who in the World"
2009- Richeson 75 International Still-life and Floral Exhibition Catalog
2009- Outwin Boochever Portrait Exhibition 2009 Catalog
2010- Richeson 75 Internatinal Small Works Exhibition 2010

Gallery and Representation:
Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL
20 North Gallery, Toledo, OH