Solo and Group Shows:
What a Relief!, Cannon Gallery of Art, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR
Big Ink II, Large Format Woodcuts, Bend Art Center, Bend, OR
Faces in My Head, Paintings by Robert Sumner; Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR
Robert Sumner and Cynthia Spencer, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR
Robert Sumner and Shannon Weber, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR
New Zealand Print Exchange Exhibit, Print Arts Northwest, Portland, OR
PrintArts Northwest 10-Year Anniversary Traveling Exhibition
New Members’ Show, Print Arts Northwest, Portland, OR
Group Invitational, Crockett Art Gallery, Crockett, CA
Masters of Business Administration
University of California, Davis, 2002
Bachelor of Arts, Arts Administration
Old Dominion University, 2000
The utility of words often outshines more subtle lines of communication like a streetlight obscuring the moon’s profound calm with its direct, brash illumination.
Music, dance, and the visual arts glow behind the streetlight.
Henri Bergson theorized a hundred years ago that conscious beings experience time as accreting. It accumulates, and as it builds, our growing memory of lived experience changes the way we see and interact with the world. A jazz number builds as well, expanding, changing key or color while maintaining a connection with the underlying melody, like a meandering river whose destination may not be apparent but whose channel shifts as the current plays off the sand, soil, and rocks.
Such is the experience of painting, both creating and viewing a painting.