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Mayor Esther Manheimer,
"Ariel" on display in the
Office of the Mayor, 2017..
David Sheldon earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, in
1984. While at RISD, he was selected for the European Honors Program,
which gave him a year in Rome, Italy to study and practice painting. Sheldon
went on to earn a MFA from the University of Maryland in 1990. While a grad
student at UMD, Sheldon received an internship with the Smithsonian
Institution’s Model-making Department, spending a semester learning model-
Sheldon received a Maryland Individual Artist Grant in 1991, for his sculptural
works. In 1995, he received a “Best of Show” award, for his sculptural, diorama
pieces in “Tributaries’, a sculpture show curated by Lee Fleming, then chief
Art Critic for the Washington Post. A successful solo show of paintings and
sculpture followed, at the Troyer, Fitzpatrick, Lassman Gallery in Washington,
D.C. in 1997. Also, at this time, Sheldon worked as sculptor's assistant to
James Sanborn on his monumental sculptural installation, “Kryptos”, at the
Central Intelligence Agency, in Langley, Virginia.
In 1998, Sheldon switched gears, moving with his wife and young family to New
York City, where he launched a career in children’s books. Acquiring
renowned agent, Ms. Ronnie Ann Herman, Sheldon went on to author and
illustrate over a hundred books for children, in the trade and educational
markets. Clients have included: Harper Collins Publishers, Scholastic
Publishing, Walker & Company, Charlesbridge Publishing, Highlights for
Children, Zondervan Publishing, and many others. Currently, Sheldon is
working on a TV show based on his characters, The Freaky Flipsters, with
Bejuba! Entertainment, based in Toronto, Canada.
In 2006, Sheldon moved his family once again, this time to the Asheville area
of Western North Carolina. He resumed his Fine Art activities, teaching in local
colleges and beginning a burgeoning Public Art career with newly acquired
skills in designing and welding metal sculpture. In 2010, Sheldon was awarded
an Individual Artist Grant by the Henderson County Arts Council for his
sculpture work. Sheldon exhibited both paintings and sculpture at the Asheville
Airport, in 2011. A solo show of large-scale paintings and sculpture at the
Satellite Gallery in Asheville followed, in 2015.
Recent highlights include commissions for two, 20’ high, aluminum sculptures
for the city of Greeley, Colorado, in 2016-17, for their Uptown Tree Project. In
2018, Sheldon designed, fabricated and installed, “Mars Cutter”, on the
Greenway of Mars Hill University in Madison County, NC. This sculpture
honors the work of Advanced Superabrasives, whose cutting wheels are on
NASA’s Mars Rovers. It is the first sculpture for the Madison County
Manufacturing Art Park, which will utilize local sculptors in highlighting local
manufacturers. Also, in 2018, Sheldon exhibited his “Field Guide to the Birds
of North America”, a full-gallery installation of over 200 small-scale paintings at
the Tointon Gallery for the Visual Arts, in Greeley. Sheldon continues to
explore and exhibit both painting and sculptural works in the Asheville area of
Western North Carolina.
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