David Deming

David Deming (1943-)

In 2010 after serving twelve years, Deming retired as Director and CEO of the Cleveland Institute of Art. A graduate of the CIA (BFA 1967) and Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA 1970). Like the work of his mentor at the CIA William McVey, Deming’s career and scope as an artist comprises a wide range of subject matter, materials and techniques – from medals and commemorative plaques to public portrait sculptures of President George Bush, Peter B. Lewis, Barbara Jordan, and Winthrop Rockefeller. Deming’s achievement , however, is uniquely his own. Inner Circle (2007), commissioned for the Putnam Collection, takes its inspiration from Chacmool, a folk image in Mesoamerican art which interested him since his student days at the CIA from which Deming developed a number of sculptures. Deming had a successful 28 career as sculptor and teacher with works shown in numerous national exhibitions, (among others the “ American Sculpture Exhibition in the White House First Ladies Garden Washington, D.C.) and included in over one hundred public and private collections. Before returning to his alma mater in 1998 Deming was already recognized nationally as an arts administrator, having served as Chair, Department Art and Art History, University of Texas, Austin (1992-976) and then as Dean of the College of Fine Arts( 1996-98). Among Deming’s achievements as Director of the CIA was his successful leadership in re-aligning the curriculum and initiating a plan to create a unified new campus for the 21st century . In recognition of his role as a civic leader, in 2009 Deming received the Joseph D. Pigott Leadership Award “for his tireless advocacy for the artists and designers in NE Ohio and for building a better University Circle.”

Works in the collection:

41 Inner Circle, 2007
Stainless steel
East 115th Street, North Residential Village, [2007.2]

The Putnam Sculpture Collection
Case Western Reserve University
11201 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7110