compelled to create

Eddy Mumma

Compelled to Create

Paintings by Mr. Eddy Mumma

Online Programs Available Now! (see below)

Open through July 11, 2020

Sara May Love Gallery

Compelled to Create presents spirit-infused work by “Mr. Eddy” Mumma, an individual who was driven to create hundreds of works of unique and powerful art. “Mr. Eddy,” a lonely shut-in due to complications from diabetes, painted hundreds of portraits and then refused to sell them, as were his “companions.” A master of color and composition, Mumma’s highly stylized paintings vibrate with emotion.

This exhibition is curated from the GACM Permanent Collection and private collections, made possible by gifts to the collection by Calynne and Lou Hill and Josh Feldstein. Learn more about the Gadsden Arts Permanent Collection here

Image: Eddy Mumma, untitled, 1969-1986, acrylic on Masonite, 10 3/8 x 15 3/8 inches, Gadsden Arts Center & Museum Permanent Collection, 2018.4.8

Related Programming

Art Talks Live!

Gadsden Arts members are invited to join us for a presentation and discussion on the newest exhibit at Gadsden Arts, Eddy Mumma: Compelled to Create. 

Upcoming live dates
Thursday July 9, 1pm

Join fellow art lovers in this online forum to learn about the life of Eddy Mumma, a lonely shut-in living in Gainesville, Florida, who painted over 1,000 works and refused to sell a single one. The story shares how this reclusive master colorist and his work were discovered, and later, how 800 of his artworks were rescued from the dumpster, to later arrive in major U.S. museums. Anissa Ford, Education Director will give this presentation via ZOOM, followed by opportunities for discussion

Presenting Sponsors

Calynne & Lou Hill

Contributing Sponsors

Mike Hawkins

Traveling Exhibition

Compelled to Create is an exhibition available to travel to other museums. For more information contact Curator Angie Barry, 850.627.5021.

Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.