Compelled to Create

Paintings by Mr. Eddy Mumma

April 3-June 13, 2020
Sara May Love GalleryEddy Mumma

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

Presented by

Lou and Calynne Hill  FSU College of Medicine

Sponsored by

Allison House Inn     Altrua Global Solutions  Mike Hawkins 

Related Programming

Friday April 3, 2020, 5:30-8pm EVENT CANCELLED

Member-Guest Opening Reception (members and guests free, $5 nonmembers)
At 6:30pm, a special presentation: "Eddy Mumma: The Rescue and Celebration of His Work" by Anne E. Gilroy, the Curator of Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center in Gainesville, Florida. She authored the 2017 catalogue, Mr. Eddy Lives - The Art & Life of Eddy Mumma, the first solo exhibition of Mumma's work. Gilroy will present on Mumma's personal story and exceptional work, but also the influential characters who brought Mumma's work into the public sphere and into illustrious national museum collections.

Saturday May 2, 2020, 11am

Special Presentation "Art as Therapy: Creativity in Uncreative Places" (Exhibition admission free day)!
Dave Gussak, Professor for Florida State University's Graduate Art Therapy Program and Project Coordinator of the FSU/FL-DOC Art Therapy in Prisons Program, will explore the concept of Art as Therapy in a presentation entitled “Creativity in Uncreative Places” through Eddy Mumma’s work, and an exhibition of the work of  several prison inmates, including “The Candy Man". Gussak will explore the therapeutic benefits of art making for artists like Mumma and The Candy Man, and the human drive to create that can flourish in unlikely circumstances and elevate the reality of the creator despite limitation imposed by the environment.

Eddy Mumma

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Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.



Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, 
Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs,
and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture



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