Born: 1976, Muncie, Indiana
David McCauley is an interdisciplinary artist based in Miami, FL. His contemporary artwork incorporates graphic design, typography/language, and fabricated materials. As an artist living with paralysis, McCauley applies various adaptive mark making techniques in the creation of his work while exploring topics of inclusion, universal design, accessibility, and the physical state of the human body. His work has been featured internationally in solo and group exhibitions with such institutions as Art Basel Miami Beach, UBS Planet Art, SCOPE Art Show, Galerie Lano (Paris), Cheryl Hazan Gallery (NYC), Projective Space (NYC), and The Richmond Art Museum. David has held artist residencies at The Art Center South Florida/Oolite Arts (Miami Beach), YO Space (Miami), the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), the Laundromat Art Space (Miami), Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM), and Void Projects (Miami). He is represented by Lanoue Gallery in Boston, MA.
McCauley is the founder of The Rise Up Gallery and The Little Haiti Laundromat Art Space. Both 501c3 non profit organizations have been awarded numerous accolades for their programs which provide art therapy workshops to the community and studio/exhibition space for artists.
GRANTS and AWARDS:
- 2018 Creative Access Fellowship - Santa Fe Art Institute
- 2017 Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Finalist
- 2015 Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Recipient
- 2015 Creative Access Fellowship - Vermont Studio Center
- 2015 Knight Foundation People’s Choice Award Finalist
- 2015 Miami Dade Cultural Affairs Community Development Grant
- 2014 Miami Dade Cultural Affairs Community Development Grant
- 2014 Donna Spears Merit Award – Richmond Art Museum
- 2013 Miami Dade Cultural Affairs Community Development Grant
- 2012 Miami Dade Cultural Affairs Community Development Grant
ARTIST IN RESIDENCY:
- 2018 Santa Fe Art Institute
- 2015 Vermont Studio Center
- 2015 Laundromat Art Space
- 2013 Art Center South Florida
- 2013 Yo Space Miami
- 2012 Rise Up Gallery
PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS:
- 2018 Miami Marine Stadium Restoration Project, Miami, FL
- 2017 UBS Planet Art, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL
- 2017 JR's Inside/Out Project, Laundromat Art Space, Miami, FL
- 2016 UBS Planet Art, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL
- 2015 Believe Mural, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL
- 2018 Hustle, The Frank Art Gallery, Pembroke Pines, FL
- 2018 Fresh, Cafeina, Miami, FL
- 2018 Text Messages, Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA
- 2017 Graphic Identity, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
- 2017 Expanse 4.0, Williams-McCall Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
- 2017 Artlifting, West Elm, Boston, MA
- 2016 Superfine, LAS Booth, Miami, FL
- 2016 SCOPE, Miami Independent Thinkers, Miami Beach, FL
- 2016 Expanse 3.0, Williams-McCall Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
- 2016 Constructed Lexicons, Swenson Gallery, Miami, FL
- 2016 Spin Cycle, Laundromat Art Space, Miami, FL
- 2016 A Real Shit Show, Flowerbox Projects, Miami, FL
- 2015 SCOPE, Miami Independent Thinkers, Miami Beach, FL
- 2015 211, Project 924, Miami Beach, FL
- 2015 100+ Degrees In The Shade, Design District, Miami, FL
- 2015 TEXT ME, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
- 2015 Black & White, Laundromat Art Space, Miami, FL
- 2015 So Fresh & So Clean, Laundromat Art Space, Miami, FL
- 2015 FLA/FRA, Richard Shack Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
- 2015 O, Miami, Richard Shack Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
- 2015 Expanse 2.0, Williams-McCall Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
- 2014 SCOPE, Miami Independent Thinkers, Miami Beach, FL
- 2014 Voice, Mana Wynwood, Miami, FL
- 2014 116th Annual Exhibition, Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN
- 2014 Open Season, Williams-McCall Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
- 2014 Wynwood Art Auction, Grand Central, Miami, FL
- 2014 Return of The Bang, WYN317, Miami, FL
- 2014 Average Joe’s, Yo Space, Miami, FL
- 2014 Meridian Windows, ArtCenter South Florida, Miami Beach, FL
- 2014 Stand Out, Rise Up Gallery, Miami, FL
- 2014 Expanse, Williams-McCall Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
- 2014 Winning Art, Richard Shack Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
- 2014 Pinning The Line, Richard Shack Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
- 2014 Windows at Walgreens, ArtCenter South Florida, Miami Beach, FL
- 2013 Doing Work, Rise Up Gallery, Miami, FL
- 2013 You and I are Love, PAX, Miami, FL
- 2013 Uplift, Rise Up Gallery, Miami, FL
- 2012 Standing Together Through Art, Projective Space, New York, NY
- 2011 Breaking Barriers, Rotunda Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
- 2011 ProArts, Tenmarc Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
- 2011 Rise (Pop-Up), Brooklyn Winery, Brooklyn, NY
- 2008 Muncie Artist Guild, Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN
2014 Printmaking Art Center South Florida Miami Beach, FL
2014 Silk Screening Art Center South Florida Miami Beach, FL
2013 Abstract Painting Art Center South Florida Miami Beach, FL
2006 Photography New York University New York, NY
OCTOBER 26, 2017
Meet David McCauley of Laundromat Art Space in Little Haiti
Today we’d like to introduce you to David McCauley.
David, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In 2008 after sustaining a spinal cord injury, I was introduced to art therapy during my 4+ months in a rehabilitation hospital. After my release and reevaluation of certain priorities in life, I began pursuing my passion for art full time as a professional artist participating in small group exhibitions of emerging artists throughout NYC. I moved from NYC to Miami in 2012 and opened up Rise Up Gallery in the Wynwood Arts District. It was an exciting time to be in the vibrant neighborhood. Also in 2012, I established a partnership with Jackson Memorial Hospital to provide pro bono adaptive art workshops to their patients. In mid-2013, I was offered an artist in residency at the Art Center South Florida in Miami Beach, which was an incredible learning experience to be surrounded by many amazing artists. That residency lasted 2 years and upon completion, I co-founded a collective of artists and together we created the Laundromat Art Space in Little Haiti. Since 2015, with help from the Knight Foundation and Miami Dade Cultural Affairs, we’ve established ourselves as a unique cultural arts institution, offering innovative curatorial programs to the community and being routinely recognized as one of the top art galleries/spaces in Miami.
Has it been a smooth road?
Roads always have bumps, twists, and turns. I think one of the greatest challenges for artists and art collectives is finding affordable studio/gallery space. I would love to see more creatives owning their spaces to ensure longevity of an art scene and not just a flash in the pan that developers are able to capitalize on in the short term.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
The Laundromat Art Space is an Artist Residency Program & Exhibition Space for professional Miami artists in the heart of downtown Little Haiti. Our 4500 sq. ft. space houses 9 artist studios and a gallery. We offer engaging community programming and contemporary art exhibitions. Resident artists have the unique opportunity to be part of an environment which fosters collaboration between multidisciplinary creatives and draw influence from the microcosm of Caribbean Culture which defines Little Haiti.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes, I would recommend Miami to a person looking to establish a career in the arts. Our city is an international arts destination (i.e. Art Basel) and is still affordable (somewhat) in comparison to places like NYC and LA. In addition, there are organizations like the Knight Foundation and Miami Dade Cultural Affairs which invest heavily in the local arts community.
ArtLifting in the UBS Planet Art Lounge at Art Basel in Miami Beach
December 12, 2016
Nearly 70,000 tourists flocked to The Miami Convention Center last week for Art Basel--an international art fair with annual shows in Basel, Switzerland; Miami Beach, Florida; and Hong Kong, China. Art Basel showcases contemporary artworks by established and newly emerging artists from across the globe. UBS, the title sponsor of Art Basel in Miami Beach, has a long history of supporting the communities in which it works. To honor the Miami community and its unique art culture, this year's UBS Planet Art Lounge featured ArtLifting's own David McCauley.
David is a mixed media artist. His work blends design, sculpture, typography, and repurposed materials. His urban contemporary artwork is held in prestigious private collections worldwide and has been featured internationally in solo and group exhibitions with such institutions as SCOPE Art Show, Galerie Lano (Paris), Cheryl Hazan Gallery (NYC), Projective Space (NYC), and The Richmond Art Museum. In 2008, David sustained a spinal cord injury at the C6 vertebrae that impaired his hand usage and paralyzed him from the chest down. To cope with the challenges that came with such paralysis, David turned to creating art.
David is also the founder of The Rise Up Gallery and The Little Haiti Laundromat Art Space. Both 501c3 non profit organizations have been awarded numerous accolades for their programs which provide art therapy workshops to the community and studio/exhibition space for artists.
As part of its sponsorship this year, UBS hosted the UBS Planet Art Lounge in the public-access area of the fair. ArtLifting artist David McCauley’s work was showcased through a wall vinyl and take-away coffee cups.
David’s reaction: “I've been fortunate enough to show work in other art fairs, but we all know that Art Basel draws the most prestigious artists, collectors, and gallerists through its doors. It’s humbling to have so many powerful players in the art world exposed to my work.”
ArtLifting is helping artists gain exposure, yes, but beyond that we are trying to show that art can be a driver of social change, that talented artists deserve a chance to have a career making art, and that everyone can contribute to society. We were thrilled to have a presence at Art Basel Miami, not as a traditional booth, but as a point of conversation in the Planet Art Lounge. We hoped this presence would open up a dialogue on the potential that art has to transform lives and communities.