Cathy Cunningham-Little is a mixed media sculptor utilizing glass, neon, light, wire, string, and other materials in a variety of ways to explore the phenomena of perception, both the visual interaction of color and light and the mental aspects of perception. Her earlier works were based in mixed media installations and drawings made of light. These were both representational and narrative.
Cathy’s recent works tend more towards abstraction and uses light as a field of energy. These and other artworks give rise to multiple interpretations on the perceptual level through a relationship between the intensity of physical stimuli and their perceptual effects, shaping our beliefs of what we are seeing. The pieces are meditative and potentially extend the visual thought and experience, encouraging viewers to reflect upon their understanding and interpretation of the physical world that surrounds them.
Cathy Lee Cunningham-Little was born in Falls Church Virginia on March 30, 1953. She is the third of 5 daughters of Jack Cunningham, a radio operator in General George Macarthur’s Occupational forces in Japan after World War 2 and his Japanese bride, Akiko. The family moved back to San Antonio in 1950 and Cathy attended local public schools. Cunningham –Little is an accomplished artist and an independent business woman with studies and scholarships at a number of nationally recognized art schools including Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Art and Craft, UTSA, and others. Since 1983 Cathy has run a business in San Antonio called Cunningham Glass Studios, LLC, specializing in client commissions for Stained Glass, Neon, Etched Glass and other glass related products. She has completed several public art projects in Texas and teaches workshops at Southwest School of Art.
Cathy’s exhibition record includes major venues nationally and internationally including such institutions as Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA; Mexi-arte Museum, Austin,TX; Columbus Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio; Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy; Seto Shinyou Kinko Gallery, Seto, Japan; HsinChu Municipal Cultural Center, Taiwan, R.O.C.
She is married to the artist Ken Little and together they maintain studios and a home in downtown San Antonio with their 3 cats.