Frank E. Cummings III

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Frank E. Cummings III (born 1938[1]:61) is an artist and professor of fine arts at California State University, Fullerton.[2] Cummings makes wood vessels and furniture using precious materials, inspired by spiritual meanings of objects in Africa.[3]


Cummings was born in Los Angeles, California in 1938. He received his Master of Arts from California State University, Fullerton in 1971.[2] In 1973, Cummings received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to spend two months in Ghana exploring similarities between the identity struggles of African Americans and struggles faced in Africa.[1] In 1981, he returned to Africa, exhibiting his work in Gabon, Ghana, Madagascar, and Malawi.[2]


Cummings' first solo museum exhibition, Sensitivity, was at the Long Beach Museum of Art in 1974.[1]:109 His work is still exhibited at the museum.[4]

The Lipton Collection contains wooden vessels made by Cummings.[1] The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,[3] Minneapolis Institute of Art,[5] and Smithsonian American Art Museum[6] have pieces by Cummings in their collections. His work has been shown in the White House Collection of American Craft.[7]

Selected collections[edit]

  • Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, New York, NY
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  • Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA


  1. ^ a b c d Wallace, Kevin (2011). The Cutting Edge: Contemporary Wood Art and the Lipton Collection. Fine Arts Press. ISBN 9780981993331. 
  2. ^ a b c "Frank E. Cummings III". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Clock". Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  4. ^ John Farrell (December 24, 2013). "Long Beach Museum of Art continues long relationship with Frank Cummings". Press-Telegram. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Ode to Friendship, Old Faces and New (Magic Wand with Portraits of Frank Cummings and David Ellsworth), Frank E. Cummings III". MIA. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Lady Lace with New Shoes by Frank E. Cummings III / American Art". Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Galler. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Frank E. Cummings III". Craft in America. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 

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