Each week, The Cummer will be highlighting each of the 50 artists represented in the upcoming Folio Weekly Invitational Artist Exhibition, on view at the Museum from August 24 – December 2.
Tony Wood was born in Nashville, Tennessee but has lived in Jacksonville since 1981. Wood has studied at both the University of South Carolina and the University of North Florida, where he received his BFA in 2001. Since in Florida, he has studied and worked with such renowned artist and professors as Louise Freshman-Brown, Paul Ladnier and Larry Jon Davis. Working with these artists gave him a strong desire to create works of art almost exclusively based on the human figure and face. In 2002-04, Wood was the Duval County Artist in Residence. These experiences lead to an interest and career as an art instructor in the public school system. Wood has exhibited his artwork throughout Florida and Southeast Georgia and has works in many public and private collections. In 1994 he received a talent grant from the state of Florida and in 2009, received an individual artist grant from the Community Foundation, which allowed him to pursue new approaches in portraiture. Wood is currently showing his artwork in the Southlight Gallery and Studio 121 in downtown Jacksonville.