BIOGRAPHY: Cecil Herring
A native of Miami, FL, Cecil Herring has been a practicing professional painter, sculptor, jeweler, photo/journalist and digital artist for 47 years. She has shown internationally in Beijing, China, Cologne, Germany and across the U.S. in New York, Miami, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Orlando, North Carolina and Georgia. She has had 33 solo shows and more than100 juried, group invitational exhibits.
She was in Disney'sFestival of the Masters
8 times, and Winter Park Sidewalk Show 9 times. Her digital work
won a Kodak National Innovator award for large format digital
printing and her digital art work was published in Photography,
7th Edition, Prentice-Hall.
Cecil studied at Arrowmont School of
Crafts, U. of Florida, Seminole Community College, Brevard Community
College, McFatter Technical School, and received her Bachelor
of Arts in Humanities the Arts, sculpture, painting, writing,
theatre, and music at U.C.F. in 1986.
Working as writer/photographer for Melbourne Times, Reuters News Services, Fairchild Publications and Florida Today, Cecil covered theApollo Moon Missions including the troubled Apollo 13 mission, subject of, "The Right Stuff." She photographed, interviewed and wrote feature stories about German rocket scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun on Apollo 11 launch day, photographed Dame Sybil Leek for Time Magazine, interviewed Russian Poet Yvgeny Yevtechenko for Florida Today, Dr. Edward Teller, father of the hydrogen bomb for Reuters, and Mel Fisher, discoverer of the Atocha, the sunken 16th century Spanich galleon. Cecil won a Penney-Missouri Journalism Award for her feature stories at Florida Today.
Recently, Discovery Channel's production
company interviewed Cecil about her involvement with the Apollo
13 launch. The interview is scheduled to air July, 2006.
Seeing rocket launches, meeting astronauts and rocket scientists inspired Cecil's lifelong interest in space travel and space art. Her first sculpture installation was called Spacescapes® and shown at Center Gallery, 49 W. 57th St. NYC., October, 1971. Channel 7, ABC NEWS covered the show on its 6 p.m. news program in Manhattan.
During 2004-2006, Cecil recorded Florida's fast disappearing and unique beauty, painting more than 50 paintings with Florida landscapes, seascapes and florals as subjects, designing and publishing a book of Florida landscapes and seascapes. She had a two person Expressionist Landscape show with French landscape painter Jean Claude Roy.
2006-07 Cecil returned to her lifelong
theme of Spacescapes®, going more in depth with large abstract
paintings of Spacescapes, planetary studies, comets and futuristic
images about space travel.
SELECTED COLLECTIONS: 1st Lady Betty Ford, Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, MI; Memorial Hospital, Savannah, GA; Lane Bryant Collections, Florida; Orlando Modern Art Collection; Kodak, Rochester, NY; Titusville City Hall; Saint Charles Cathedral, Orlando; University of Florida Medical Center Library, Gainesville; First Presbyterian Church of Orlando; Americatel Corp., Miami; Phase 2 Publishing, Los Angeles, CA; Heart of Florida United Way, Orlando; Paulucci Enterprises, Sanford; ReMax Realty, Indialantic, FL; Crealde Sculpture Garden, Winter Park, FL and private collectors in the U.S. and Norway.
Leche-Vitrines Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Serious Studios, Galveston, TX; Grand Bohemian Gallery, Orlando; DeBary Mansion, DeBary, FL; Avalon Gallery, Orlando; Marriott Hotel Downtown Gallery, Orlando; EPCOT International Flower Show Sculpture Garden, Walt Disney World; Grand Bohemian Hotel Gallery, Orlando; Cologne Art Fair, Cologne, Germany; Wachovia Financial Center, Orlando; Artist of the Month - Orlando Museum Shop, Orlando; World's Women On-Line, Beijing, China; Seminole Community College, Sanford, FL; Joan Ling Gallery, Gainesville, FL; Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami; Maitland Art Center; Brevard Community College, Cocoa, FL; Duncan Gallery, Stetson U., DeLand, FL; Brevard Art Center and Museum, Melbourne, FL; Loch Haven Art Center (Orlando Museum of Art); Gallery Three, Miami, U. S Air Force Space Museum, Cape Canaveral, FL, Center Art Gallery, New York, NY; Mosconi Hall, San Francisco, CA; Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne; U.C. F. Library, Orlando, FL