Nancy & Tom Cunningham

Tom and Nancy Cunningham moved from the metropolitan Detroit area to the California desert in 2012. They became interested in the visual arts as volunteers for the Detroit Artist’s Market, a group founded during the Great Depression to provide visibility and support for young artists. It is still a thriving organization today and is in the heart of Detroit’s University-Cultural District. In Detroit, the Cunningham’s were also actively supported the Cranbrook Institute of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art. Nancy was involved professionally with the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit as well as California’s Art Center College in Pasadena. As a representative of General Motors’ corporate design staff she recruited and mentored young automobile designers. Through the Detroit Artist’s Market and Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies, the Cunningham’s purchased work from many emerging artists. In the Palm Springs area, the Cunningham’s are founding members of the Architecture and Design Museum. Nancy has served as an officer of the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Contemporary Art Council and on an advisory board for the Galen Museum in Palm Desert. She is currently the Founding President of the Literary Society of the Desert and is active in the McCallum Muses.