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David Jared McDowell

Artist Bio

David Jared McDowell, is a visual multi-medium artist and owner of Burnt Marshwiggle Studio LLC, specializing in sculpture and leaded stained glass. He has a B.S. in ceramics from Indiana Wesleyan University with special independent study in sculpture and stained glass, and has undergone post-graduate studies in Art Education, as well as studies overseas in art history and photography through Kent State University.  


His studio at the Hub Art Factory is located in the Downtown Canton Arts District, where he has worked and resided for 10 years. Since 2015, McDowell has been the Artist-in-Residence and escape room designer at the Troll Hole Museum and Wisecracks Escape Room in Alliance, OH where his duties range from illustration and diorama exhibit creation to marketing and curatorial duties, as well as costume design and mascot performances.


McDowell receives frequent patronage from Arts in Stark with work frequently themed around local community history and identity, as well as numerous private commissions ranging from paintings and murals to stained-glass windows. In addition to his comprehensive teaching-artist background with Arts in Stark programs and former adjunct professorship of 3-D design at Malone University, McDowell is an experienced public speaker about his work both locally and internationally.

Information Vitae

  • B.S. in Ceramics (with special emphasis on leaded stained glass and sculpture) Indiana Wesleyan University, 2002

  • Art Education studies (non-graduate), Stark State/Kent State University, 2005-07

  • Heritage Tree Monument, Sandy Valley High School, Magnolia, OH, Arts in Stark (AiS) grant recipient, Artist-in-Residence, 2010

  • Various shows, exhibitor, Anderson Creative/Translations Gallery, Canton, OH, 2010-Present

  • Recycled Polar Bear Sculpture, Belden Elementary School, Canton, OH, AiS grant recipient, 2012

  • First artist to receive back to back grants from AiS, 2012

  • Student Created Rube Goldberg Machine, Canton Montessori School, Canton, OH, AiS grant recipient, Teaching Artist, 2013

  • Paper-Thin: Exploring the Limits of Paper Art, Curator, Hub Art Factory, Canton, OH, 2014

  • False Face, Curator/Exhibitor, Hub Art Factory, Canton, OH 2014

  • Jewel Noel, Curator/Exhibitor, Hub Art Factory, Canton, OH 2014

  • Massillon Art Battle contestant, Massillon, OH, 2011-14 (Grand Champion 2013)

  • Gallery 2091, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, exhibitor, 2014

  • Twenty Under 40!, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Stark County, OH, Award Sculptor, 2014

  • Carnival Mask artist for Louisville Constitution Parade, Louisville, OH, 2014

  • Akron Art Prize, Exhibitor, notable press mentions, Akron, OH, 2014

  • Satellite Gallery, Cleveland, OH, exhibitor, 2014

  • Frankenstein: The Puppet Opera, Set design/construction, Translations Gallery, Canton OH, 2014

  • Troll Hole Museum, Artist-in-Residence, Alliance, 2015-Present

  • Selling Out (short film documentary), featured artist/subject,, 2016

  • Mother Goose Land Revisited: Art of the Canton Landmark, Curator/exhibitor and AiS grant recipient (cast aluminum picture frames, carnival photo backdrops), Hub Art Factory, Canton, OH, 2016

  • Balloon Pit, Interactive sculpture installation, Team participant creator/exhibitor, Hub Art Factory, Canton, OH, 2016

  • Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception, Tactile model sculptor (cast aluminum), Massillon Museum, OH, 2016. Show was awarded the designation of “Best Exhibition” of 2017 in Ohio by the Ohio Museum Association.

  • Dancing Plates, Temporary public art kinetic sculpture installation (cast plastic resin, motorized rigs), AiS commission, Minerva, OH, 2017

  • The Camelot Community Project, Lead Designer/Artist/Artistic Director, Arts for Alzheimer’s community improvement project, 2015-Present

  • Arts for Alzheimer’s, Board of directors, 2017-Present

  • Malone University, Adjunct Professor, Three-dimensional Design, Intro to Drawing, Advanced Drawing, 2018 - 2019

  • Escape Room Designer, Wisecracks Escape Room, Alliance, Ohio, 2019-Present

  • Massillon Museum patron award designer, Massillon, OH, 2020

  • Aultman Angel sculpture, Aultman Hospital, Canton, OH, 2020

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