Candace Knapp




My violins whirl and dance and my pianos toss their keys in the air, my horns get tangled up and my shells curl up and roll away. Sculptures are living entities to me. Each gesture expresses a feeling and each shape has a personality. Seemingly abstract sculptures will have clues that give the piece an identity and yet, like "shape shifters", one identity can turn into another.

A swirling "shell like" shape can become a wave or a creature moving through space. I like to play with forms and leave room for the viewer's imagination.

I most often use wood as my medium because it is the body of a tree and communicates a sense of life energy. It is warm and inviting to the touch. I laminate boards together into the shape I want and then carve. The finished surface can be stained, textured or left natural if the grain is very beautiful.


Sculpture Pursuit Magazine, Spring 2009

2007 Asia-American Internation Wood Sculpture Art Exhibition

The Brevard Art Museum, "Navel Gazing: Artists Visions of Florida"

Mount Dora Center for the Arts Exhibit

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Sculptures,               Paintings




Red Violin ...



Boogie Woogie


Boogie Woogie ...





Spring ...




Pastoral Suite


Pastoral Suite




Chubby Cello

Chubby Cello






Lullaby ...







Heart Center

Heart Center...

Stairway to Heaven


Stairway to Heaven


Birthday Surprise


Birthday Surprise...














Miaoli Wood Sculpture Museum, Sanyi, Taiwan (5 sculptures in permanent collection)
TungHai University, TaiChung, Taiwan ("Flight of Mother Theresa")
Tampa General Hospital ("Collected Momory")
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN, ("Tango Solo")
The Ameriway Bank, Houston, TX, ("The Enfoldment")
The Mobile Oil Corporation, Stockholm, Sweden, ("Three Sisters")
The Northwood Institute. Collection, West Palm Beach, FL (Wind in the Trees)
HageGården Music Center, Edane, Sweden, ("Nyutsprungen")
City of Tampa, FL ("Underwater Ballet" and "Sunlight on the Lake")
Tampa Water Dept. ("The Waterbearers" – bronze fountain)

All Children's Hospital, St Petersburg, FL ("Daydreamers" 12 mobilies, emergency room)

Public Art Commissions

1995 City of St. Petersburg, FL, ("The Enchanted Mangrove Forest", Central Avenue)
1999 Hillsborough County, FL ("Litigation" sculpture, County Courthouse)

2002 Hillsborough County, FL (Pavilion Floor and History Walk, Courthouse Square, downtown Tampa)

2009 City of St Petersburg, FL ("Happy Town Players" 9 large sculptures main library)


"The Mandala of the Holy Ones" installation. Exhibited at the New Visions Conference, Houston, TX; Texas A&M University College Station, TX; a Unitarian church; and a library in Dallas, TX. Acquired by World Peace Center, Lincoln, NE, 1987
"Ten Archetypes" installation. Exhibited at The Sixth Texas Sculpture Symposium, San Antonio, TX; Rachel W. Davis Gallery; The Jung Center; and an Episcopal Church in Houston, TX.


Selected Exhibitions

2018 Two Person show, "Botanamoeba", Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL

2018 Two Person show, "Cultural Center at Pointe Vedra Beach, FL

2017 Group show, "Creatives Exchange", HCC Ybor City Arts Gallery, Tampa, FL

2017 Three Person Show, Museum of Florida Art and Culture, Avon Park, FL

2016 One Person Show, "A Gathering of Imaginary Friends" Art Center Manatee

2013 8 person show "Expanded Visions", Florida Museum for Women Artists, Deland, FL

2012 One Person Show "The Magic Garden "Mt Dora Center for the Arts, Mt Dora, FL

2012 "Expanded Visions", Florida Museum for Women Artists, Deland, FL

2011 Florida Craftsmen, St Petersburg, FL one person show "Voices in the Forest"

2010 Group show, Brevard Art Museum, "Navel Gazing: ArtistsVisions of Fl", Melbourne, FL
2009 Solo Show - "Wild Spirits", Morean Arts Center, St Petersburg, FL
2008 Two Person show - Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
2007 Exchange Exhibiton, Miaoli Wood Sculpture Museum, Sanyik Taiwan
2005 - 51st FL Craftsman Exhibit, Broward Community College, Davie, FL
2002 - Florida Biennial, Deland Museum of Art, Deland, FL
2002 - Two Person Show, Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, FL
49th FL Craftsmen Exhibit, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL, Merit Award
1996 - Solo Exhibition at Donn Roll Gallery in Sarasota, FL
1994 & 1992 - Two Person Show, B.I.G. Arts Center, Sanibel Island, FL
1994 - Solo Exhibition, Modern Art Gallery, Sarasota, FL
1993 - Annual Juried Exhibition, Orlando Museum of Art. Juror: Terrie Sultan, Curator of Contemporary Art, Corcoran Gallery, Wash. D.C.
1991-"Mixed Media" (a four person show) Northwood Institute, West Palm Beach, FL
1990 - Solo Exhibition, Old Government House, Augusta, GA
1989 - "7 NYA", Galleri Kretsen, Södertälje, Sweden
Solo Exhibit, Galleri Östermalm, Stockholm, Sweden
"Spectrum South: The Malone & Hyde Collection", The Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
"Three Artists, Three Playwrights, Three Doors", Rachel W. Davis Gallery, Houston, TX
"Art South", A Biennial Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Memphis, TN. Juror: John Canaday Best of Show in Sculpture.
Solo Exhibition, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX
Solo Exhibition, Temple Junior College, Temple, TX
"Wood in Art", The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
"Doors – Houston Artists" Alley Theatre, Houston, TX
Solo Exhibition, College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX

In addition I have designed sacred spaces and made furniture and or sculptures for 46 churches and temples and carved walls for two hospital chapels.


1974 Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, Academic Fellowship
1971 Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture, The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH,

1971, Awarded "Helen Green Perry Traveling Scholarship" and traveled through Europe and West Africa (across the Sahara) looking at art and people.
1969 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine. Summer. Full scholarship.