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    Artist Medium:Sculpture
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    Studio Name:Dan Murphy Studio & Gallery Street Address:216 Spring Lane City:Chapel Hill State:NC Zip Code:27514 Phone:919-929-8950 Website:
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    Abstract Metal Sculpture and Jewelry

    Dan Murphy is in his 45th year as full time sculptor of abstract metal sculpture. Recently, he started creating jewelry that resembles his sculptures. He is entirely self taught. His sculptures are located throughout most of the USA and also in many other countries on 4 continents. His work has been used in Hollywood movies more than 20 times since the late 1970's.

    Dan has his studio, with a separate adjoining gallery, 1 1/2 blocks from Franklin Street, downtown Chapel Hill, NC. Visitors welcome, but please call first.

    216 Spring Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 919-929-8950



    Birth date: March 28, 1942
    Home: Originally, Chicago; since 1975, Chapel Hill, NC
    1964: Accounting Degree, University of Notre Dame
    1966: MBA, Ohio State University
    1965 - 1975: Teacher and Coach, Mount Carmel H.S., Chicago
    1975-76: Law school, University of North Carolina
    1976 - present: Sculptor


    1976 (June): Completed first sculpture and began career as full time sculptor.
    1979: The first of many uses of Dan's sculptures in Hollywood and foreign movies, TV productions, and advertisements.
    1980(May): One person show, Kinston Art Center, Kinston, NC.
    1980-81: Designed the solar building that houses current studio.
    1984(April): One person show, University of North Carolina, Carolina Union Gallery
    1987(Sept): One person show, Ninth Street Gallery, Durham, NC
    1987(Sept): Northern Telecom annual sculpture exhibition, Research Triangle Park, NC
    1989(August): One person show, ERL Originals, Winston Salem, NC
    1993(January): One person show, Robb & Stuckey, Naples, Fl.
    1993(January): One person show, Robb & Stuckey, Sarasota, Fl.
    1995(October): Completed construction of and opened gallery adjoining studio near downtown Chapel Hill, NC
    2000(October): One person show, Limited Additions Gallery, Maryland Heights (St. Louis), Mo.
    2002(Feb): Won first national award for sculpture, 2001 ADEX Platinum Award, Design Journal Magazine, Santa Monica, Ca.
    2003(March): Awarded 2002 ADEX Platinum Award, Design Journal Magazine, Santa Monica, Ca.
    2003(Dec): Reinstallation of 2 sculptures at main entrance to Duke Hospitals.
    2005(Mar-Apr): One person show, Carol Woods, Chapel Hill, NC.
    2005(May): Purchase award, Art on the Lawn, Danville, Va.
    2011((Feb): One person show, University of North Carolina, Carolina Union Gallery.


    Mr. Murphy's sculptures have been placed in private collections and commercial settings in 40 states and in many countries on four continents. A few examples: Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc, Raleigh, NC: Alfa Corp., Nueva Laredo, Mexico; Air Industries Systems Corp, Troy, Michigan; American Marketing Center Inc., New York City; Cleburne Management Company, Cleburne, TX; Delta Funding Group, Great Neck, NY; Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC; Enesco Imports Corp., Elk Grove Village, Illinois; Metropolitan Edison, Reading, Pa; Mohasco Corporation, Amsterdam, NY; Price Waterhouse CPA, Winston Salem, NC; SAS Institute Inc. Corporate Headquarters, Cary, NC; SAS Institute Inc regional offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Rockville Md. and San Francisco; RJR Nabisco, Winston Salem, NC; TRW Inc., Richardson, TX; Ugland Holdings International, Grand Cayman, BWI; Wachovia Bank Corp, Research Triangle Park, NC.

    All of the metal forming methods and equipment used were designed and made by Dan Murphy. Mr. Murphy is completely self taught.

    STUDIO & GALLERY: 216 SPRING LANE, CHAPEL HILL, NC 27514 919 929-8950

    FUN FACTS: Dan Murphy's sculptures have been acquired for use in movies and television. Some of those uses:
    *2017 HALT & CATCH FIRE (season IV),  AMC TV

    *2017 THE QUAD, BET TV Series

    *2016 DOG EAT DOG, a Nicholas Cage Movie

    *2015 HUNGER GAMES: MOCKING JAY PART II,  a Jennifer Lawrence movie
    *2014 X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST,  a Hugh Jackman & Jennifer Lawrence movie
    *2013 THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, a Leonardo DiCaprio / Martin Scorcece movie
    *2013 NASHVILLE (Season II) ABC-TV Series
    *2012 NASHVILLE (Season I)
    *2012 NAKITA WBTV Series
    *2009 THE NANNY EXPRESS, a Hallmark Movie
    *2002 DAWSON'S CREEK WBTV Series
    *1993 VALEXIA & MAXIMILIANO,  Mexican TV. Also on                  Latin stations in USA
    *1993 AD FOR 'LA CHIMOLTXUHIA' MAGAZINE on                         Mexican TV
    *1982 CRACKING UP (SMORGASBORD was European                        release title) a Jerry Lewis Movie
    *1979 HOUSE HUNTING ABC-TV Movie
    *1979 CLIFF HANGERS NBC-TV Series

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