Executive Artistic Director
Kevin Cunningham is an award-winning New York based artist and entrepreneur. He is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group and 3LD Art & Technology Center, 3-Legged Dog's multi-venue high tech development studio in Lower Manhattan. He is known for artistic and technological innovation as well as business innovation in the not for profit arts.
His artistic focus over the last 30 years has been on the creation of large-scale interdisciplinary artwork of all kinds and on the creation of artists' tools that enable intuitive manipulation of time-based and sensory elements. In recent years he has worked to create a self-sufficient platform for artistic experimentation in the face of declining philanthropic support for the arts. The business model leverages his international pool of talented associates and his knowledge and connections in technology and the arts to create custom teams that build one of a kind large-scale artworks and experiences for clients as diverse as the The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lady Gaga. Proceeds from these works finance purely artistic projects where he and his teams develop the tools and methods that drive innovation in the next commission.
He is the recipient of many awards and has received major grants from most major private cultural foundations and has raised significant funding from social and traditional venture capital funds in the U.S. and Europe. Awards and honors include two Rockefeller Foundation Residencies in Bellagio Italy, Edward F. Albee Foundation Residency, selection for the Venice Biennale 2004 and 2008 for interactive media design, 2007 American Theater Wing Hewes Design Award and a Hewes Nomination in 2008. Two of his works have been selected for the prestigious Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design 2011 and Official Selection for the 2013 Sundance, American Film Institute, New York and Hamptons Film Festivals as well as CPH:DOX. He has twice been awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund Grant.