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
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: 1st national award for sculpture, 2001 ADEX Platinum Award, Design Journal Magazine, Santa Monica
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
2013(March): Best of Show - 3D Award, Bonita Springs National Art Festival
2014: Producers of the movie Hunger Games IV (for 2015 release) obtain Totem Pole (a 1977 sculpture by Dan Murphy) for use in the set. This is the 14th such use of Murphy’s sculptures.
2017: 3 more TV series used of Murphy sculptures, bringing the total TV/Movie uses to more than 20.
2018: The Gifted, Twentieth Century Fox TV series uses Hysteria II (one of my best sculptures)
2022: Poker Face, Russell Crow, Liam Hemsworth movie uses 2 sculptures. 26th movie/TV show to do so.
2022: Best of Show - Metal Award (Jerry Miller Award) Cary Lazy Daze Art Festival
2023: In June, Mr Murphy begins his 48th year as a full time sculptor.
Mr. Murphy’s sculptures have been placed in private collections and commercial settings in 40 states and in many countries on four continents. Collections include the following: 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; Capital Associates, Raleigh, NC; Capital Bank, Boca Raton, Fl; Cleburne Management Company, Cleburne, TX; Community Council for the Arts, Kinston, NC;
Delta Funding Group, Great Neck, NY; Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC; Enesco Imports Corp., Elk Grove Village, Illinois; HRA Associates (Architects), Raleigh, NC; Indeck Power Company, Wheeling, Illinois; Integon Insurance Group, Winston Salem, NC; Kelly Acceptance Corp, Winston Salem, NC; LCC Industries Inc, Clifton, NJ; Metropolitan Edison, Reading, Pa; Mohasco Corporation, Amsterdam, NY; Price Waterhouse CPA, Winston Salem, NC; RJR Nabisco, 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;
Southern National Bank, Winston Salem, NC; TRW Inc., Richardson, TX; TSI Healthcare, Chapel Hill, NC: Ugland Holdings International, Grand Cayman, BWI; United Virginia Bank, Richmond, VA;; 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, both artistically and technically.
STUDIO & GALLERY: 216 SPRING LANE, CHAPEL HILL, NC 27514 919 929-8950