Teaching of high school foreign language and art history.
Recipient of multiple national, regional, and local awards in art and international studies.
Resident Artist at the Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
1. Lehigh Art Alliance Juried Show at the Jewish Community Center, Allentown, PA, April 1982. I was awarded first prize in oil painting.
2. Moravian College, Payne Gallery, Senior Exhibit (one-man show), May, 1982.
3. Open Space Gallery, Allentown, PA (two-man show), January, 1983.
4. Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA, Abstract Constructions (one-man show), May, 1983.
5. Allentown Art Museum Juried Show, August, Celebration '83.
6. Moravian Academy Upper School, Bethlehem, PA: one-man show of paintings, April 2009
7. Antonio Salemne Foundation Group Show, Chen Arts, Allentown, PA
8. Lehigh Art Alliance 75th Anniversary Juried Show at the Allentown Art Museum (October –November, 2010), in which I exhibited 3 paintings.
9. The New Bridge Art Group Show at the Allentown Museum of Art (in the Community Gallery), May 2012
10. Fox Optical Gallery, Bethlehem, PA “New Directions” one-man show, December 2012
11. Banana Factory Resident Artists’ Group Show, Bethlehem, PA, September-- October, 2013
12. Sidetracks Art Gallery, New Hope, PA: “Naked in New Hope” juried show of human figure art works, September 2013
13. Participant in Project Wall with the New Arts Project at Kutztown University
14. Simons Fine Art Gallery, Dublin, PA "New Perspectives" two-man show with Jeff Charlesworth, March, 2014
15. Bethlehem House Gallery, Bethlehem, PA, Fall Show featuring 6 artists, October, 2014--January, 2015
16. Lehigh Art Alliance "Color and Form" juried show at the Baum School, June, 2015.
17. Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA, Group Show of Banana Factory artists, September 2015, 2016, & 2017
18. Eckhaus Gallery one man show, Kutztown, PA, October 2015
19. Gallery at the J, one man painting show with ceramist, November--December, 2016
20. Featured artist in the August, 2017 edition of the Southsider. See article at http://thesouthsider.org/2017/08/16/resident-artist-spotlight-david-sommers/
AWARDS & INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMS:
Faculty adviser for Faces and Cultures Exchange Program with Guatemala: 2014--2017
Assistant leader of 2 youth delegations to the Campamento de Verano (Summer Cuban Moravian Youth Conference) in Matanzas, Cuba, 2014 & 2015
Awarded the National Board Certification for Teachers of World Languages, Nov. 2010.
National Endowment for the Humanities stipend position for Summer 2008 study in Madrid, Spain, in the seminar “Authors in the
Prado” (a multi-disciplinary study program combing Spanish literature with visual art)
Premio Nordeste (North East Award) from the North East Conference on Foreign Language (NECTFL) for summer study at the University of
Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2008
Maron Grant Travel/Study Scholarship to Rome, Italy, 2006
Zolton Fuisz Travel Scholarship to Hungary, 2005
Maron Grant Travel/Study Scholarship to Spain, 2000
RADIO BROADCASTS ON PUBLIC RADIO (WDIY):
Lehigh Valley Discourse interview on Christian Spirituality and Art, July 28, 2015: http://wdiy.org/post/painter-teacher-dave-sommers-moravian-academy-lv-discourse#stream/0
Lehigh Valley Discourse interview on Teaching Religion in College and High School, with Dr. Mark Clatterbuck and David Sommers, May 12, 2016
Soundcloud podcast interview with David Sommers--"My art and the toolbox of design choices from past artists." soundcloud.com/don-victor-369186378/david-g-sommers?fbclid=IwAR2UAPpX4NNYQExFGwykGr5uMkl5nd-f9IbkF5GN611COQ-RPowCmJDjJ14
OTHER VISUAL PRESENTATIONS:
Presentation on the Craft of Seeing and Showing at the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College, March 1, 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC_uts5IOzE&feature=youtu.be
Interview on the Moravian Church in Cuba, April, 2016, with photos that I took of the Moravian Church in Cuba Youth Summer Camp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVqKSiAXAY4