Mon. - Closed
Tue./Wed. - 10am - 5pm
Thurs. - 10am - 7pm
Fri./Sat. - 10am - 5pm
Sun. - Closed
*Closed City Observed Holidays
A non-profit community art center located in Norfolk's NEON District --- 740 Boush St. Norfolk, VA 23510 --- 757-625-4211
David Livingston - 4D Artist
Dave Livingston was born in Norfolk, Virginia, was educated in Southside Hampton Roads, and grew-up primarily in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University.
Shortly before finishing his Ph.D. dissertation, Dave worked as a computer design engineer at IBM Endicott, where he was on a team that designed two models of the IBM PC. After earning the Ph.D., Dr. Dave worked as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Old Dominion University, Virginia Western Community College, and Virginia Military Institute where he retired in 2020 after 34 years as an educator and researcher. During his professorial career, his research interests included robotics and applying electronics and artificial intelligence to musical and physical art.
Along with Dave’s deep interest in electronics, he developed a significant appreciation of Alexander Calder’s mobiles, producing a desire to teach himself how to create similar works. Designing and implementing mobiles during his later high school years and freshman year in college, he developed enough skill to sell a few. However, after beginning intensive studies in his eventual profession, he had to prioritize engineering and put his mobile art aside.
Shortly before retiring from his career as a professor, Dave started creating mobiles again in preparation for post-career activities. After getting positive comments from others viewing his work, he started entering art exhibitions and festivals where the positive evaluations continued. In Dave’s opinion, the best reviews he receives are the smiles on the faces of viewers as they first encounter his work. The only statement he tries to make with the creation of his art is “Have Fun!” Dave’s current ambitions include making evolutionary changes in style and investigating other forms of art including kinetic, interactive, and AI-assisted art. He has exhibited at the Virginia Beach Art Center, the NEON Festival, and the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival.
Dr. Dave’s other interests include music—he’s played bass and rhythm guitar in Jurassic Rock bands—and continuing his research into the application of electronics, computing, and artificial intelligence to kinetic, interactive, digital, and musical arts.