David Furman is Professor Emeritus at the Claremont Colleges in California, where he occupied the Peter and Gloria Gold Endowed Chair from 2004 to 2007. He has had 47 one person shows, and his work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC among others. Furman’s art work has been exhibited in over 500 invitational and group exhibitions and he has presented in over 150 public lectures and workshops internationally.
He's received 3 National Endowment for the Arts fellowships (1975, 1986, 1996), and 3 Fulbright fellowships (1979, 1990, 2000), most recently to Peru, where he was involved in a ceramic tile mural service learning project with an impoverished immigrant community on the edge of Lima. In 2005 his artwork was awarded the Silver Medal at the 3rd World Ceramic Biennale in Icheon, Korea. In August of 2007 he was a U.S. State Dept. Cultural Envoy to Honduras, where he worked with groups of disadvantaged youths and juried the 9th Honduras Biennale of Sculpture and Ceramics. In November 2011 he was the keynote speaker at the California Art Educators Association’s annual conference.