Michael John Cummins

San Francisco, CA

email michael.john.cummins@gmail.com

I have over thirty-five years of working for and with talented people at high quality institutions, primarily in the arts, but also with people in science and industry. I have a great deal of technical and aesthetic knowledge combined with very good communication skills with all kinds of people. Many of my jobs have been Project Manager level of skills. In my life experience I have successfully constructed buildings, legal and financial planning as head of the family and developed property. Earlier in my life I pursued a career as a contemporary artist and have very good drawing, painting skills, and show in very good institutions. I am now returning to my art with new paintings/installations. Other interests include dog training, showing, and breeding. I also have a great deal of knowledge about physical therapy and training as well as very good nutritional cooking and gardening skills.

The last thirteen years of work has been split between being dispatched through Local 16 to weekly jobs in the San Francisco international convention industry as IT, Power Point editor/driver, Stage Manager, Speaker Ready Room, computer networking, video patching and switching, video projection and audio. Beyond the technology the interesting part of this job is paying attention and constantly learning from the presenters about medicine, geophysical science, computer technology, finance, investment, economics and much more. The flextime gave me the opportunity to put this education to use in family planning to manage my mother’s and aunt’s final phase with medical, legal and economic planning. I also developed my mother’s Austin, TX house with a 1400sq.ft. rental addition and then took my inheritance and  am developing a 25 acre property here in rural Northern California.

The eight years of as a special effects model maker, my personal creative production and different jobs dispatched through Local 16 have given me experience with all levels of media from Internet technologies and design, video production, and feature films of different kinds. As a special effects model maker gave me resourceful knowledge of materials, creative team work, and storytelling. During this time I was a direct witness and participant to the digital revolution of the .com rise, fall, continued growth and worked with those that made it and those that did not.

The thirteen years in the Contemporary Fine Art profession, I gained a strong knowledge of aesthetics, and culture as well as the issues of nonprofit organizations. I have a strong knowledge of Art History specifically Modern Art and Bay Area Art. In hindsight I have always worked for the best when they were at their best and during very developmental periods.

Property Development and Management 2002-Present

Constructed 1400 sq. ft. addition and renovated 1960 house in Austin Tx. creating a rental duplex. Developed twenty-five acre ranch in Round Valley CA.

Entertainment & Film Experience: 1987- Present

I.A.T.S.E. Union Local #16 Journeyman Stagehand1990- Present:

Worked film, opera, theater, television, industrials and amusement events as model maker, carpenter, electric, set deco, scenic, video, computer, and projectionist.

Props: “Annie” Golden Gate Theater, Set Deco “True Crime”.

Set Construction: "Nash Bridges", "Patch Adams", "True Crime" and “Bicentennial Man”.


"James and the Giant Peach", Star Trek Generations", "Death Becomes Her", "Hook", "The Abyss", "Experiment at Petaluma" and "Strange Attractor"

Computer Audio Visual Multimedia 1994- Present:

1998-2004 Specialized in Graphics computer/video projection and audio for Industrial shows. Power Point editing for top corporate and educational clients. Driving graphics and video during major shows.  Computer networking for Industrial shows. Taught Local#16 Power Point class.

24 Frame Playback and Director editing "Nash Bridges", "Flubber"

1995-1996 Developed entertainment website business COMET COMICS.

Industrial Light and Magic "Casper the Ghost" Alias creature modeling.

Self trained in Microsoft XP & Vista, Apple OS10, HTML, Unix, Avid-Liquid, Final Cut, Premiere, Maya, AutoCAD, Lightwave, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and many other programs and platforms.

Special Effects Model/Creature Maker 1987-1995:

Worked on all phases of special effects model making and became known for organic models. Portfolio


"James and the Giant Peach" puppet mold making, scenic,


Restoration of "Star Wars" models for Japan and US museums tour.

"Congo" City of Zinge model, "Star Trek Generations" Viridian landscape model, "Fire in the Sky" alien puppets, "Death Becomes Her" model Gothic mansion and landscape model, "Hook" model Never Never Tree, clouds, replacement action birds, baseball, "Star Trek VI" model Enterprise model, "Rocketeer" model Luxembourg zeppelin, rotocopter models, "Backdraft" pyro buildings, "Die Hard II" airport runway model, "Always" 1/5 scale A-27b Invader airplane model, "Indiana Jones III" creature birds, "Ghostbuster II" creature mold work, "Willow" 7x scale sets and props, 1/5 scale redwood forest model. Models and props for commercials for; Intel, Malaysia Airlines, American Airlines, Old Spice, General Electric, AT&T, Poochinskie.


"The Abyss" 1/4 scale radio controlled Flatbed and Cab submarines. I worked two months on location under water sets in South Carolina, Developed underwater break-aways.

Fine Art Experience: 1973-1986

Worked in major museums, galleries, and fine art transportation in San Francisco, New York, Houston, Austin

Levi Strauss Corporation; Preparator, Ollendorff Fine Arts; Chief Preparator, Atthowe Transportation; Preparator

John Alexander and Rosie Shuster; Gofer (John was a SOHO artist and Rosie was a writer for Saturday Night Live)

Whitney Museum of American Art, Preparator

Texas Gallery, Director of the Gallery Annex (Owned by Fredica Hunter, showed artist from James Corcran gallery, Blum Helman Gallery, and others)

Houston Contemporary Arts Museum, Preparator, Public Relations (worked with Jim Harithas and Linda Cathcart as Directors and Paul Schimmel as Curator)

Dominique de Minel, Preparator, Meridth Long Galleries, Preparator, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Preparator



One Man Exhibits

1989 Robert Mondavi Winery, Oakville, California

1984 M.E.C.C.A Marin Experimental Center for Contemporary Arts

Marshall, California

1977 3221 Milam, Houston, Texas

Group Shows

2002 Local 16 members exhibit, SOMA, San Francisco, California

1995 "Hours and Hours" Industrial Light and Magic employees exhibition. Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, California

1985 "Introductions" John Berggruen Gallery

San Francisco, California

1980 Sixth Avenue Show, New York, New York

(predecessor to the Forty Second St. show)

1979 "The Bag Show" Triangle Gallery Houston, Texas

1979 Laundale Annex, Houston, Texas

1977 Port Arthur Tri-State Biannual, Port Arthur, Texas

1976 University of Texas Under Graduate Exhibit, Austin, Texas


1976 Bachelor of Fine Arts University of Texas Austin. Minor in Art history and Arts administration.


2002 Builder and designer of 1400sq. ft. residence addition in Austin, TX making the property a duplex.



1984-1988 CUMMINS Vs. BUDGET

A civil suit that changed the way car rental contracts are written and the way Collision Damage Wavers are sold.

1971-1972 Assistant Continental Cook to Executive Chief at "The Galleria" "Cafe Camille" Austin TX, and continued lifelong interest in the culinary craft and eclectic foods.

Other hobbies include scuba, cycling, gardening, photography, writing, sailing, dog training and camping.


I.A.S.T.E. Local 16, 240 Second St. SF - phone 415 441 6400