An architect by education and vocation, David has been working with laminated wood sculpture since 1971, and has exhibited his works throughout the U.S. including over twenty states. His work is included in numerous corporate collections as well as permanent collections of the Orlando Museum of Art (FL), the Huntsville Museum of Art (AL) and Wiregrass Museum of Art (Dothan, AL). David received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Fine Arts Council of Florida in 1978. From 1994 to 1997, two of his works were displayed in the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain through the U.S. State Department, and one each have been in U.S. embassies in Latvia, Angola, and Zimbabwe.

David Engdahl sketching at his drawing table.


  • Architect by education and vocation
  • Working in sculpture since 1971
  • Exhibitions in twenty states throughout U. S.
  • Exhibition in U.S. embassies: Bahrain, Latvia, Angola, Zimbabwe
  • Works in collections of Orlando Museum of Art (FL), Huntsville Museum of Art (AL), Wiregrass Museum of Art (Dothan, AL)
  • Works in numerous corporate and private collections
  • Numerous major public and private commissioned works
  • Individual Artist Fellowship from National Endowment for the Arts

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Migration of the Paper Airplanes commission at the Jacksonville International Airport

Press List

  • The Art Beat

    Resident Community News, Peggy Harrell Jennings, January 2024

  • David Engdahl's Private Language in Lamelliform

    Article on www.jaxpsychogeo.com by Tim Gilmore, November 17, 2023

  • The 800 Pound Sculptures That Flew from the Airport to the College

    Article on www.jaxpsychogeo.com by Tim Gilmore, October 20, 2023

  • Florida Sculptors and Their Work 1880-2020

    Book authored by Deborah C. Pollack, published by Schiffer Publishing 2023

  • The Art of Healing

    Book featuring art collection of Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, Jacksonville, Florida 2021

  • Like Christmas Sweaters – Gifts of Public Art

    Folio Weekly, Jacksonville, Florida March 7-13, 2018

  • Engdahl on Exhibit at The Vault at 1930

    Resident Community News, Jacksonville, Florida December 2017

  • Arts Integration – An Education Strategy Business Should Back

    Arbus, Jacksonville, Florida October/November 2017

  • Cultural Council Bestows Annual Honors

    Resident Community News, Jacksonville, Florida June 2017

  • David Engdahl Chosen for 2nd Annual Ann McDonald Baker Award

    The Community Foundations Philanthropic Leadership, Jacksonville, Florida Spring 2017

  • A Plan for our Waterway Wonderland

    Florida Times Union, Jacksonville, Florida March 5, 2017

  • Workshop will Help Artists Conduct Themselves in Businesslike Manner

    Florida Times Union, Charlie Patton, Jacksonville, Florida March 2, 2017

  • Engdahl Honored with Award for Contributions to Art Community

    Community Resident News, Jacksonville, Florida February 2017

  • Arts Notes

    Florida Times Union, Jacksonville, Florida February 19, 2017

  • Modest Visionary (Preston Haskell)

    Social Datebook and Charity Register, Jacksonville, Florida 2016/2017

  • Arts and Culture Showcase – 10 Questions (digital)

    Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida November 4, 2016

  • Stewards of Architecture

    First Coast Magazine, Jacksonville, Florida June 2016

  • ‘Geese’ Flew at Jacksonville International

    Florida Times Union, Sandy Strickland, Jacksonville, Florida June 12, 2016

  • Jacksonville’s River of Lights Boundless, 40 Years - 40 Icons

    Arbus, Jacksonville, Florida May/June 2016

  • 40 Years:40 Icons

    Resident Community News, Jacksonville, Florida May 2016

  • Jacksonville Florida - A Photographic Tour

    Book by Stephanie Marty, Jacksonville, Florida June 2015

  • JAX Face Forward/Let’s Face It,

    Jacksonville, Florida October 2015

  • Local Artists Put Best Faces Forward

    Resident Community News, Jacksonville, Florida October 2015

  • Reflections – Artful Perspectives on the St. Johns River

    Arbus Magazine, Jacksonville, Florida March/April 2015

  • Artists Paired to Make a Natural Fit The Times Union, Jacksonville, Florida February 21, 2015

  • Art Let Loose in the Zoo – ZOO 100

    Arbus Magazine, Jacksonville, Florida October/November 2014

  • All Aboard for Beaches Art Fest

    The Times Union, Jacksonville, Florida October 5, 2014

  • Jacksonville By Design – AIA Celebrates 100 years of Architecture

    Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville, Florida September 2014

  • Jacksonville By Design – MOSH Exhibit Celebrates City’s Architecture

    The Times Union, Jacksonville, Florida September 14, 2014

  • Cultural Council 2.0

    Folio Weekly, Jacksonville, Florida September 3-9, 2014

  • After Retirement New Vistas Keep Opening

    The Times Union, Jacksonville, Florida July 8, 2014

  • Donated Works of Art Enhance Campuses

    Florida State College Foundation, Jacksonville, Florida May 2014

  • Parting Shot

    Resident Community News, Jacksonville, Florida March 2014

  • 50 Years of Stuckeman Works (Alumni)

    Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Penn State 2013

  • Southbank Riverwalk Gets Firmer Foundation

    The Times Union, Jacksonville, Florida September 6, 2013

  • 37th Annual Arts and Culture Awards Honors Three Community Leaders

    Arbus Magazine, Jacksonville, Florida July/August 2013

  • Arts Awards Recognizes Best and Brightest

    Resident Community News, Jacksonville, Florida May 2013

  • Artistic Achievements – Cultural Council Recognizes the Area’s Creative Spirits

    Jacksonville Magazine, Jacksonville, Florida April 2013

  • Cultural Council Recognizes Arts Advocates

    Daily Record, Jacksonville, Florida April 15, 2013

  • Jacksonville’s Creative Community

    Arbus Magazine, Jacksonville, Florida March/April 2013

  • Simple Sound of a Chime is a Sound of Hope

    Resident Community News, Jacksonville, Florida February 2013

  • San Marco Resident to Exhibit New Work at the Karpeles

    Resident Community News, Jacksonville, Florida February 2013

  • Divergence!

    Arbus Magazine, Jacksonville, Florida January/February 2013

  • Installing ‘Installations!’ exhibit

    (Jacksonville, Florida) The Times Union/May 17, 2012

  • The War of Making Art

    Buzz.com/October 2011

  • Creative Characters – A handful of local artists you should know

    Jacksonville Magazine/October 2011

  • Imagination Squared!

    Arbus Magazine, Jacksonville, Florida/September/October 2010

  • ‘Imagination Squared: The Creative Response Experiment’ Opens at MOCA

    Resident Community News, Jacksonville, Florida/September 2010

  • ‘Off The Wall’ exhibit opens at Karpeles today

    (Jacksonville, Florida) The Times Union/March 5, 2010

  • Diverse Creativity

    (Estes Park, CO) The Trail Gazette - Janice Mason/September 16, 2005

  • 150 'Paper' Airplanes Set To Land At Airport

    (Jacksonville, Florida) The Times Union/October 20, 2004

  • Wonders In Wood Delight

    Daytona Beach (FL) News Journal - Laura Stewart/November 16, 2003

  • Precision Is Hallmark Of Wood Works - Engdahl's Sculptures Are Fluid, Organic

    (Jacksonville) The Times Union - Matt Soergel/September 3, 1998

  • Talent From Around The Nation In Bristol Show

    Providence (RI) Journal - Bill Van Sicien/June 26, 1998

  • Architect's Works Are Hands-On Art

    The (Jacksonville) Times Union - Cynthia Parks/July 7, 1993

  • Public Art

    The (Jacksonville) Florida Times Union - Cynthia Parks/May 20, 1990

  • Art Exhibitions A Challenge To Viewers

    The (Jacksonville) Florida Times Union - Ann Hyman/October 9, 1987

  • Cool, Elegant Sculpture - UNF Exhibit By David Engdahl Fuses Intellect and Emotion

    Jacksonville (FL) Journal - Wayne Hamm/May 24, 1984

  • Sculptor's Concrete Takes Form

    The Jacksonville (FL) Times Union - Catherine Enns/May 1, 1984

  • Jacksonville's Airport Art

    (Jacksonville) Florida Times Union/September 25, 1980

  • Art: The Puzzle Pieces Are Beginning To Fit Nicely

    (Jacksonville, FL) The Times Union , Jacksonville Journal - Judy Wells Martin/June 29, 1980

  • A Look-In At Three Smaller Exhibits In The City

    Jacksonville (FL) Journal - Elihu Edelson/May 23, 1980

  • Imagery's Guest Artist Shows Unusual Plywood Sculptures

    Jacksonville (FL) Journal - Elihu Edelson/July 20, 1979

  • Sculpture: An Idea That Flies

    (Jacksonville, FL) The Florida Times Union - Judy Wells Martin/June 15, 1979

  • The Critic Sees

    (Jacksonville, FL) Southeast Entertainer - Jan Taylor/ June 23, 1979

  • Wooden Art - You'll Want To Touch It

    Tallahassee (FL) Democrat - Tom Shroder/February 19, 1978

  • Cummer Gallery Offers 4 Artists

    Jacksonville (FL) Journal - Elihu Edelson/December 4, 1976

  • David Engdahl: He Cut His Teeth On Wood

    (Jacksonville, FL) Times Union And Journal - Harriet Ludwig/August 15, 1976

  • Sculptor, Painter Share Show At JU

    Jacksonville (FL) Journal - Elihu Edelson/July 3, 1976

  • Contemporary Links Two Artists' Works

    St. Petersburg (FL) Independent - Jeanette Crane/March 25, 1976

  • Sculpture Show Is Real Treat

    Tampa (FL) Tribune - Gordon Deals/March 24, 1976

  • Juried Works On Display

    (Orlando, FL) Sentinel Star/May 11, 1975

  • Center Of Modern Art Launches Season

    Gainesville (FL) Sun (/October 5, 1975

  • Architect Works In Wood

    (Jacksonville) Florida Times Union - Gary Wells/December 9, 1974

  • Architect Wins First Prize In Artists Exhibit

    (Chambersburg, PA) Public Opinion/June 6, 1972


David's mother, Nathalie Roth Engdahl, was an artist and nurtured his creative spirit. Her work as an artist continues as a powerful influence on his sculpture. Learn about Nathalie's creative journey and how the beauty of nature inspired her.