David Underwood was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He earned his MFA from Florida State University in 1990, and began teaching art & photography at Carson-Newman University in the same year. He is now a Professor of Art, the Director of Art Exhibitions, and a former Art Dept Chairperson of the institution. Carson-Newman University has offered the BA Degree in Photography since 1980, and is an institutional member of the NASAD.
Underwood has held 29 solo exhibitions and had work included in more than 120 group exhibitions around the USA and Europe. His photographs and mixed-media artworks are included in the permanent collections of 15 museums around the USA. Underwood is a fine-art photographer who uses analog, digital, and alternative photographic methods and materials to make unique artworks which often are about photography itself.
In March and April of 2017, Underwood held a solo exhibition of new and recent photographic and mixed-media work in the Museum Gallery of Carnegie Hall, in Lewisburg, West Virginia. This was his 29th solo exhibition.