I connect to the world in a visual way, and found very early in life, that art could provide a vocabulary and a vehicle for self- expression that enriched my educational and personal development. Along the way, I developed an interest in connecting critical thinking, art theory, and painting.
I was a painter for over 20 years, with my work mostly taking the form of large abstractions based in landscape. Even as I worked to refine my art practice, I found that communicating and sharing the art process was equally important to me. I looked for ways of enabling the arts experience, which resulted in both teaching and program development.
I am interested in all formats for art education, believing in the arts as an important part of the educational process and the job of inspiring young minds. I have taught in many locations and situations for more than 20 years. This connection has been strengthened over time, as I’ve watched my children find their own anchors to education through the arts.
In order to create places where arts education and experiences can take place, I developed an interest and ability in arts program design and administration. Often my role as artist, educator, and arts administrator overlap, and I have done this in several types of situations.
I completed my MFA degree in 2005, where I developed a new artistic premise and body of work based in community collaboration and environmental issues. Through the program, I made strong alliances and connections with national and international artists who work along similar lines under the heading, Eco art.
My art practice now includes digital photography, sculpture, natural materials, text, research, as well as drawing and painting. My current work addresses themes such as garden, global warming, the intersection of culture and landscape, compost, recycled materials, dump/scrap heap sites, and wild vs. tamed spaces.
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I BELIEVE>, WCA/NH Juried Exhibit, Galletly Gallery, New Hampton, NH, November 2014
TELL ME A STORY, WCA/NH Juried Exhibit, Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH, October, 2014
Faculty Exhibit>, Drerup Gallery, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, September, 2014
Internal Landscapes: Eco Art and Exploring Place, New Works by Cynthia Cutting Robinson, Gordon Nash Library, New Hampton, NH, August-September, 2013
Faculty Exhibit, Drerup Gallery, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, September, 2013
EARTH, AIR, FIRE, WATER, Group Exhibit, The Rey Center, Waterville Valley, NH, September- November, 2013
GROWL, NH Women’s Caucus for Art, Juried Show, Drerup Gallery, Plymouth, NH, November, 2012
NH Women’s Caucus on Art Juried Show, Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth, NH, June 2008
Connections:an online exhibit, posted 2007 http://www.artistswithoutwalls.com/connections
Group Show, Tang Museum of Art, Saratoga Springs, New York, June 2005
FEB 05 Group Show, Wood Art Gallery, Montpelier, Vermont, February 2005
Books and Articles: For more details, see Writing
The Garden: A Quiet Common Ground
Stream of Consciousness
It’s All Compost
A Morning in the Woods: Moultonborough Readiness Visit
Review of “Imaging the River” exhibit at Hudson River Museum
“Paradigms on the Move”, a review of the “Groundworks” exhibit, Regina Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University
Recent Program Design and Direction
Director, Karl Drerup Art Gallery, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
Founder/Program Designer, Eco Art a la Carte
Director of Programs and Member Services, Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire
Program Director, Friends of the Arts Regional Arts Council, Plymouth, NH
Educational Program Development Consultant. Capital Center for the Arts, Concord, NH
Art Teacher, Madison Elementary School, Madison, NH (Click Here)
Art Instructor, A PLUS After school program for Plymouth Elementary, Plymouth NH; Campton Elementary, Campton, NH; Russell School, Rumney, NH
Teaching Eco Artist, Eco Art a la Carte, NH
Artist-in-Residence, Substitute Teacher, Moultonborough Central School, NH
MFA Degree, Vermont College, Montpelier, VT Feb.2005
MFA program, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 1991-92
Milton Avery MFA Program, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, Summer 1986
B.S. Studio Art, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1985
Digging into landscape
Investigating environmental ingredients
Connecting to local histories and current interactions
Uncovering a rich soil for dialogue
Believing in the power of art and building community through collaborations, I work with a most basic concept of placing value on the natural landscape, developing an art practice that is based in dialogue and social interaction, balancing philosophical theories with physical intervention and education.
Considering local issues within the context of global culture, I offer alternative outlooks on these issues. I want to use my artwork as an agent for ecological change. Using gardens, trails, and public common spaces as sites and as metaphors, I consider landscapes as a form of cultural compost. The physical setting is where the resident culture’s histories, belief systems, and social activities combine with geographical and environmental ingredients to form a rich soil specific to the location and time period.
My goal is to deepen the connection between people and the natural world through understanding, compassion, and action.
The products of these concepts are made using natural and recycled materials, poetry, narrative text, mapping, drawing, painting, video, photography, collaborative actions, negotiation, and community planning. I consider the inter-personal work just as active an ingredient to the art making as pencils or paint.