Cynthia Connolly

Cynthia Connolly was born in Los Angeles, and grew up in Washington, DC where she attended the Corcoran School of Art (BFA in Graphic Design 1985); in 2003 she received a certificate from Auburn University's design/build architecture program The Rural Studio.  Internationally shown and a prolific artist, she is known for works in the Beautiful Losers exhibit, the book Banned in DC, her post cards, programming at d.c. space, and curatorial work at the Ellipse Arts Center, and Artisphere.   Her photography is in many private collections as well as the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.  She has exhibited at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Casa Encendida in Madrid, Spain,  and many other national and international galleries and museums.   Her art connects disparate places, people and things.

Education

  • 2003  Certificate: Outreach program at the Rural Studio/Auburn University, Newbern, Alabama
  • 1985  BFA, Graphic Design, Corcoran College of Art + Design

Solo Exhibitions

  • Civilian Art Projects, “Letters on Top of Buildings”, Washington, DC
  • Mix ‘n’Match with add on installations by invited artists and curators, The Quality Mending Co, New York, NY
  • Arlington Arts Center, “See all Fifteen at Once”, Arlington, Virginia
  • Transformer, “Cynthia Connolly: Photgs”, in Western Alabama”, Washington, DC
  • Reading Frenzy, Portland, Oregon
  • Space 1026, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mott’s Market Art Bar, Washington, DC
  • La Haceria, Bilbao, Spain
  • Aktiongalerie, Berlin, Germany
  • Total Bar, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Leoncavallo, Milan, Italy
  • The Forte Prenestino, Rome, Italy

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2013 Contemporary Wing, Pop-Up exhibition, “Mumbo Sauce”, curated by Lauren Gentile and Roger Gastman, Washington, DC
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art, “Letters on Top of Buildings”, Washington, DC
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art, PUMP ME UP: DC Subcultures of the 1980’s, group exhibition curated by Roger Gastman, Washington, DC
  • 2012  Corcoran Gallery of Art, Transformer Benefit Auction, Washington, DC
  • DCAC, Cuisine Des Artistes, benefit collaborating with a DC area chef (2012)
  • ATPTRAUM! at Green Papaya Art Projects, Quezon City, Philippines (2012)
  • 2011  Corcoran Gallery 31 “Transformers” Group Show, Washington, DC
  • Nomad Art Gallery, Group show curated by Rich Jacobs, Los Angeles, California
  • 2010  Move, curated by Rich Jacobs, Space 1026, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Homegrown, showing Work in Progress with Jeff Hnlika, Transformer Gallery, Washington, DC
  • Reyes and Davis Gallery, benefit auction for Project Create
  • 2009  Grafika, a Collection of Prints by the Beautiful Losers Artists, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Latifa Echakhchat at The Swiss Institute with the Ooga Booga exhibit, New York, New York
  • Transformer Benefit Auction, Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, DC
  • “Hold and Cold”, group exhibition, Baer Ridgeway, San Francisco, California
  • “Dime Bag” curated by Jorin Isip and Rodger Stevens, Giant Robot, New York,, New York
  • “Recent Acquisitions” for the Corcoran Gallery of Art Collection, Washington, DC
  • No Soul For Sale, X Initiative, New York, New York
  • Gift Exchange, curated by Laura Roulet, DCAC, Washington, DC
  • “Friends” with Tim Kerr, Rich Jacobs, Michael Seiben and Bill Daniel, Domy Books, Houston Texas
  • “Friends” with Tim Kerr, Rich Jacobs, Michael Seiben and Bill Daniel, Domy Books, Austin, Texas
  • “Move 18: Listen with your Eyes and Ears Wide Open, This Time” curated by Rich Jacobs, Park Life Gallery, San Francisco, California
  • Katzen Arts Center, WPA auction exhibit, Washington DC
  • 2008  Arlington Arts Center, “Unlimited Edition”, Arlington Virginia
  • “Panorama Project 3”, curated by Jordin Isip and Rodger Stevens, Johnathan LeVine Gallery, New York, New York
  • Casa Encendida, “Beautiful Losers”,Madrid, Spain
  • Ã…rhus Kunstbygning, “Beautiful Losers”, Arhus, Demark
  • Needles and Pens, “5th Anniversary, 50thArt Show” San Francisco, California
  • Arlington Arts Center, Transformer’s “Flat Mates” exhibit
  • Community Outreach, Canada
  • 2007  Transformer, “Flat Files” Washington, DC
  • Muzeum Sztuki, “Beautiful Losers”, Lodz, Poland
  • (con)temporary art show, Reno, Nevada
  • Robert and Holly Maass Gallery, “Infobabble” curated by Aaron Rose, SUNY, New York
  • 2006  96 Gillespie, London, England
  • Juice Design, San Francisco, California
  • “Beautiful Losers”, La Triennale Di Milano, Milan, Italy
  • Needles and Pens, “Failed Attempts at Space Travel”, San Francisco, California
  • Staunton Augusta Arts Center, CABOMA Photos, Staunton, Virginia
  • 2005  Fusebox, Transformer Benefit Auction, Washington, DC
  • Baltimore Contemporary, Beautiful Losers”, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Clementine, “Move”, New York, New York.
  • Orange County Museum of Art, “Beautiful Losers”, Newport Beach, California
  • WPA/Corcoran Art Auction, Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Newspace “Animals”, Portland, Oregon
  • 2004  96Gillespie, “Move 11”, London England
  • Roberts & Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • Reading Frenzy, Portland, Oregon
  • The National Building Museum, The Rural Studio/Sambo Mockbee Exhibit, Washington, DC
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, “Beautiful Losers”, San Francisco, California
  • Transformer, Washington, DC
  • Ellipse Arts Center, grant awardees show, Arlington, Virginia
  • Fifty/24 Gallery, San Francisco, California
  • Camp Fig, Austin, Texas
  • The Contemporary Arts Center, “Beautiful Losers”, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • 96 Gillespie, London, England
  • DCAC, “Girls Against Boys”, Washington, DC
  • 2003  111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, California
  • The Glasshouse, Pomona, California
  • Birmingham Museum of Contemporary Art, Birmingham, Alabama
  • “Starscape” Baltimore, Maryland
  • New Image Art, “Lead Poisoning”, Los Angeles, California
  • Galllery 4016 “Novelty Camera Show”, Los Angeles, California
  • Rural Studio’s Chantilly, Newbern, Alabama
  • New Image Art, “Crazy Bastard”, Los Angeles, California
  • Beacon Street Studios, “Wake Up!”, Greensboro, Alabama
  • Architektursentrum Wien, Rural Studio Exhibit, Vienna, Austria
  • Space 1026, “Man, I feel like a Woman”, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Front Room, “Dime Bag” Brooklyn, New York
  • Front Room, “Assemby”, Brooklyn, New York
  • Musuem of Contemporary Art, “Lady Brain Space Mind Meld” Washington, DC
  • The Luggage Store, “Pretty Gritty” San Francisco, California
  • Spaces Gallery, “Page Me”, Cleveland, Ohio,
  • Juice, “The Music” San Francisco, California
  • 2002  Cinco Design, Portland, Oregon
  • Beacon Street Gallery, Greensboro, Alabama
  • Extipograph, Ravenna, Italy
  • Coleman Arts Center, York, Alabama
  • Book, Transformer, Washington, DC
  • Virgin Airways, Dulles Airport, Virginia
  • Sestosenso, Bologna, Italy
  • DCAC, LadyfestDC, Washington, DC
  • Starscape Festival, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Space 1026 show, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The Front Room, Panarama, Brooklyn, New York
  • 69A, Panorama, San Francisco, California
  • New Image Art, MOVE 8, Los Angeles, California
  • 2001  Patch 155, Holiday Very Small Art Show, New York, New York
  • Space 1026, Flipbook Art Show, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Spector Gallery,”Reddot”Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The Chamber Of Pop Culture, London, England
  • Chance Operations, Denver, Colorado
  • Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, Virginia
  • Govinda Gallery, “Itinerant”, Washington, DC
  • New Image Art, photoshow, Los Angeles, California
  • The Blankspot Art Auction and Summer Saturnalia!, New York, New York
  • hlewis gallery, “Itinerant”, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Four Hour Art Sale and Self Serve Auction, San Francisco, California
  • “Itinerant”, Scuolo Roma di fotografica, Rome, Italy
  • Alleged Gallery, final show in NYC, New York, New York
  • Alleged Gallery, Run Collection, New York, New York
  • 2000  Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Gspot, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Ladyfest, Olympia, Washington
  • New Image Art, Poster Show, Los Angeles, California
  • Juice Designs, San Francisco, California
  • Art Book, Book Art, “MOVE 5” Santa Monica, California
  • PS 122, “MOVE 4” New York, New York
  • 1999  The Sendai Museum, Sendai, Japan,
  • George’s, Los Angeles, California
  • Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, Virginia
  • La Casa, Washington, DC
  • Milky World Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington
  • New Image Art “MOVE 3”, Los Angeles, California
  • The Luggage Store, San Francisco, California
  • 1998  George’s, Los Angeles, California
  • Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, Virginia
  • New Image Art ,”MOVE 2” Los Angeles, California
  • DCCD, Washington, DC
  • Four Walls Gallery, (postcard show) San Francisco, California
  • The Comet, Cinncinnati, Ohio
  • SFSU, “Fetish”, San Francisco, California
  • Alleged Gallery, New York, New York
  • 1997  Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England.
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art, WPA/Corcoran Auction, Washington, DC.
  • “Ascent of Western Civilazation: American Independent Music 1976-1991”, Thread Waxing Space, New York, New York
  • Options 1997 at projectspace (WPA/Corcoran), Washington, DC
  • Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, Virginia
  • No Life Records, Los Angeles, California
  • Muddy’s, San Francisco, California
  • Fellini, Portland, OR
  • DC Small at the Central Armature, Washington, DC
  • Vox Populi, Seattle, Washington
  • Show-Off Gallery, Bellingham, Washington
  • Logan Beach, Chicago, Illinois
  • White Columns Gallery, New York, New York
  • First Draught Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • “Culture is our Business”, The Centre of Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
  • Capitol Theater, Olympia, Washington
  • 1995  Fuel Cafe, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Washington Center for Photography, Washington, DC
  • Blackout Books, New York, New York
  • Washington Project for the Arts, Bookworks, Washington, DC,
  • The Fairy Grotto, Sydney, Australia

Awards

Photo Review competition winner, 1999; Winner of the Arlington County’s Juror Award, Summer Salon, 2000.; Artist in Residence, Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, summer, 2002; Alabama State Council on the Arts/National Endowment for the Arts Grant 2003. Arlington County Arts grant, 2003. Curated into Artwalk DC, 2007.

Collections

Smithsonian Museum of American Art (both photographs and all postcards), Corcoran Gallery of Art (Ice Machines from “Beautiful Losers and landscapes (2007), “Letters on Top of Buildings” (2012) , Brevan Howard, Inc., New York; Aaron Rose, collector and curator, Los Angeles; Christian Strike, collector and curator, Cincinnati, Ohio; Nick Hornby, author, London, England; Washington DC Comission on the Arts; Michael Stipe, singer/songwriter, New York, New York; Juan Luis Carrera/Ravenhouse Ltd, Los Angeles, California; Guy Picciotto, musician, Washington, DC; Ian MacKaye, musician, Washington, DC; Gary Hustwit, film maker, New York, New York; Jem Cohen, film maker, New York, New York, Thomas Campbell, artist, California; Brendan Canty, musician and film maker, Washington, DC, Richard Gould and Lena Skanby Washington, DC; Peter Hapstack, architect, Core Design, Washington, DC; Michael Pollack, Bethesda, Maryland, Arlington Cultural Affairs, Arlington, Virginia.

Press

The New York Times (April 26, 1996), Art in America (January, 2005), The Washington Post (Saving Googie Architecture: September 13, 2012, Review of “Letters on Top of Buildings”, May 31, 2012; August 19, 2004, April 21, 2005, March 14, 1994, December 12, 1994) The Washington Post Magazine (May 29, 2005, June 3, 2001, August 11, 1995), The Washington Post Weekend (January 27, 1995, July 11, 1997, October 26, 2001), The Washington City Paper (Featured Biographical review: August 29, 2012; April 29, 2005, October 26, 2001, March 30-April 5 2001), Huffington Post (review on “Beond the Parking Lot” August 31, 2012), The Washington Times Weekend (November 1, 2001) Los Angeles Times Calendar (September 12, 2003) Los Angeles Times (July 8, 2004), Anthem Magazine issue 06, The Baltimore City Paper (June 13, 2001), Crit Magazine-The Journal of the American Institute of Architecture Students (Fall 2003), Architectural Record (June 2004), The Herald-Mail, Hagerstown, Maryland (June 30, 2002), Portland Mercury (February 22, 2001), Arthur Magazine (March 2005) Easyflow, Tokyo, Japan, (September 2000) Strength Magazine (April 2002), Los Angeles, California; Venus Magazine (August, 2000), Someones’ Garden, Tokyo, Japan (2008), Robot Power (mini of Giant Robot, August 2000) , The Rocket, Seattle, Washington (April 21-May 12, 1999), Heckler Magazine (On cover and extensive interview #36, Fall 1999) Vice Magazine, Canada (May 1999), The Stranger, Seattle, Washington (May 6-12, 1999), Bust Magazine, (May 1998), Cincinnati City Beat (March 12-18, 1998), Punk Planet, Chicago, Illinois (March 1998), Baltimore City

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