Cynthia Atwood

In my studio I am motivated by attraction to materials and the pleasure I take in handling them. I make objects that confront my body and the body of my viewer with sensuous humor and some provocation. I am interested in the unrecognizable, the repressed. What is beyond our immediate reality? What is the mystery of our associative, psychological state in regards to our perception of what is underneath our skin? Often there are details of clothing in my work, zippers, piping, buttonholes, referring to the fashion we cover ourselves with, our facade. My work is an exaggerated reference to the body. It reflects the paradox of intelligence opposing bestiality, the body couture. Our facade is an obsession. The materiality, sensuality, and labor invested in my work are expressions of the body. - Cynthia Atwood



1999 MFA Visual Arts/Sculpture, Vermont College of Norwich University, Montpelier, VT
1976 BFA Printmaking and Painting, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2008 Cynthia Atwood, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2005 Cynthia Atwood: Stitch, Morgan Lehman, New York, NY
2001 Cynthia Atwood - Sculpture, Segreto Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
2000 Body Couture, William Blizzard Gallery, Springfield College, Springfield, MA
2000 Accessories, Ute Stebich Gallery, Lenox, MA
1995 Sculpture, Koussevitzky Art Gallery, Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA
1994 Cynthia Atwood, Butler Sculpture Park, Sheffield, MA
1993 Entryways, Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT
1990 Hunter - Gatherer, Atwood Gallery, Worcester, MA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2004 Exposing Scarlet: A Visual Response to The Scarlet Letter, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
2004 Obsession, Haddad Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
2003 Dinnerware Biennial Exhibition, Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2003 unfoldingobject: critical selections, Miranda Fine Arts & Henaine Fine Art, Port Chester, NY
2002 Terrors and Wonders: Monsters In Contemporary Art, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
2001 Women, Art, and Ideas: 360, BK. Smith Gallery, Lake Erie College, Painesville, OH
1999 MFA Thesis Exhibition, T. Wood Gallery, Vermont College of Norwich, Montpelier, VT
1998 No England No Amsterdam Ill, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
1998 New England Foundation for the Arts Sculpture Fellowship Recipients, Chapel Gallery, West Newton, MA
1998 Sculpture In The Garden, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA
1997 Artists of the Berkshires, Krasdale Gallery, White Plains, NY
1996 Nature of the Sacred, Nacul Gallery, Amherst, MA
1995 Voice to Voice, with Dean Pulver, RICA Gallery, Housatonic, MA
1994 Sculpture at Naumkeag, The Trustees of The Preservation, Stockbridge, MA
1992 Cynthia Atwood and Lisa Bartle, Welles Gallery, Lenox, MA
1992 New England New Talent, Fitchburg Museum, Fitchburg, MA.,
1991 Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA
1991 Cynthia Atwood & Dawn Southworth, Montserrat Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
1990 Open Juried Show, Art Works Gallery, Hartford, CT, 1990
1987 Religious Icons, Gallery 69A, Worcester, MA
1986 New Art in the West, Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1986 Designed To Wear, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR
1983 California Mystique, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

Awards and Residencies
2005 Klots Residency, Rochefort-en-Terre, Brittany, France
2000 The Cambridge Art: Association, National Prize Show, Sculpture Prize, selected by Carl Belz
1998 G. Roy Levin-Jessica Lutz Merit Prize, Vermont College of Norwich
1997 New England Foundation For The Arts, Sculpture Fellowship
1996 Art OMI, International Artist's Residency, Ghent, NY

Selected Bibliography
Report from the Berkshires: New Art in Western MA Galleries, Art New England, October/November 2005
“Written in Scarlet”, South End News, October 14, 2004, Vol. 25, No. 39
“Red- letter days at the BCA reveal society’s secrets” , The Boston Globe/Visual Arts, October 10, 2004
“Exposing Scarlet: A Visual Response to The Scarlet Letter @ BCA”, Some Other Magazine, September 2004
“Terrors and Wonders: Monsters In Contemporary Art” catalog from the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, 2001
“De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park”, Art New England, December 2001/January 2002
“When Horror Can Be Healthy”, New York Times, Arts and Leisure, Oct. 28, 2001
“Muy Caliente en Sante Fe”, Art Talk, October 2001
“Women Art, and Ideas: 360”, Images of Opression, Technology and Beauty, Northern Ohio Live, March 2001
“Sculpture Show Goofy, Enjoyable”, Springfield Union News, Sept. 10, 2000
“Belz curates strong Cambridge Arts Association Show”, The Boston Globe, May 27, 2000
“Dispatches: Berkshires and Upper Hudson River Valley”, Sculpture Magazine, Jan./Feb. 1999
“Playing Artistic Mind Games: RAW’s new Visual Arts curator makes his vision felt”, Hartford Advocate, Oct. 7, 1998
“New Exhibits Celebrating Artists’ Vitality, Ingenuity”, Springfield Sunday Republican, March 10, 1996
“Alice in Naumkeag”, Berkshire Eagle, July, 1994
“In A Building Mode, New Sculpture by Cynthia Atwood”, Women’s Times, July/Aug, 1994
“Connecticut”, Sculpture Magazine, Oct., 1993
“Atwood’s Found Wood Sculptures: Between Nature and Civilization”, Hartford Courant, April 25, 1993