Cynthia Atwood

Great Barrington, MA

I have spent the last twenty-two years in the Berkshires of Massachusetts as an artist participating in local and regional exhibitions. I practice my avocation congruent with a sewing business. The use of sewing techniques in my business and in my studio practice has brought an integration of the real and the surreal into my everyday life.

I graduated with my B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Kansas in 1975. In 1997 I was awarded a N.E.F.A. Sculpture Fellowship. I graduated with my M.F.A. in Visual Arts/Sculpture from Vermont College of Norwich University in 1999. The process of returning to school in mid-life was challenging and rewarding. In 2000, I was awarded the Sculpture Prize in the Cambridge Art Association’s National Prize Show.

Since graduating I have had opportunities to teach. I have been involved with “The Body Project”, a project for women of all ages addressing body image and adornment. This class was sponsored by The Railroad St. Youth Project of Gt. Barrington, Ma. and IS 183 School for the Arts in Interlaken, Ma. I have been an artist/teacher for students enrolled in the Vermont College Graduate Program in Visual Arts, Montpelier, Vt. In 2004 I had my first opportunity to work with Community Access For The Arts in Gt. Barrington, Ma., an organization that promotes working with developmentally disabled adults through the arts.

I consider teaching to be a privilege and a direct link to my own continuing development as an artist. 

In the spring of 2005 I had the opportunity to travel to Brittany, France for a Klot’s Residency, a month long artist’s residency. This experience confirmed my continued involvement with “the fantastic”, a surrealist way of looking at the world, which is one of the roots of my studio practice.



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