MARCH 7-28, 2020 PAINTING AT NIGHT, Fort Houston Gallery

Top: Sculpture by Katherine Duclos. Bottom: Wall pieces by Lauren Rice and Emily Zarse.
Photography by Kaylan Buteyn

Virtual Exhibition Tour: Painting at Night

JANUARY 30, 2020 'ARTISTS WORK OUT THE DAILY GRIND' by Brian Slattery / New Haven Independent

A thoughtful review from Brian Slattery of 'The Daily' at Ely Center of Contemporary Art in New Haven. Curated by Sharon Bulter of Two Coates of Paint:



DECEMBER 14-FEBRUARY 1: Stalls at the Morean Center for Clay

The Center Gallery, curated by Artist-in-Residence Danny Dobrow, is a contemporary installation of local boundary testing artists. Each of the five invited artists were challenged to transform a narrow white stall. Celebrated local art community favorites:
Cynthia Mason
Sebastian Coolidge
Casey McDonough,
Ashley Lester
Danny Dobrow

were challenged to transform spaces divided by petition walls. The diversity of execution reflects their distinct visions and audiences are invited to explore the commonalities of response to the constraints of a stall.

Morean Center of Clay


NOVEMBER 18-30, 2019: American Wilderness at Art Lab Tokyo

American Wilderness
Art Lab Tokyo and Art Lab Akiba

Nov 21-30, 2019
Opening Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-8 pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday and Monday-Tuesday, 3-8 pm
photo credit: Chiakara Photography

The concept of “wilderness,” untamed land lacking conspicuous traces of human activity, has existed as an essential fantasy in the American psyche. True wilderness may be physically disappearing every day but that does not stop us from recrafting wilderness from scratch so that we may explore and escape. As part of an artist exchange, five American artists from the Wayfarers collective in Brooklyn, New York create an exhibition of new works at Art Lab Tokyo. These new works, developed in the US, and curated by the artists, explores wilderness graphically and metaphorically.

For the artists wilderness is often experienced on a journey undertaken in cars or on foot, with provisions, with maps and with guides pointing to the unknown. Expectations of grandeur and of a primal privacy are triggered. The government may have preserved these wild areas in advance for us. New encounters with plants and animals are anticipated. These are experienced with loved ones and become new memories and future secrets.

When we think we have finally arrived in wilderness we often trip over the leavings of another explorer. A shock (or disappointment) that we are not alone and are perhaps being watched. Or did the previous explorer perish? Unexpectedly, someone else’s garbage can comfort, a handhold against an abyss as we peer over the cliffs, trudge in the woods, or listen to the stars.

Press Release

Recipient of a 2019 Professional Artist Grant from Creative Pinellas


So honored and grateful to have received a 2019 Professional Artist Grant from Creative Pinellas!

The Creative Pinellas Professional Artist Grant is designed to support and sustain Pinellas County’s creative community and to enhance the County as an arts and culture brand.  The program provides an unrestricted financial award to Pinellas County artists of outstanding talent and ability who, with a history of increasingly successful work on the local, national, or international stage, bring recognition, awareness and interest to our community, inspire other artists and art lovers, and help make Pinellas County a vibrant arts and cultural community.

New in 2019, the Grants of $5,000 each are open to performing artists as well as to artists doing original work in the disciplines of:

  • Choreography (composition/performance)
  • Literature
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Media Arts
  • Music (composition/performance)
  • Theater/Musical Theater (composition/performance)
  • Visual Arts


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FEBRUARY 16 - MARCH 9, 2019: Group Exhibition 'America's Majestic Street Cats' at Quaid Gallery

America's Majestic Street Cats
February 16 - March 9, 2019
Opening Reception February 16, 7 - 10 p.m.

QUAID Gallery is pleased to present America’s Majestic Street Cat, a group exhibition featuring works in a wide variety of media selected by current members of QUAID. Exhibiting artists include: Cynthia Mason, Paul Shortt, Muyuan He, Jonathan Talit, Will Douglas, Courtney Hartle, Carlos Pons, Daniel Dobrow, Adam Mathieu, Jason Pinckard, Katelyn Montagna, Andres Ramirez, Bonnie Mae Carrow, Tim McMillan, Chase Palmer, Rhonda Donovan, Ben Galaday, Emily Bayless, and Kate Kinder.

The exhibit will be open to the public at QUAID Gallery, 5142 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, from February 16 through March 9.The exhibition will open with a reception at QUAID Gallery on Saturday, February 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. and will run through March 9. The opening reception is free and open to the public.




SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 21, 2018: Member Show at Wayfarers in Brooklyn, NY

SEPT 28 - OCT 21
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, September 29th, 11am
1109 DEKALB AVE. Brooklyn, NY 11221

Join us Sat, Sept 29th, 11am - 1pm
for coffee, donuts and mimosas
Curator's Talk at noon

Curated by Tom McGlynn. Featuring works by David “Scout” Mcqueen, Maureen O’Leary, Meredith Starr, Cynthia Mason, Jeong Lee, Tahnee Ann Macabali Pantig, Kate Kosek, Cynthia Reynolds, Elise Wunderlich, Taehee Whang, Brian Davis and Ivan Rivera.

SEPTEMBER 21–OCTOBER 19, 2018: At Hand, An Exhibition Celebrating The Poetry of The Hand-Made, at UT Scarfone/Hartley Gallery

On Sept. 21, The University of Tampa’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery will open a new exhibition, At Hand, exploring the intersection of color, materiality and the blurred lines between image and object. The exhibition runs from Sept. 21–Oct. 19, with an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 21, from 7–9 p.m.

Curated by Ry McCullough, Assistant Professor of Art and Design, At Hand brings together works by three nationally recognized contemporary artists — Damien Hoar De Galvan, Cynthia Mason and Ryan Sarah Murphy — developing a conversation between artists to explore this nexus in contemporary art. Each artist brings a unique aesthetic vocabulary that elevates humble materials by celebrating the poetry of the hand-made through their exceptional sculptural works.

Hoar De Galvan, from Boston, recently showcased at the VOLTA NY 2018, a division of the Armory Arts Week in New York City. Mason, a local artist from St. Petersburg, FL, was recently seen in the renowned Skyway exhibition at area museums. Murphy, from Brooklyn, NY, participated in the Art on Paper Fair 2018, another part of the Armory Arts Week program.

The gallery is located on campus in the R.K. Bailey Art Studios at 310 North Blvd. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Tuesday–Friday, and 1–4 p.m. Saturday. There is no charge for admission.

For more information, contact Jocelyn Boigenzahn, gallery director, at or (813) 253-6217.

SEPTEMBER 14-OCTOBER 21, 2018 Florida Biennial at the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, FL

2018 Florida Biennial, September 14 - October 21, 2018

The 2018 Florida Biennial features 68 works by 30 artists who were selected by juror Sarah Fritchey from entries submitted to the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood. The exhibition opened on Friday, Sept. 14 with the announcement of awards for the Juror’s Pick, Edison Peñafiel, and Honorable Mention, Lisa Rockford.

This ninth edition of the Center’s Juried Biennial received applications from 291 artists living in 85 cities throughout Florida. In all, juror Sarah Fritchey reviewed 2,050 works from artists working in any media. The 2018 Florida Biennial focuses on exploring multicultural identities, discussing ecological issues, and imagining a robust cultural climate for Florida within the global economy.

SPRING, 2018: Ghost Member at Wayfarers Gallery in Brooklyn, NY

I am thrilled to announce my ghost membership with Wayfarers Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

Wayfarers is an artist-run studio program, art space, and psychic home base for creative action in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2011 we've been supporting the development of experimental work through innovative exhibitions, lectures, screenings, performances, and other cultural programming, all of which are free and open to the public. Wayfarers provides affordable studios, work space and equipment access, as well as exhibition opportunities, critical discussions and social events for members, all of whom who are directly involved with operations.

JULY 28-AUGUST 19, 2018: Color at BWAC, Brooklyn, NY

Juror: Marcela Guerrero, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

“In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is—as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art. In order to use color effectively it is necessary to recognize that color deceives continually. Color is “passive,” “deceptive,” and “unstable,” color behaves, color  is magic.”   – Joseph Albers, Interaction of Color

BWAC Show Curators: Katrina D. Jeffries and Alicia Degener
Gallery Exhibition Dates: July 28 – August 19, 2018 weekends 1-6PM
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 1-6PM

MAY 12-JUNE 17, 2018: Wide Open 9, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Art Coalition, Spring Pier Art Shows, Brooklyn, NY

Juror: Carmen Hermo, the Brooklyn Museum’s Assistant Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.  

I am thrilled to have Soft Wedge selected for the Wide Open 9 Show at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. Please say hi at the opening on Saturday May 12.

WIDE OPEN 9, our ninth spectacular juried show on this theme will be on exhibit May 12 – June 17, 2018.

MARCH 2018: Headed to Jentel Artist Residency this Spring

So excited to return to Jentel Artist Residency in Banner Wyoming this Spring!

JUNE 2-25, 2017: Solo Exhibition at 621 Gallery

Excited for my solo show at 621 Gallery in Tallahassee! Opens June 2:

Fragile State

An Exhibition by Cynthia Mason

June 2 – 25, 2017

Opening Reception Friday June 2, 6-9 pm

JUNE-JULY 2017: SKYWAY A Contemporary Collaboration

I am excited to have work in the SKYWAY show at Tampa Museum of Art this summer! See below for more details:

SKYWAY: A Contemporary Collaboration
, opening June 2017

This exhibition is not only a celebration of artistic practice in the Tampa Bay area, but also an exercise in collaboration as it is shared between three institutions: the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; and the Tampa Museum of Art. Working together, curators from these institutions will provide context for the diversity of art being made in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties. Works in the exhibition will be selected from an open call by museum curators and a visiting juror.

For more information:


MARCH 10-11, 2017: Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Creators & Collectors Tour

I am excited to be a part of the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Creators & Collectors Tour in the GalleriaGalleria. Below are the details:
- March 10 - March 11
- 10am - 4pm at Ringling College of Art and Design
- Purchase your tickets at

A write up all of the participating artists:

Draped Structure, linen, porcelain, air dry clay, ink, 14k gold wire, wood, styrofoam and wire

JANUARY 13-FEBRUARY 17, 2017: Introductions 2017, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn NY

Draped Structure, linen, porcelain, air dry clay, ink, 14k gold wire, wood, styrofoam and wire
I am thrilled to announce my work 'Draped Structure' will be in the group show Introductions 2017 curated by Julie Torres at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn NY.

JULY 2-AUGUST 13, 2016: Solo exhibition at alt_space Gallery, Atlantic Center for the Arts

I am excited to announce my solo exhibition Implosion / Explosion at alt_space, Atlantic Center for the Arts. Please join me at the opening reception on Saturday, July 2, 2016 from 4 - 7 pm.

Opening Reception Date: Saturday July 2, 2016, 4 - 7 PM
Exhibition Dates: July 2 – August 13, 2016       

JULY 16-SEPTEMBER 25, 2016: All Florida Invitational at Boca Raton Museum of Art

July 16-September 25, 2016

All Florida Invitational at Boca Raton Museum of Art

The Boca Raton Museum of Art’s annual All Florida exhibition, which has been presented at the Museum since 1951, has long been a hallmark for artists in the Sunshine State. Artists creating in all media eagerly await the opening of the show’s submission period year after year, now they can look forward to an invitation. As an institution founded by artists, a more appropriate way to honor and present the artists in the state is to adapt the format to introduce an artist-centered curatorial selection committee. Participants in this year's All Florida Invitational were selected by a panel of five internationally-recognized, Florida-based artists. Each of these distinguished artists then selected five early-career artists also working in our state. The All Florida Invitational brings the work of the artist-selection committee alongside the work of the artists they believe show great promise.

The All Florida Invitational 2016 presents works by:

Elisabeth Condon, Tampa and Brooklyn
Michael Covello, Tampa
Cindy Mason, St. Petersburg
Shawn Pettersen, Sarasota
Claudia Ryan, Bradenton
Carmen Tiffany, Miami

Edouard Duval-Carrié, Miami
Emilio Martinez, Miami
Kerry Phillips, Miami
Vickie Pierre, Miami
Onajide Shabaka, Miami
Nina Surel, Miami

Christopher Harris, Orlando
Anthea Behm, Gainesville
Jay Flynn, Pensacola
Jon Perez, Orlando
Christina Poindexter, St. Petersburg
Jamilah Sabur, Miami

Carol Prusa, Boca Raton
Carola Bravo, Miami
Amy Gross, Delray Beach
Carlene Muñoz, Miami
Jill Lavetsky, Lake Worth
Bonnie Seeman, Ceramics

Sergio Vega, Gainesville
Kate Helms, Tampa
Sean Miller, Gainesville
Michelle Kelly Rogers, Florida
Marla Rosen and Eddie Negron, Miami
Jack Stenner, Gainesville


JULY 2-AUGUST 28, 2016: Inspired Lines, Appleton Museum of Art

drawing, horizon
July 2-August 28, 2016
Inspired Lines: Drawing Biennial 2016
The Appleton Museum of Art is devoting its 2016 Biennial exhibition to the art of drawing and will exhibit colored pencil, graphite and other drawings with an emphasis on works at least 18 x 24 in. and larger. The juror for this exhibition is Alison Ferris, Senior Curator at the Des Moines Art Center.

solo exhibition, space markers

JANUARY 5-FEBRUARY 13, 2016: Solo Exhibition, Space Markers at Englewood Art Center

January 5-February 13, 2016
Solo Exhibition 'Space Markers' at Englewood Art Center in Sarasota, Florida

MAY 9-JUNE 28, 2015: All Florida Juried Exhibition, Morean Arts Center

May 9 - June 28, 2015
All Florida Juried Exhibition, Morean Arts Center In St Petersburg, Florida

The Morean invited artists from the Sunshine State to vie for nearly $2,500 in prizes. Wallace Wilson, Director of the School of Art and Art History at USF selected 59 pieces from over 350 entries. Visitors will discover new talent as well as see recent work from familiar artists in this exhibition.

JUNE 13-JULY 5, 2015: Prepare Now, The Front in New Orleans

June 13-July 5, 2015
Group exhibition 'Prepare Now' at The Front in New Orleans, Louisiana

EyeSplice Collective
Prepare NOW
In this group exhibition, EyeSplice Collective members creatively examine the weather. Whether it is the personal experience of observing a clearing storm, the tenuous reality of living in a drought state, or charting the wind patterns of a small town in West Virginia, each member of the Collective explores her relationship to the sky. In an age of alarmist, shouting headlines on the Weather Channel alongside the actualities of climate change, this exhibition seeks to balance the chaos of public knowledge with the intimacy of personal experience.

EyeSplice Collective was formed in 2012 by Megan Hildebrandt as a group of high­quality, all­female international artists. Coming out of a mostly­male MFA program, Hildebrandt was starved for female talent, rigor, and community. Since the inception of EyeSplice, the collective has exhibited, lectured, and show films in a variety of venues: The Cultural Center of Spain in Panama, The Mom Gallery in Austin, The Radiator Gallery in Queens, HEREarts Center in Manhattan, and the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL.

Maria Raquel Cochez
Megan Hildebrandt
Sara Holwerda
Lauren Alyssa Howard
Sarah Kelly
Magnolia Laurie
Cynthia Mason
Ellen Mueller
Megan Piontkowski
Christine Sajecki

SEPTEMBER 13-OCTOBER 26, 2014: Spatial Disruption, Morean Arts Center

September 13-October 26, 2014

Group Show 'Spatial Disruption' at the Morean Arts Center in St Petersburg, Florida

AUGUST 25-OCTOBER 5, 2014: The 29th Tallahassee International, FSU Museum of Fine Arts

August 25-October 5, 2014

The 29th Tallahassee International, FSU Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee, Florida

painting, ied

painted constructions, the grind shines bright in your eyes

JULY 19-AUGUST 17, 2014: Expanding Mode, Concepto Hudson

painted constructions, the grind shines bright in your eyes

July 19 - August 17, 2014
Expanding Mode, Concepto Hudson in Hudson, New York

MAY 2-JUNE 6, 2014: Practical Feminism, Radiator Gallery, NY

painting, boob

May 2 - June 6, 2014
Practical Feminism, Radiator Gallery in Queens, New York

Open Fridays and Sundays 1-6 pm or by appointment

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 2nd, 6-9 PM

Artists: Maria Raquel Cochez, Michelle Hagewood, Megan Hildebrandt, Sara Holwerda, Lauren Howard, Sarah Kelly, Magnolia Laurie, Cynthia Mason, Ellen Mueller, Briana Phelps, Megan Piontkowski, Christine Sajecki

Curated by Eyesplice Collective Organized by Megan Piontkowski


Many of us have had feminist theory classes in which we read and discussed fascinating ideas, but often found them inapplicable to everyday life. While theory is important and certainly has its place, I am most interested in the practical side of feminism. What do we say to street harassers? How do we respond to a family member or close friend who says something offhandedly sexist? How do we deal with the insidious undercurrent of sexism that pervades our lives? And maybe most difficult of all, how do we handle internalized sexism? Creating a new world order is not without its difficulties.

After thinking long and hard about these subjects, I have come to the conclusion that confrontation is the short answer. Being mindful of your personal safety, tell others that you do not agree with them, and explain why if possible. This is easier said than done, but it’s a good strategy to aspire to. I most often find the discomfort of confrontation to be preferable to the feeling of powerlessness. I would also add that pervasive insidious sexism discourages women from being confrontational, which is just another facet of the problem. We all need to look into ourselves and confront the sexism within. It’s more productive to ask ourselves “am I being sexist?” than to say, “I am not sexist” and leave our inner workings unquestioned and thus unchanged.

Eyesplice Collective is a group of artists working in similar veins in a variety of media. The artists are spread out across Baltimore, Brooklyn, Chicago, West Virginia, Austin and Panama. The collective was founded in 2012 by Megan Hildebrandt who chose artists whose work she felt drawn to and with whom she had built friendships in educational institutions and artists residencies. All the artists in the group happen to be women… Or do they just “happen” to be women? When forming the group, Hildebrandt had just graduated from an MFA program made up almost entirely of men. Maybe she craved the camaraderie that women provide for each other, or perhaps she was just drawn to the work of female artists.

Practical Feminism is a collection of the work of these 12 female artists who show the ways individuals deal with feminism on a practical level. For example, Sara Holwerda inverts the idea of a lap dance in a video in which a chair, an object, stands in for a man. Megan Hildebrandt’s delicate cut paper work meditates on her child as both a part of herself as well as a separate individual. Maria Raquel Cochez’s photographs offer the viewer a difficult set of questions when confronted with her photographic diptych of self-portraits, which show her body with breast implants as well as after they were removed. Magnolia Laurie’s work explores metaphors of survival and persistence in the face of perpetual hurdles and backtracking, something every feminist can relate to. And finally, my own work uses semaphore flags to spell out things I wish I had said to men in response to street harassment.

But wait, you may ask, what does this work do to fix the problem of sexism? How does this art exhibition help the world? I would respond that it is definitely helping the artists who make it, and hopefully some of our viewers as well, and I think that in it self is important.

Drawing, ballpoint pen, graphite, silkscreen, paper

FEBRUARY 3-APRIL 30, 2014: Alumni Drawing Show, Patricia Thompson Gallery

February 3 - April 30, 2014
Alumni Drawing Show, Patricia Thompson Gallery in Sarasota, Florida

Drawing, ballpoint pen, graphite, silkscreen, paper

painting, ied

MARCH 7, 2014: First Place award at the Juried Art show 2014, Studio 620

March 7, 2014
Juried Art show 2014, Studio 620 in St Petersburg, Florida, Award Winner

painting, ied

FEBRUARY, 2014: Starry Night Retreat, NM

February, 2014
One month residency at Starry Night Retreat In Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico

DECEMBER 3-8, 2013: Miami's Independent Thinkers@Scope

December 3-8, 2013

Miami's Independent Thinkers@Scope

plein air painting, its a bit rainy today

NOVEMBER 15-DECEMBER 28, 2013: Plein Air Exhibit, Mount Dora Center for the Arts

November 15-December 28, 2013
Plein Air Exhibit, Mount Dora Center for the Arts in Mount Dora, Florida

plein air painting, its a bit rainy todayplein air painting, sacred space

SEPTEMBER 26-NOVEMBER 15, 2013: Material Witness, Agnes Scott College, Dalton Gallery

September 26-November 15, 2013
Material Witness, Agnes Scott College, Dalton Gallery in Decatur, Georgia