Cynthia Kerby is a visual artist, designer, and former design professor at The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. She also taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, working with students from multi-disciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs in the Visual Communication Department. She has a BFA in Graphic Communication from The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, and a MFA in Studio Arts/Visual Communication from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Cynthia is a design partner at True Ideas, a graphic design studio in Evanston, Illinois. Her work has appeared in leading design annuals, such as Print Magazine, Graphic Design Magazine, Art Direction Magazine, and the Art Directors Club of New York Annual. She has curated exhibitions at The Westchester Children’s Museum in New York and at Space 900 in Evanston. Cynthia’s visual art has been included in ArtPrize 10, and shown at the Evanston Art Center, at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, and in the Valade Family Gallery at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, Detroit, to name a few. She is a 2017 recipient of a Ragdale Artist Residency in Lake Forest, IL. Cynthia’s conceptual Coronavirus mask was recently included in the Port Townsend Wearable Art Exhibition. She has attended letterpress workshops at Tipoteca Museo near Venice, Italy, at The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum of Two Rivers, in Wisconsin, at Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago, and at the Evanston Print and Paper Shop. Her focus as a visual artist is to create work that facilitates change in human behavior concerning the environment and the role she plays in promoting public awareness and action. She shows familiar objects in unfamiliar ways by making observations of life’s frailties and uncertainties through a lens of personal awareness and curiosity.
Cynthia's ArtPrize Entries
These are Cynthia's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.