Bachelor of Fine Arts
1990-1995 Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia
1993-1994 University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA
Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum
Canada Council Art Bank
City of Ottawa Public Arts Collection
Tanks Arts Centre, Australia
AIR Vallauris, France
Explore and Create Program Grant – Canada Council for the Arts / 2018
Helen Copeland Memorial Award – Craft Ontario / 2017
Excellence in Clay – Carnegie Craft / 2017
Creation Grant – City of Ottawa / 2015, 2009, 2006, 2003
ARTicipate Project Grant / 2015
Mid Career Artist Award – Council for the Arts in Ottawa / 2008
MASS MoCA – Massachusetts, USA / 2018
Self-directed experimentation in building form, size and surface of sculptural clay works.
Anton Reijnders Workshop – Burlington Arts Centre, Ontario / 2017
Developing ideas through making with site-specific installation Netherlands artist.
CPAWS-OV Dumoine River Art Camp – Quebec / 2017
En plein air study in clay of the Dumoine River environment for inspiration of future work.
SWARM scientific study of insects for artists – Ayatana Artist Research – Quebec / 2017
Watershed – Maine, USA / 2013
Self directed residency based on narrative, lead by Zach Tate (University of Notre Dame, Indiana).
TANKS AIR – Flecker Botanical Gardens, Cairns, Australia / 2012
Self-directed month sketching tropical plants in clay concluding in garden installations
AIR Vallauris – Vallauris, France / 2011
Working sculpturally in clay inspired by Picasso’s work and his mistreatment of women.
Medalta AIR – Medicine Hat, Alberta / 2001
Coming to Terms – Blink Gallery, Ottawa / 2014
The premise of time and sacrifice made by the living in memory of the dead.
Three hundred raw clay flowers were made and placed within a grave and covered in sod. The public were asked to add their own flowers in memory of those lost.
Field of Fortune – Fieldworks, Perth, Ontario / 2010
Outdoor installation of large clay fortune cookies placed in the field in the Virgo constellation.
Performance of sewing real fortune cookies and their good omens into the field for future good luck.
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. – Blink Gallery, Ottawa / 2007
The public was invited to walk the shortest distance between A and B. As they chose their path, they crushed the raw clay stones under foot, actively creating a new piece from the destruction of the first.
Life Cycle Conversations – Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa / 2018
Collaboration with Barbara Brown & Judith Parker, discussing the fragile beauty between life and death.
Botanical Drift – Earl Selkirk Gallery, ARTiculations, Toronto / 2018
To see plants in that moment of time that is fully understood.
Jaqueline Rogue as Goddess – Gallery Aqui Siam Ben, Vallauris, France / 2011
A sculptural study of Picasso’s relationships and mistreatment of women, with a focus on his last wife.
Unexpected Deviation – Blink Gallery / 20011
Collaboration with Beth Levin.
all the little points. – Blink Gallery / 2010
“EX-LNS:#1” – Blink Gallery / 2009
An installation of a mountain made by squishing 100 lumps of clay within a fisted hand and hung individually from the ceiling using twine. Showing power through small feats of strength.
Loss – City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa / 2008
An installation exploring memory, what is retained of who we are as we age.
Taiwan Ceramics Biennale – Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum / 2020
Gone But Still Here a collaborative work with photographer Barbara Brown addressing death and memory.
Arousing Biophilia – Art Ark Gallery, San Jose, USA / 2018
Awakening of the innate human tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.
Real People – Old Courthouse Arts Center, Ill. USA / 2017
A clay portrait of Ralph, who lives with dementia. An experiment to see the life of a person within their facial features.
10x10x10 Tieton – Tieton Arts&Humanities, WA. USA / 2017
off centre – Blue Line Arts, CA. USA / 2017
Taiwan Ceramics Biennale – Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum / 2016
My Brain a sculptural clay work addressing the disconnecting synapses in the brain that cause Alzheimer’s.
Viewpoint – Artscape, Toronto / 2014
Queen Street West Art Crawl – Toronto / 2014
Father’s Shrine – Chinatown Remixed Arts Festival / 2013
Three sculptural clay shrines, offering prayers to bridge the gap between the living and dead, installed among the produce of a Chinese grocer.
In(Habitus) – Red Head Gallery, Toronto / 2013
Traces as Flowers: Flora as Pathways – Tanks Arts Centre Gallery, Australia / 2012
Installation of raw clay botanical studies made during a month long residency. During the exhibition one clay piece per day was taken and dissolved in water, referencing the gradual loss of the artist’s existence within the garden.
Threaded: Homage to Louise Bourgeois – LaLande & Doyle, Shenkman Arts Centre / 2012
Women’s Works – Old Court House Arts Centre, Ill. USA / 2011
Queen Street West Art Fair – Gladstone Hotel, Toronto / 2010
BarB-Q Ducks – Chinatown Remixed Arts Festival / 2009
Installation of clay ducks hung as produce in a Chinese grocer’s window. Work based on childhood
memories and the consumption of good food and fortunes.
City of Ottawa’s Fine Art Collection – Karsh-Masson Gallery / 2006
Kindred – Cube Gallery, Ottawa / 2006
Work exploring the relationship between father and daughter.
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition – Nathan Phillips Square / 2003
Chinatown Remixed Arts Festival
City of Ottawa Arts Purchase
Ottawa Art Gallery
The New Art Festival
City of Ottawa Public Arts Competition
Council of the Arts Ottawa
NCECA Claytopia – Minneapolis USA – Clay Work in Long Term Care / 2019
Artpreneur Ottawa Conference / 2016
RIA Salon 46 – invited by Petra Halkes / 2013
Pechakucha – Cairns Australia / 2012
Art Bus Tour Guide / 2007
Interdependencies #2 – Goulbourn Recreation Complex / 2008
Clay Installation integrated within the plants of a 12ft living wall and planter. Comprised of over 2,000 individual clay leaves, inscribed with the names of the people living in Goulburn, arranged in the shape of a tree reaching up from a planter.
“Personal Myth Through Earthen Artworks” – Guerilla Magazine – Lital Khaikin / 2013
“66 pieces of art on the wall,”City of Ottawa Purchase – The Ottawa Citizen – Peter Simpson / 2013
“Field of Fortune” – CBC Radio / 2010
“Chinatown Remixed Fortune Cookies” – CBC Radio – All In a Day / 2010
“Cynthia O’Brien @ Shenkman Arts Centre” – Akimblog – Deborah Margo / 2009
“Art in the street” – The Ottawa Citizen – Bruce Deachman / 2009
“Chinatown Remixed BB-Q Ducks” – CBC Radio / 2009
“Home+Her=Heaven” – Fusion Magazine – Penelope Kokkinos / 2008