Cynthia Lahti

Statement

My goal is to create works of art that resonate with honesty and reflect the beauty and chaos of the world. My art is influenced by human artifacts from ancient times to the present, as well as by my personal experiences and emotions. Like the varied objects I draw on for inspiration--from 1940s knitting catalogs and outsider art, to Native American cedar carvings and Degas' sculptures of dancers--my artworks force an explanation of reality and compel viewers to connect to a larger human experience. I work in various media, including drawing, collage, and sculpture.

Currently I am focusing on ceramic sculpture based on expressive images of the figure I find in a variety of source materials. There are so many figures out there in the world, wearing so many poses and costumes; I find those that resonate and interpret them in clay. Each sculpture expresses an intense inner psychological state, its surface effecting a fluctuating quality, part beautiful, part grotesque.

I grew up in Portland Oregon and continue to live and work here.

CV

CYNTHIA LAHTI

EDUCATION
1997
Received a scholarship to participate in the class Bas-Relief Sculpture at the Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1994
Selected to participate in the class Creating a Story Through Lost Wax Casting at the Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1992
Oregon School of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

1989
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

1985
Bachelors of Fine Arts, Illustration Department, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I.

RESIDENCIES & PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
2012
Residency, Zentrum für Keramik, Berlin, Germany

2011
Lecture, Adelphi University, Art Department, Garden City, NY

2007
Residency, Caldera Arts Center, Sisters, OR
Senior Residency in Ceramics, Oregon College of Arts & Crafts, Portland, OR

2004
Intersection, selected to observe and create artwork about life within five fire stations located in Portland, OR

2002
Iron Rodeo at Maryhill Museum, Selected to participate in a ten-day iron casting residency program held at the Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015
Battle, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2013
Elsewhere, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2012
Berlin Works - Ausstellung von Cynthia Lahti, Zentrum für Keramik, Berlin, Germany

2011
NURSE, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2009
Smile, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2007
Daughter, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2005
New Found Land, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2004
A Secret History, Hauser Memorial Library, Reed College, Portland, OR

2002
Sculpture and Drawings, The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2000
New Works, The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

1997
New Views, The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR
The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Lake Oswego, OR

1994
Heads, A Site-Specific Installation, Nine Gallery, Portland, OR

1993
Dresses, Nine Gallery, Portland, OR

1990
Blue Gallery, Portland, OR

1989
Northwest Artist Workshop, Portland, OR

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014
Winter Coat, Clatsop Community College, Astoria, OR
We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, (traveling) Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; Sheppard Contemporary, University of Nevada, Reno, NV; Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery, Weber State University, Ogden, UT; Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton, OR

2013
The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Northwest Art Fourth Floor Gallery Annual Installation, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

2012
Portland2012 Biennial, Disjecta, Portland, OR/Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR

2011
The Return of the Native, two-person show, KALA @ HIPFiSHmonthly, Astoria, OR
2011, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2010
Forget Me Not, Reading Frenzy, Portland, OR
Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial 2010, juried exhibition, Bellevue, WA
Texas National, Juried by Judy Pfaff, Nacogdoches, TX
Group Show, PDX Across the Hall, Portland, OR

2009
Portland Comes To Astoria, Astoria, OR

2008
Kinda Like a Buffet, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Works in glass, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
OCAC Studio School Instructor Show, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

2007
Artist in Residence Exhibition, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

2006
Portrait Show, Hall Gallery, Portland OR

2005
Next, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2003
Sculptural Invitational, Campbell Hall Gallery, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR
Iron Rodeo, Spokane Falls Community College Art Gallery, Spokane, WA
Core Sample, An Exhibition of Exhibitions of Portland Art Now, Portland, OR
(Included in the shows Crafty, The Hunt, and Draw)
Bibliocosmos, Douglas Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland, OR
Iron Rodeo, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
Eighteen Women, curated by Prudence Roberts and William Ittman, The Art Center Gallery, Clatsop Community College, Astoria, OR

2002
7th Outdoor Sculpture Invitational, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA
Art About Agriculture Tour, Corvallis, Bend, Klamath Falls, OR

2001
Art Objects: PDX at Portland International Airport, Portland, OR

1998
Way In: An Exhibition of Glass Doors, The Bullseye Connection Gallery, Portland OR
(Commissioned to create cast glass relief panels, which were incorporated into a door)

AWARDS
2015
Bonnie Bronson Fellowship Award, Portland, OR

2014
Hallie Ford Fellow, Ford Family Foundation

2010
Finalist, Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, Portland, OR

2009
Nominee, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Awards in Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking,
Photography, Video, and Craft Media

2008
Career Opportunity Grant for Artists, Oregon Arts Commission

2006
Artist Fellowship, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR

1997
Art Slate ’97, Condon, OR

1993
Willamette Valley Exhibition, Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis OR

INSTALLATIONS
2004
A Secret History, Reed College Library Cases, Portland, OR

1998
Portland Building Installation Space, Portland, OR, Diorama, (a site-specific installation
containing drawn and sculpted elements)

1994
Heads, Nine Gallery, Portland, OR

1993
Dresses, Nine Gallery, Portland, OR

COMMISSIONS
2008
SNOW: an interactive, site-specific installation, Portland, OR

2004
Interstate Max Public Art, TriMet, Portland OR; drawing reproduced in enamel on steel

2003
Intersection, residency to create artwork about life in five fire stations in Portland, OR

2002
The Drawing Center, New York, NY; drawings accepted into Registry

1998
Way In: An Exhibition of Glass Doors, The Bullseye Connection, Portland, OR

1995
Visual Chronicle of Portland, Drawing commissioned for inclusion into the Visual Chronicle of
Portland art collection.

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2014
Baer, April, “Nov. 8, 2014: New Decemberists, Art Post-Cancer, Remembering Ben Buckley, Art From Short Stories”, State or Wonder, Oregon Public Radio, http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/stateofwonder/segment/state-of-wonder-... , November 8, 2014

2012
Vaeth, Sarah, “Portland2012 at Disjecta Portland,” ARTWRIT, March 2012
Lechner, Jenna, “Welcome to Portland, 2012,” Daily Serving, March 20, 2012

2011
Lechner, Jenna, “Commanding Compassion: The Intimate Sculptures of Cynthia Lahti,” The
Portland Mercury, Sept. 15, 2011.
Hicks, Bob, “On First Thursday, summer’s artistic swan song,” The Oregonian, Sept. 1, 2011.
“First Thursday Picks September 2011,” PORT, Sept. 1, 2011.
“Cynthia Lahti,” Plazm, no. 30, 2011.
Hesa Inprint, issue #7, August 2011.
“Cynthia Lahti,” Ceramics Now Magazine, March 2011.
Kangas, Matthew, “Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown,” Ceramics Monthly, April 2011.

2009
“First Thursday Picks,” PORT, April 2009.

2008
Shapton, Leanne, “Style Dispatch, Portland, OR,” Elle, December, 2008, p. 96.

2007
Raymond, Jon, “Cynthia Lahti: PDX Contemporary,” Artforum, September 2007.
Norris, T.J., “Mayday, Mayday, TJNORRIS.NET, May 5th, 2007.
“First Thursday Picks: May 2007,” PORT, May 2007.

2006
Raymond, Jon, “Schims: Less Gloom in Doom Town,” Modern Painters, November 2006.
Roberts, Prudence, “Cynthia Lahti at PDX Contemporary Art,” Artweek 2006.

2005
Motley, John, “Cynthia Lahti,” The Portland Mercury, December 22, 2005.
Peterson, Isaac, “New Found Land - Cynthia Lahti at PDX,” PORT, December 21, 2005.
Kendellen, Peggy, “ Artits + Firefighters + Memorable Experiences,” Art Notes, The Regional Arts & Culture Council, Vol. 10 No. 6, May/June 2005, p.1.

2004
Gragg, Randy, and Matthew Stadler, editors, Core Sample: Portland Art Now, Clear Cut Press, Astoria, OR.
Raymond, Camela, “Art Diary,” The Organ Review of Arts, Portland OR, Jan/Feb 2004, p.4.

2003
The Organ Review of Arts, Portland OR., Feb/March 2003, p.6 (drawing).

2002
Hall, Stan, “Ten Day Planner,” The Oregonian, May 31, 2002, p. 31, A&E.

2000
Row, D.K., “Critics Picks,” The Oregonian, February 3, 2000.

1997
Gragg, Randy, “Images in Plaster,” The Oregonian, August 1, 1997.
Row, D.K. “The Gothic Images, “ Willamette Week, July 16, 1997.
Caldwell, Frances, “Portland Women Make it in the Gallery Scene,” The Woman’s Journal, p. 10, July 1997.
Cynthia Lahti, Small Plaster Relief Sculptures, exhib. cat. The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, OR, February 1997.

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR
Reed College, Portland, OR
Boise Art Museum, Boise,ID
lumber room, Portland, OR
King County Public Art Collection, Harborview Medical Center Collection, Seattle, WA
Oregon Health Sciences, Portland, OR
Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus, Portland, OR