CYNTHIA CARLSON grew up in Chicago and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and went on to receive an Master of Fine Arts from Pratt. Carlson now lives and works in New York, and teaches at Queens College. She has been selected to create public projects for New York City, Philadelphia, and the Baltimore/Washington Airport. Carlson has consistently exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the country over the last thirty years. She has been awarded a number of NEA grants and independent fellowships.