Cynthia Millis, born and raised in the upper plains states, began a career as a musician. Moving to Houston in the mid-70’s, she taught violin, conducted orchestras, and jobbed as musician. She became a visual artist. At Houston Community College, Cynthia managed the box office and publicity for the Heinen Theatre, earned an MLA in Art History at St. Thomas, and completed numerous studio hours at Texas Tech in Junction. She wrote the text for a CD-ROM called Art in Houston. In July 2016, Cynthia retired from HCC and now does Genealogical research, makes art, and volunteers for Wolf-Pac.
“My interest in mapping, collage, and digital art resulted two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study at the Newberry Library’s Center for Cartography in Chicago. They were amazing experiences.”
Cynthia works in mixed media, using handmade and commercial papers, lithographs, monoprints, photos, sewing, metal, digital images, and found objects. Works are quilt-sized to tiny. The forms relate to traditional crafts, but the images that result are non-traditional. In 2009, Cynthia learned the lithographic process with artist-in- residence Charles Criner at the Printing Museum Houston and continues to develop a body of lithographic images from her hand-pulled sources.
Also in 2009, she researched sustainable, safe studio practices to incorporate recycling and repurposing of art media and tools, resulting in 1300 sheets of handmade paper. She’s taught workshops in wet collage for the Printing Museum and has presented talks about the healing power of art.
Cynthia Millis was accepted into this year’s Paper and Book Intensive at Oxbow in Michigan, where she will explore printmaking, papermaking, and pulp painting.