Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Cynthia Cooley

Cynthia Cooley

Artistic Category artist
Career Level Professional
Experienced With Commissions, Lectures

My paintings explore the urban landscape, emphasizing the geometric forms, rich colors, and textures found in hillside neighborhoods, city skylines, industrial river valleys, and steel mills.  Other works recreate the visual delight I find in world travels.  Using a vibrant palette, strong design, and active surfaces, I try to produce memorable works which refer to reality, but have their own objective life as paintings.

Cynthia F. Cooley grew up in Minneapolis, moving to Pittsburgh in 1964.  She has a B.A. from Lawrence University, with further study at the Minneapolis College of Art, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts  School.  Cooley was the 1989 Artist of the Year in Pittsburgh and named "Master Artist" in 1998.  She received the Distinguished Career Achievement Award from Lawrence Univsreity in 1997.  She has had 50 individual exhibitions in 8 states, with over 1950 works in collections.  90 public collections include Carnegie Museum of Art, Westmoreland Mus. of American Art, Butler Mus. of American Art, Duquesne Club, Heinz History Center, PA State Museum, and University of Pittsburgh.


Verona, Pennsylvania 15147
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  • Drawing
  • Mixed-media
  • Painting


  • Acrylic
  • Figurative
  • Landscape
  • Realist
  • Representational
  • Traditional
  • Watercolor