Cynthia Parson’s: Biography
Southern artist Cynthia Parsons is a multi-faceted, creative talent. In addition to dramatic formal oil & pastel portraiture, her work includes abstracts with mirrored gloss, and the exploration of flamboyant floral and landscape themes. Her list of accomplishments is extensive and her work has been exhibited in solo shows, juried museum exhibitions, and is represented in selected galleries of note. Her courtroom sketches have appeared on both CBS and ABC affiliated stations. Her work includes:
- Pope John Paul II: His portrait is displayed in the St. Joseph Seminary of the Archdiocese of New York and Cynthia received a letter of thanks from the Vatican for her work.
- His Eminence John Cardinal O’Connor, the first Archbishop of New York: His portrait was presented to him the morning of the Solomn Pontifical Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral celebrating his 80th birthday and is displayed in the St. Joseph Seminary of the Archdiocese of New York.
- Senator Howell Heflin: His portrait at Redstone Arsenal
- First Lady Hilary Clinton and daughter Chelsea
- Coach Gene Stallings and son John Mark
- General Howell H. Howze: His portrait hang in the U.S. Army Program Executive Office on Redstone Arsenal
- General William Bunker: His portrait hang in the U.S. Army Program Executive Office on Redstone Arsenal
- Grandmaster Yong Ju Lee
Posters and Book Publications:
Cynthia was selected to design the official poster for the 1996 Olympic Soccer Games and published a collection of action soccer paintings entitled Impressions – Men’s Summer Soccer ’96.
Cynthia was chosen By Books-A-Million to design the Iron Bowl poster Pride Runs Deep with University of Alabama Coach Gene Stallings .
The Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel selected Cynthia was to design the Stars Fall on Alabama poster.
Cynthia’s Smocked Christmas stocking appears in Christmas with Southern Living 1982.
Following 911, Cynthia was commissioned to paint Spirit of America . Her coloring book Fire Fighters, American Heroes – Fire Safety & Prevention was presented by Teledyne Engineering to selected elementary students in Huntsville.
Awards, Honors and Distinctions:
Cynthia was awarded The Legion of Honor Humanitarian Award by the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation. The award is “given in recognition of a lifetime commitment to selfless service and societal advancement that has demonstrably affected the quality of life in the community, state or nation, service without regard to faith or race. The selection process for this award is rigorous.”
She was selected by the NASA Emeritus program as one of the 101 Rocket Center Inventors for her patented Smock Gathering Machine Mount. The exhibit was a companion to the USSRC 101 Inventions That Changed the World exhibition and was on display throughout 2015.
She was appointed by the state governor to design and create a Christmas ornament for the Official United States White House Christmas Tree and attend the White House Christmas Reception honoring artists selected artists in 2001.
She was confirmed as a Special Consultant to the International Association of Educators For World Peace of the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization in February 2003 in recognition of her work to better her community. She worked along side other key participants to build the platform from which Panoply was born.
She has been included in Who’s Who in American Art since 2010.
In 1977 she was included in Outstanding Young Women of America.
She was awarded Signature Status in the Watercolor Society of Alabama in Oct 2014 and her paintings were accepted into Watercolor Society of Alabama National Exhibits in 2013, 2014 & 2015 and in October 2014.
She received an Honorable Mention for her work at the Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Exhibit.
Her paintings have been selected in numerous years for the Energen’s Annual Wonders of Alabama Art Competition. Her oil painting Streets of Paris won the People’s Choice Award of $2500.
She received the 2000 Arts Alive Award for Excellence and Support of Alabama Arts by the Children’s Hands-On Museum; Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Her work was selected for the 35th & 36th Annual Mini-Works on Paper at Jackson State University.
Her watercolor students are also receiving national recognition for their art.
Cynthia is a kind and generous person who gives much to others. Organizations that have benefited from her efforts include:
American Cancer Association/Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation/Designers Against Breast Cancer/American Heart Association/Arthritis Association/United Cerebral Palsy Association/Red Cross/AIDS Action Coalition/Callahan Eye Foundation/Easter Seals/Firefighters’ Association/Huntsville Hospital Foundation/Huntsville Botanical Garden/Huntsville Historic Foundation/Twickenham Historic Preservation District Association/Huntsville Space Camp /U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Cynthia holds membership in:
National League of American Pen Woman/National Society Magna Charta Dames & Barons/Watercolor Society Alabama/Delta Delta Delta/Junior League of Huntsville/Symphony Guild, Huntsville/Huntsville Art League/and Women’s Guild Huntsville Museum of Art.
Teacher & Lecturer:
Cynthia is available for private lessons, workshops, special presentations, and lectures. She teaches & has taught art classes in her studio, at the Madison County Botanical Gardens/ Burritt Museum on the Mountain in Huntsville/ Birmingham Museum of Art/ The Birmingham Botanical Garden/ Monaco Pictures/ Alabama Art Supply in Birmingham/ Hobby Lobby in Jones Valley in Huntsville/ The Art Academy and more.