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EDUCATION

1992-1994 GRADUATE SCHOOL OF FIGURATIVE ART , New York Academy of Art , New York, NY MFA in Painting with honors

1988-1992 RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN, Providence, RI BFA in Illustration

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017

Made in California, Brea City Gallery, Brea, CA

Honoring the Legacy of David Park, juried exhibition, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Faculty exhibition, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA

2016

Critters and Peeps, invitational exhibit, Q Art Salon, Santa Ana, CA

Made in California, juried exhibit, Brea City Gallery, Brea, CA

Faculty exhibition, Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA

Moments in Time, invitational exhibition, Maude Kern Art Center, Eugene, OR

2015

Continuum: Cynthia Grilli paintings from 2005-2015, Merced College, Merced, CA

Made in California, 30th Annual Exhibition juried exhibition, Brea, CA

Palm Springs Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA

2014

Biennial Faculty Exhibition, Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA

Houston Art Fair, Sylvia White Gallery, Houston, TX

Small Works Exhibition, juried exhibition, National Association of Women in the Arts, New York, NY

Moment by Moment, solo show, Karpeles Museum, Santa Barbara, CA

Art of Our Century, Woodbury Art Musuem, Orem, UT

Male/Man,  juried exhibition, Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

25th Annual Juried Show, John Seed juror, Contemporary Art Center, Las Vegas, NV

Faculty Exhibition, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA

2013

Women in Art, juried exhibition, Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Fusion, international juried encaustic exhibit, Eggman and Walrus Gallery, Santa Fe,  NM

2012

Faculty Exhibition, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA

The Cruzade, Cruz Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

2011

Humanitas, Cynthia Grilli and Gregg Chadwick, Monterey Penninsula College

Control: NYC, traveling exhibition, Ceres Gallery, NYC

2009

Control, juried by Guerilla Girls West, SOMarts, San Francisco, CA

2007

Solo Exhibition, Diane DeBilzan Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Group Exhibition , Diane DeBilzan Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Expressions West, juried competition, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR

2006

Images of Africa, solo exhibition, Diana Ferrone Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Faculty Exhibition, Saddleback College Gallery, Mission Viejo, CA

2005

La Famiglia, solo exhibition, Whitney Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Spring Show, group exhibition, Whitney Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2004

Fall Show, group exhibition, Whitney Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Faculty Show, Saddleback College Art Gallery, Mission Viejo, CA

2003

Juror, National Juried Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA

2002

A Thousand Clowns, invitational exhibition, Robert Berman Gallery, Bergamont Station, CA

Faculty exhibition, Laguna College of Art and Design, 7 Degrees Gallery,Laguna Beach, CA

2001

Faculty exhibition, Laguna College of Art and Design, 7 Degrees Gallery,Laguna Beach, CA

Refusee, invitational exhibition, Hatch Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2000

Beginnings, invitational exhibition, Hatch Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1999 – 2000

Represented by 2nd Dimension Gallery, New Hope, PA

1998 – 1999

Represented by Paul Toner Gallery, New York, NY

Faculty exhibition, Rhode Island School of Design, Woods Gerry Gallery , Providence, RI

Faculty Award Winners, Grant recipients’ exhibition, St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY

1997

Solo exhibition, Gallery on 2nd, New York , NY

Inaugural alumni exhibition, New York Academy of Art , New York, NY

Works on Paper, Gallery on 2nd , New York, NY

1996

100th Annual Exhibition, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club , New York, NY

Group show, Gallery on 2nd, New York, NY

Faculty exhibition, St. John’s University, Queens , NY

1995

Group exhibition, Gallery on 2nd , New York, NY

Mirror, Mirror, South Shore Art Center , Cohasset, MA

Drawings and Stills, Gallery on 2nd , New York, NY

Federal Plaza Invitational, Jacob Javits Center , New York , NY

1994

Faculty exhibition, St. John’s University , Queens, NY

Take Home A Nude, charity auction, New York Academy of Art , New York, NY

Diploma Works, New York Academy of Art , New York , NY

New Old Master Drawings, New York Academy of Art , New York , NY

AWARDS and PUBLICATIONS

Portrait Issue: Poets and Artists: curated by Didi Menendez 2016, 2017

Heighted Perceptions: Poets and Artists magazine, curated by John Seed 2015

Premiere Magazine, Thailand “Cynthia Grilli, Artist at Work” June 2012

LA Times Coastline Pilot, “…For Africa and of Africa”, July 2006

Orange County Register Laguna News Post , “Kenyan Life Portrayed in Grilli Paintings”, April 2006.

Riviera Magazine, “Visual Arts Happenings”, October 2005.

Laguna Beach Independent, “Whitney Exhibits Grilli Work”, October 2005.

The Best of Drawing and Sketching, Rockport Press, Cincinnati, OH, 1999.

American Artist Magazine, “Directional Forces”, June 1998.

1994, 1996 Artist grant, Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

New York Academy of Art catalog 1995

SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Mr. and Mrs. David Shwartz, Greenwich, CT
Mr. and Mrs. Brewster Jennings, Durango, CO
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith, Brooklyn, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Randy Lerner, NY, NY
Kimberly Greene, NY, NY
Kevin Barber andStacey Clinesmith, Santa Ana, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Goldstein, Encinitas, CA
Christopher Hamick, NY, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Staub, Laguna Beach, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Saunders, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Parker, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Klein, Spring Lake, NJ
Mr. and Mrs. Sean Moran, Rumsfeld, NJ
Daniel Delarosa, Brooklyn, NY
Robert Douglass, Aliso Viejo, CA
Derek Stubbs, NY, NY
Richard Rideout, esq., Cheyenne, WY
Lois Dodd, Dana Point, CA
Noemi Safai, San Clemente, CA
Starr Ramsey, Laguna Beach, CA
Joanne Fabiano, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
David Kellman, MD, NY, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Duane Dinkel, Charlottesville, NC
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Petersen, La Jolla, CA
Elizabeth Wallace, Portola Valley, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Apar, Ventura, CA
Joel Kotin, MD, Laguna Beach, CA
Karen Murphy, Laguna Niguel, CA
Stan Hatch, Costa Mesa, CA
Mr. and Mrs. George Douglass, Naples, FL
Mr. and Mrs. Fredric Castan, Dana Point, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Cooper, Coto de Casa, CA
Jeanne Van Dersal, Potomac, MA
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Howe, Solana Beach, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Shaefer, Encinitas, CA
Michelle Donahue, Santa Ana,CA
Susan Offield, Laguna Beach, CA
Peggy O’Neil Smith, Santa Ana, CA
Karen O’Callaghan, Santa Ana, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Howe, Solana Beach, CA
Dana Cooper, Irvine, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kuhn, Carlsbad, CA
Clara Mayer, Sierra Madre, CA
John and Sherri Ikeda, Santa Fe, CA

Corporate Collections and Foundations

Barclay Butera, Inc., Newport Beach, CA
Nixon Peabody Attorneys at Law, Boston, MA
Johnson & Johnson Professional, Inc., Brockton, MA
Dalton + Prives Foundation for Visual Arts, San Diego, CA
The New York Academy of Art, NY, NY