CYNTHIA REEVES SNOW

 

 

October 2, 1906, Ashe County, North Carolina   -   May 21, 2001, Del Mar, California

 

Artist’s Statement:  “My work grows out of my experience in nature and in life.”

 

 

From a review written in the mid-1940s by Robert Delson for the Tallahassee, Florida, newspaper:

 

“Cynthia Reeves’ paintings in oil and watercolor carry us to another realm of the arts, which is worthy of serious consideration.  In these works we see a symphonic use of color and form which is very similar to the qualities found in fine music.  In this form of expression the artist is not engaged in copying the appearance of the objects being painted, but is concerned with the job of translating elements of emotional force into visual design.  It is not an easy task to do this, because there are no rules that can be followed.  The painter is entirely dependent upon a personal sensitivity to color and form, just as the musician must be able to respond to sound qualities.”

 

 

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

(MORE COMPLETE DETAILS BELOW)

 

Cynthia Reeves Snow, noted artist and retired professor of art, died at the age of 94 on May 21, 2001, in Del Mar, California, where she had lived since 1977.  Born in Ashe County, North Carolina, October 2, 1906, Mrs. Snow was educated at the University of North Carolina (AB) and Peabody College (MA).

 

After teaching in the North Carolina school system and at Florida State University, in 1948 Mrs. Snow joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where she remained until her retirement in 1977.  During the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, Mrs. Snow received dozens of awards in regional and national juried exhibitions and was featured in many one-person shows.  Her work was included in several international touring exhibits, shown throughout Japan, South America, Mexico, and France.  A major retrospective exhibition entitled “Cynthia Reeves Snow:  The Storrs Years” was held in 1972 in Storrs.

 

Following her move to California, Mrs. Snow continued to paint, with works shown at various locations throughout San Diego County.  She participated in Del Mar Days 1983 First Annual Art Invitational and in 1985 was awarded First Prize in the Del Mar Centennial Artists’ Juried Exhibit.  In 1986 she was featured in an exhibit and television interview at the Del Mar Communications Center.  A solo exhibit entitled “Paintings in Transition” was held in 1992 at the Adobe Gallery in Vista.  In 1993 Mrs. Snow was included in the All-California Juried Exhibition of the Artists Guild, San Diego Museum of Art.  Out of state, the Bitters Company, Seattle, exhibited Mrs. Snow’s work in the summer of 1998.  San Diego’s Imperial Bank Tower was the site of a large exhibit in the summer of 2000. 

 

Working mostly in watercolor and oil, in a style primarily abstract except for her early representational works, Mrs. Snow’s paintings are noted for her handling of color and light in representing nature and landscape themes.  Her works are included in permanent museum collections throughout the country and in private collections throughout the world.  Her paintings were signed Reeves, her birth name.

 

 

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

 

EDUCATION:

A.B., University of North Carolina, 1927

M.A., Peabody College, 1933

Graduate Work, Art Departments, University of Minnesota and New York University

Specialized Studio Work, Walker Art Center and Morris Davidson's Studio, Minneapolis

 

CAREER:

            Professor of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1948 - 1977

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

National Society of Women Artists                                 Connecticut Women Artists

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts                                 San Diego Art Institute

Connecticut Water Color Society                                    San Diego Artists Guild

 

REGIONAL, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL JURIED SHOWS:

            Alabama Water Color Society, 1950s, 1960s

            National Society of Women Artists, 1950s, 1960s

            Connecticut Water Color Society, Annual Juried Show, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s

Art USA, 1958

Traveling Water Color Show, "Twelve Water Color Artists," organized by the Southeastern College Art Association, two-year tour and

            exhibition in selected art departments in southeastern colleges and universities, works chosen from Alabama Water Color Society

            Show, 1959

International Exchange Exhibit, "Centennial Celebration of the Amity Treaty: United States and Japan," exhibited in galleries of six major

            Japanese cities, beginning in the capitol in May 1960

Traveling Show, National Society of Women Artists, "Works of 20 Women Artists of the United States and 20 Women Artists of Japan," two-year tour of Japan, 1960-62, and exhibited at the New York Historical Society, 1962

International Exchange Exhibit, "20 United States Artists and 20 Argentine Artists," Riverside Museum, New York, October 1962; two-year

            tour of capitols of South American countries, 1963-64, and six major art centers of Mexico, 1964-65

New York World's Fair, 1965

International Exchange Exhibit, Les Salles Femmes Internationale, Cannes, France, Festival, July-August 1965 and May-June 1966; traveled

            in France, 1965-66

Traveling Show, National Society of Women Artists, "20 Water Colors, 20 Prints," civic and educational art centers throughout the United

            States, 1965-67

Traveling Show, "24 American Watercolorists," selected and sponsored by the Richmond (VA) Museum of Art, major museums and

            institutions of higher learning in Virginia, 1965-67

Artists Guild, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA, 1980s, 1990s

All-California Juried Exhibition, Artists Guild, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA, 1993

 

LOCAL AND REGIONAL SHOWS:

            Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts

            Connecticut Water Color Society

            Connecticut Women Artists

            Many Community Art Exhibits throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California

 

ONE-MAN SHOWS:

            Florida State University Museum, Tallahassee, FL, 1946

Eastern Connecticut College, Willimantic, CT, 1954

Norwich Free Academy, Norwich, CT, 1956

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT:  Student Union, 1956; Fine Arts Center, 1959; Jorgensen Hall, 1962; Special Exhibit for National

            Summer Conference, Student Union, 1963

            Windham Memorial Hospital, Willimantic, CT, 1957

Tyringham Art Gallery, Lenox, MA, 1958

Southern Connecticut College, New Haven, CT, 1959

Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 1960

Converse Art Gallery, Norwich, CT, 1960

Mystic Art Association, Mystic, CT, 1964

Fine Arts Foundation, Hartford, CT, 1965

Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester, MA, 1967

Annhurst College, Woodstock, CT, 1970

Dupont Gallery, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA, 1970

John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT, 1971

Stairwell Gallery, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT, 1971

William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT, Major Retrospective, 1972

Mystic Art Association, Mystic, CT, 1973

Del Mar Communications Center, Del Mar, CA, 1986

Adobe Gallery, Vista, CA, 1992

Bitters Company, Seattle, WA, 1998

Imperial Bank Tower, San Diego, CA, 2000

Anthony’s Star of the Sea, San Diego, CA, 2001

 

SPECIAL GROUP AND INVITATIONAL SHOWS:

University Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1948

Mystic Art Association, Mystic, CT, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s

New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, 1950s

Art of the Faculties of Five Connecticut Colleges, Connecticut College, New London, CT, 1950s

Greenwood Gallery, Hartford, CT, Opening Exhibition, 1959

Essex Art Association, Essex, CT, 1960s, 1970s

Central Connecticut College, New Britain, CT, 1960s

Eastern Connecticut College, Willimantic, CT, 1960s

Connecticut Artist-Educator Invitational, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 1960s

Fine Arts Foundation, Hartford, CT, 1960s

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts & Connecticut Water Color Society, New Britain, CT, 1960s, 1970s

University of Connecticut Conference on Contemporary Art and Religion, 1967

Verle Gallery, West Hartford, CT, 1960s

Slater Memorial Gallery, Converse Academy, Norwich, CT:  Water Color - Sculpture Show, 1971; Artists of Eastern Connecticut, 1973;

Art Faculties of Connecticut Colleges, 1976

Sharon Creative Arts Foundation, Sharon, CT, 1972

National Conference on Aesthetics, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, 1973

Munsen Gallery, New Haven, CT, 1977

Inscape Gallery, “Painting by Four Women,” San Diego, CA, 1981

Seneca Falls Gallery, San Diego, CA, 1981

Deicas Art, La Jolla, CA, 1980s

Quint Gallery, “16 x 26 Landscapes,” San Diego, CA, 1985

 

AWARDS:

Connecticut Art Association, Norwich, CT:  Third Prize, oil "Harvest Moon," 1955

Berkshire Art Festival, Pittsfield, MA:  Berle Award, oil "Thaw," 1956; Berkshire Eagle Award, oil "Satellite," 1957; Music Inn Gallery

            Award, water color "Desert Form," 1966

Springfield (MA) Art League, New York and New England Regional:  Second Prize, oil "Satellite," 1957; Second Prize, oil "Light

            Abstraction," 1962

Alabama Water Color Society (National):  Honorable Mention, water color "Plant Rhythms," 1959

Plaza 7 Arts Festival, Hartford, CT:  Connecticut Bank and Trust Award, water color "Floating Forms," 1964

National Society of Women Artists (Annual):  Hahn Memorial Award, water color "Autumnal Landscape," 1964; Honorable Mention,

water color "Desert Form," 1966; Eli Schorr Award, water color "Shell of Silence," 1976

Mystic Art Association, Mystic, CT, New England Annual Regional Juried Show:  First Prize, water color "Landscape Theme 3," 1967;

            First Prize, water color "Transition '70," 1970; First Prize, water color "Landscape Theme 9b," 1973

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts and Connecticut Water Color Society, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT: 

Best Oil, "Horizon,” 1968

Canton Art Guild, Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT, First Annual Water Color Show:  First Prize, "Summer Archway," 1970

Sharon Creative Arts Foundation, Sharon, CT:  First Prize, water color "Lyric in Red," 1971

Connecticut Water Color Society, Annual Members Juried Show:  First Prize, "Metamorphosis", 1976

Del Mar, California, Centennial:  First Prize, oil “Desert,” 1985

 

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS:

New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Library Collection, Eastern Connecticut College, Willimantic, CT

Graduate Library Collection, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

            University of Connecticut Foundation, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

            Southern Connecticut University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC

South Dakota Memorial Art Center, Brookings, SD

Peabody College Gallery, Nashville, TN

Many Private Collections

 

WHO'S WHO, ART IN AMERICA                             

WORLD WHO'S WHO OF WOMEN, Vol. 5, 1979

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

 

Carol and John Snow, P.O. Box 31, Del Mar, CA  92014, csnowre@aol.com (or tel. 858-756-3387)

 

 

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