About Chris Cinque
YouTube Artist Talks
Chris Cinque September 1st, 2021
Chris Cinque June 24, 2021
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Private Collections: Mexico City, Mexico, Fort Worth, TX, Bloomington, MN, Chicago, IL, Evanston, IL, Minneapolis, MN, St. Paul, MN, Chapel Hill, NC
Form + Content Gallery, Minneapolis; Walker Art Center, Artistry, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Hopkins Center for the Arts
When I was teaching ELL to adults in Chicago and then in Minneapolis, I started making collages. This solitary occupation balanced the very public work of teaching. Being alone with magazines, glue and a blank mind energized and engaged me in the same way that doing art as a child had. After many years, I left teaching to pursue art full time.
Before I was a teacher, I was a theater artist for 20 years: playwright, actor, and director. In addition to working with various companies, I toured my one-woman trilogy of plays, Growing Up Queer in America, throughout Minnesota and the United States, including NYC, Los Angeles and Seattle. I received a Bush Artist Fellowship, two Jerome Foundation grants, and two Minnesota State Arts Board grants for my theater work. I was a core writer at the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis.
The people I met as a teacher and theater artist and the work we did together has made me who I am as a visual artist: concerned, focused, and ebullient.
Mentored by artist/educator Elizabeth Erickson
2016 to 2019
Form + Content Gallery
Intern 2018, 2019
Grand Marais Art Colony
Grand Marais, MN
Classes with Elizabeth Erickson, Lynn Speaker, and Hazel Belvo
Women’s Art Institute
St Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
Teacher’s assistant, 2018; Student, 2016
Split Rock Arts Program
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
2008, 2010 Workshops with artist Clive King
University of Illinois
MA in Linguistics with a specialty in TESL 2000
Rock Hill, SC
BA in English with a minor in Music
My artistic impulse connects to music rather than words. I use non-objective painting and collage to find the rhythms of color and form to create emotional landscapes. My intentions include a desire to help situate those of us who are outsiders into both the contemporary art world and the history of art itself.