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About Chris Cinque


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May 10, 2023

ArtDreamerBlog by Brenda Olson

June 2, 2023

Artist Talks

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Form+Content Gallery

"Picnic in the Apocalypse"

September 1, 2021

YouTube Chris Cinque 

Hopkins Center for the Arts

"Beyond the Reach of Words"

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

Career History

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

Minneapolis, MN,

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

Chicago, IL 

MA in Linguistics with a specialty in TESL 2000


Winthrop College

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.

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