Cynthia Kerby is a visual artist, former design professor, jewelry designer, curator, and co-founder of True Ideas, a design studio in Evanston, Illinois. She earned her MFA in Visual Communication from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her visual art has been included in ArtPrize 10, and shown at the Evanston Art Center, at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, and in the Valade Family Gallery at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, in Detroit, to name a few; and she has curated exhibitions at The Westchester Children’s Museum in New York and at Space 900 in Evanston. Cynthia’s conceptual Coronavirus mask was recently included in the 2020 Port Townsend Wearable Art Exhibition, and is a recipient of a recent Ragdale Artist Residency in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Using her design and artistic sensibilities, she aims to show familiar objects in unfamiliar ways, by making observations of life’s frailties and uncertainties through a lens of personal awareness and curiosity. Her focus as a visual artist is to create work that facilitates change in human behavior concerning the environment or social justice and the role she can play in promoting public awareness and action.