Cynthia Connolly is a photographer, curator, letterpress printer and artist who lives in the Arlington, Virginia. Her work is informed by her upbringing in Los Angeles, California—the view from the automobile and the extreme landscape of pavement and nature colliding. The discovery of the punk music scene inspired her to forage for underground movements ofthe new, different and things hidden but in plain sight.
She graduated from both the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and Auburn University’s Rural Studio, worked for Dischord Records and booked an avant-garde performance venue, d.c. space. In 1988 she published Banned in DC: Photos and Anecdotes From the DC Punk Underground (79–86) through her independent press Sun Dog Propaganda. Internationally shown and a prolific artist, her photographic work, postcards and books were exhibited in Beautiful Losers in the United States and Europe from 2004–2009 establishing herself as a pioneer in DIY culture.
Reviewed internationally, her photography is in many private collections, (including her artistic peers such as Michael Stipe, Nick Hornby, Gary Hustwit and Ian Mackaye.) as well as the The J. Paul Getty Museum, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Smithsonian Museum of American History and the American University Museum at the Katzen. The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants for her projects, she has been curator for Arlington County, Virginia for over a decade and continues to search the world both as curator and artist to connect disparate places, people and things.