Visual artist Cynthia Farnell uses lens-based media, printmaking, drawing and three-dimensional forms to observe and respond to the world. A central theme of her recent studio work has been the transmission of knowledge through plant cultivation. Through the interaction between humans and botanical species, plants become repositories of memory, history, beauty and desire.


Farnell’s work is exhibited internationally. She has  participated in residencies at Golden Apple in coastal Maine and Ayatana Germinate Research Residency in Quebec, Canada, among others. Her projects have been supported by The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Fulton County Arts and Culture, and Georgia State University. Her work is in the collections of Davidson College Van Every/ Smith Galleries, Georgia Cyber Center, the  International Center of Photography, The Jule Collins Smith Museum and The Burroughs –Chapin Museum. Reviews of her exhibits have appeared in ArtsATL, Burnaway, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.


Farnell has travelled extensively in Europe where she has led study abroad courses on Contemporary Art. She earned her M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, her B.F.A. from Auburn University and a Certificate of the General Studies of Photography from the International Center of Photography. She lives in Atlanta where she serves on the faculty of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University.


Cynthia at Palazzo Grimani, Venice, 2019.