Cyndy Carstens won her first art competition at age 6, and the honor changed her life forever. She was awarded a summer scholarship to the highly regarded Art Institute of Minneapolis – an experience which inspired her to pursue her career as an artist.
Since that youthful initiation, Carstens’ work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States. She has worked in a variety of mediums, including oil, graphite, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards and exhibitions including:
Artist of the Year, Sonoran Arts League
Arizona Artists Guild Best of Show Award
Chairman’s Award, Peoria Arts Council Annual Juried Exhibition
Artist of Distinction Award, Manhattan Arts International, New York, New York
Artist of Distinction Award, Still Point Gallery, Brunswick, Maine
Artist of Distinction Award and Finalist, The Richeson75 International, Kimberly, Wisconsin
Carstens’ paintings are found in private collections across America, Canada, Europe & Australia. Corporate collections include companies such as Intel Corporation, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute & Consortium, B&F Corporation, Gray Manufacturing, Shaw Company, Inc., Canada Farm Arabians, Crystal Meadows Ranch, and Bank of America. Recently, Carstens teamed with sculptor Kevin Caron to create the exhibition Elevation – Reaching New Heights in Paint & Steel at monOrchid Gallery, Phoenix.
Carstens and her paintings have been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles over the years, including Southwest Art, American Art Collector, Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine, and The Arizona Republic. Cyndy Carstens and her husband live in Phoenix, Arizona.
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