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January 16, 1951 - April 20, 2013 COLUMBIA CO, NY Cynthia J. Coulter, an accomplished artist whose work with found objects has been widely exhibited and acclaimed throughout the United States, died on April 20th in Hudson, NY. Cynthia was born January 16, 1951, to Arlene Jean and George Wallace Coulter in Lincoln, NE. In 1959 the family moved to Oklahoma City, where Cynthia attended John Marshall High School. She then pursued her love of art at the University of Texas and Iowa, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture from the University of Colorado, and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma.Influenced by American folk art objects, outsider art, and ancient scrollwork, Ms. Coulter explored materials with "past lives." She is perhaps best known for her work with Indian canoe skins, which she transformed into large horizontal or vertical murals that were collaged with provocative, visually narrative elements. Her origins in Oklahoma and living in New York's Chinatown and Hong Kong also offered her sources of inspiration. Coulter exhibited widely through the US and has been reviewed by the New York Times and other major publications. She was the recipient of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Eben Demarest Trust, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. She received numerous awards, including the New York Foundation for the Arts "Featured Artist" and the 2000 Artist of the Mohawk-Hudson Region Juried Exhibition. She lived in Columbia County, NY for many years and was currently represented by BCB ART in Hudson. She is survived by her father, George Coulter of Oklahoma City, her brother, Timothy Coulter of Hollywood, CA, her life-long friend Phyllis Montavon of Las Vegas, NV, and her special art gallery friend, Alexandra Semchenko, Hudson, NY. A retrospective showing of her art and memorial reception in NY will be announced at a later date.

Published in The Oklahoman on May 12, 2013
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