Cynthia Lahti creates artworks that are visually alluring despite their sometimes-humble materials. Inspired by objects and images, both historical and contemporary, her creations reflect her belief that even the smallest artifact can evoke the most powerful feelings. Her art practice, that encompasses drawing, collage, sculpture and altered books is influenced by human artifacts from ancient times to the present, as well as by personal experiences and emotions. Cynthia grew up in Portland, Oregon, leaving to earn her bachelor's degree at the Rhode Island School of Design. After graduating in 1985 she returned to Oregon where she continues to live and make art, finding inspiration in both its physical and psychological landscape and the way it encourages her fearless studio practice. In 2013 she was awarded the Hallie Ford Fellowship for artists, the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship in 2015 and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Individual Support Grant in 2017.