Cindy Neuschwander

1952 – 2012

Cindy Neuschwander, born in Texas in 1952, lived and worked in Richmond, Virginia. Neuschwander brought a distinctive approach to painting and works on paper that evaded precise affiliation with the dominant movements of the twentieth century, including Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. Her deliberate and searching markings – often presented on an intimate scale or in multiple-panel works – created a world of personal iconography, metaphor, and myth.

Neuschwander earned her MFA in photography from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1986 after studying at the University of Texas at Austin. She had solo exhibitions at 1708 Gallery, Reynolds Gallery, Page Bond Gallery, Hodges Taylor Gallery and Main Art Gallery. Her work is represented in many notable public and private collections including: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia; The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina; Sydney and Frances Lewis Collection, Pamela K. and William A. Royall, Jr. and Graham Nash Collection.

Truth Finds You, a monograph of her work, was published in 2013.

As tribute to her creative spirit, the Cindy Neuschwander Scholarship Fund has been established to help promising high school students study art at the university level. Managed by 1708 Gallery, more information about the scholarship can be found here. In honor of her love and contribution to Richmond’s artist community, The Cindy Neuschwander Art Preparatory Room is to be located in the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art. This facility will be core to the restoration and preparation of the ICA’s exhibitions for many years to come. More information about the ICA can be found here.