Cynthia Milionis

Prints & Collages

Artist's Statement

My works on paper begin at the printing press, with multiple runs or plates, and often take final form as collages. The imagery emerges in squishes, overlapping colors, intersecting linework, and the perfect paper scrap. Shapes, lines, and colors conspire in ever shifting ways, each interaction bringing surprise, delight, and possibility. Pure play, each turn of the press wheel offers up opportunities to inhabit a new space—to breathe in orange, green and red, to go like this.



ELEMENTS, a national juried art exhibition, collaborative piece at Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA


California Society of Printmakers at Kings Art Center, Hanford, CA.

Small Prints '18, Bend Art Center, Bend, OR. Juried: Professor Jill Annie Margaret, head of printmaking, Boise State University

The 12th Annual California Centered: Printmaking Exhibition, Merced Multicultural Arts Center Gallery, Merced, CA.  Juried: Jamey Brzezinski, Professor at Merced College

Green Pea Press 6th Annual International Print Exchange, Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment, Huntsville, AL.

Miniprint Kazanlak, Art Gallery Kazanlak,  Bulgaria, Europe

60th Potrero Library Artists’ Exhibition, San Francisco, CA.

Artlink Contemporary Gallery's 38th National Print Exhibition, Fort Wayne, IN. Juried: Liz Maugans, printmaker and co-founder of Zygote Press

Consilience of Art & Science, collaborative piece at Pence Gallery, Davis, CA. Juried: Jiayi Young, Assistant Professor Design at UC Davis, and Helen Donis-Keller, Professor of Biology and Art at Olin College of Engineering, MA.

Then and Now Show, Negative Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA.


GAW 65th anniversary exhibition, Graphic Arts Workshop Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

9th Annual 50/50 Art Show: 50 works in 50 days, Sanchez Arts Center, Pacifica, CA.

Miniprint Exhibit, Kulturbahnhof, Cultural Center, Bad Breisig, and the Studio Gallery, Bonn-Königswinter, Germany

Mark Arts: Printmaking National Juried Exhibition, Mary R Koch Arts Center, Wichita, KS. Juried: Sarah Riley, head of printmaking at Southeast Missouri State University. Honorable Mention.

9th Annual 50/50 Art Show: 50 works in 50 days, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA.  Juried: Jack Fischer founder and curator of the Jack Fischer Gallery

10th Annual Arts Merced Printmaking Show, Merced Multicultural Art Center, CA. Juried: Louisa Benhissen, Professor of Art at Merced College

Love is Still Here, Graphic Arts Workshop Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

By Way of Water, Graphic Arts Workshop Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

59th Potrero Library Artists’ Exhibition, San Francisco, CA.

Nasty Women NYC Art Exhibition, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY.

Mirrored Images, Pacific Groves Center, Pacific Grove, CA.

Cascade Print Exchange XI, Oregon State University, OR.


Yokohama Print Exchange, Launch Pad Gallery, Yokohama Kanagawa, Japan

Dreams and the Imagination, Merced College Art Gallery, Merced, CA.

Print Club of Rochester and Graphic Arts Workshop Print Exchange, Rochester Contemporary Art Center Lab Space, Rochester, NY. and the Graphic Arts Workshop Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

California Society of Printmakers Annual Exhibition, Piedmont Center for the Arts, Piedmont, CA.

15th Lessedra World Art Print Annual Mini Print 2016, Lessedra Gallery,Sofia, Bulgaria. Juried: Lessedra Gallery

California Society of Printmakers Exhibition, Isabelle Percy West Gallery, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA. Juried: Karen Kunc

Print Commission for the Print Club of Rochester, NY.

58th Potrero Library Artists’ Exhibition, San Francisco, CA.

10th Annual Arts Merced Printmaking Show, Merced Multicultural Art Center, CA. Curator: Ben Serpa. Best in Show.

Press Play, Lincoln Center Art Gallery, CO. Juried: Mark Lunning, Master Printmaker for OpenPressLTD. Grand Prize winner.

The Big Draw, Catalyst Gallery, Beacon NY. Curator: Theresa Goodman


Fragments: The Art of Collage and Assemblage, Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA. Juried: Robert Jean-Ray, Artist, Curator and Instructor

Botanica: All Things Plant Life, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA. Juried: Ken Harman, Director of Hashimoto Contemporary and Spoke Art; MacKenzie Stevens, Curatorial Assistant at the Hammer Museum

57th Potrero Library Artists’ Exhibition, San Francisco, CA.

Introductions, Gallery Sixty Six,  Albuquerque, New Mexico. Curator: Mike Kimball

PRINTS: CA, LA and Beyond. Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA. Juried: Michelle Murillo, Co-Chair of Printmaking at CCA

Recent Works: CSP 101st Annual Members Show, Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA.

Exhibition & Art Splurge, Anderson Gallery at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA.

The Big Draw, Catalyst Gallery, Beacon NY. Curator: Theresa Goodman


Prints at GGNRA, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA.

Inclusions 6: Bernal Heights Artists, Inclusions Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Gallery curated

Miniprint Finland 2014, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland. Juried: Jussi Juurinen, Grand Prix winner of Miniprint Finland 2010; Jim Berggren, Sweden; Sanna Teittinen, the head of Hyvinkää Art Museum; Pilvi Ojala, Association of Finnish Printmakers; Pekka Litmanen, Graphic Artist Association of Lahti

Prints from the Graphic Arts Workshop, Alley Cat Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

CCSF Printers, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA.


100 Years in Print: CSP Centennial Celebration, San Francisco, CA. Juried: Ianne Kjorlie, Master Printer at Crown Point Press

Graphic Arts Workshop Open Studios, San Francisco, CA.

RMPA’s Regional Juried Print Exhibition, Gittins Gallery, University of Utah, Utah. Juried: Master Printer Bud Shark

California Society of Printmakers Exhibit, Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA.

55th Annual Potrero Hill Artists' Exhibition, Potrero Library, San Francisco, CA.

The Print Exchange, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY., and the Graphic Arts Workshop, San Francisco, CA.

New Work, San Francisco City College Admin Building, San Francisco, CA. Curator: Claire Brees

The Big Draw, Hudson Beach Glass, Beacon, NY.

Sinclair Galleries Juried Print Show, COE College, IA. Curator: Kathy Caraccio, Instructor at the National Academy of Design and Coe College


Bay Printmakers Open Studios, San Francisco, CA.

The Printed Image Fourth Biennial, Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS. Juried: Yuji Hiratsuka, Artist

Every Expression is Justified, Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco, CA.

A4 Printmakers 3rd International Contemporary Print Competition, Poly Arts Centre in Cornwall, Studio 10 in Falmouth and Wheal Martyn in Cornwall, UK. Curator: Pat King

Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, Federation Gallery & Dundarave Print Workshop Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Juried: Jennifer Page of Cape Fear Press; Anna Szul of the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists; Sam Davidson, of Davidson Galleries

Left Coast Annual, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA. Juried: Michael Schwager, Professor of Art History and Director, University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University

City College of San Francisco Annual Exhibition, San Francisco, CA. Juried: John Wehrle, Artist

California Society of Printmakers Annual Exhibition, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA.

California Society of Printmakers & Royal Society of Printmakers Exchange Exhibition, Bankside Art Gallery, London, England

Botanic Organic, Union Street Gallery, Chicago, IL. Juried: Elizabeth Whiting, Curator for the Union League Club

H2O Fragility and Strength, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA. Juried: Don Soker, Owner of Don Soker Contemporary Art


Works on Paper, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY. Curator: Marie Claude Giroux

Artists Supporting Doctors Without Borders: Show & Auction, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA.

Brand 40 Works on Paper, Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, CA. Juried: Peter Frank, Senior Curator Riverside Art Museum and Editor of THEmagazine Los Angeles

Bay Printmakers Open Studios, San Francisco, CA.

National Small Works Exhibition, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Silver Spring, MD. Juried: Robert K. Newman, Owner & Director of the Old Print Shop, NY.

UMKC National Print Exhibition, Kansas City, MO. Juried: Lessa Fanning, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Four Corners and a Center, Danville Theatre Art Gallery, CA. Juried: Renee Bott, Paulson Bott Press Co-owner and Master Printer

Annual Printmaking Show, San Francisco City College, CA. Juried: Attaboy, Founder and Editor of Hi-Fructose Art Magazine

5th Annual California Centered: Printmaking 2011, Merced Art Center, CA. Juried: Mathew Hopson Walker, Printmaking Instructor from Fresno State and College of the Sequoias

Arts on Fire XV, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA. Juried: Alison Gass, Assistant Curator, Painting and Sculpture at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

31st Annual National Print Exhibition at Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN. Juried: Randy Bolton, Artist and Professor

34th Annual Art on Paper National Juried Exhibition, MFA Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD. Juried: Johanna Halford-Macleod, Art Historian and Writer

Works on Paper, Pacific Art League Gallery, Palo Alto, CA. Juried: Elizabeth Mitchell, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at Stanford's Cantor Center for the Visual Arts


Solo show of Prints, Suite Five Salon, San Francisco, CA.

Annual Small Works Invitational, Elon University, Elon, NC.

FWCAC 9 x 12 Works on Paper, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Texas

West Coast Prints, Pacific Art League Gallery, Palo Alto, CA. Juried: Robert Mason, Artist; Doug Desmond, Artist; Robert Rhoades, Professor of Art at College of the Redwoods

2D & 3D Color and Design Exhibition, LH Horton Jr Gallery, Stockton, CA. Juried: Carrie Pilto, Assistant Curator of Painting & Sculpture at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Contemporary Printmaking: 16 Bay Area Artists, MKSF Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Curator Mike Kimball

Washington Printmakers Gallery 13th Annual National Small Works Exhibition, Silver Spring, MD. Juried: Dr. Christopher With, Art Historian and Curator

Barrett Art Center's 5th Annual National Printmaking Exhibition, Poughkeepsie, NY. Juried: Asher Miller, Dept. of 19th Century Modern & Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Rock, Paper & Scissors: Printmaking and Book Arts Exhibition, Irvine Fine Arts Center, CA. Juried: Nancy Haselbacher, Artist and Professor at the Otis College of Art and Design

Still Life, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, CA. Juried: Chester Arnold, Artist and Teacher at the College of Marin

4th Annual California Centered Printmaking Exhibition, Merced Art Center, CA. Juried: Jamey Brzezinski, Artist and Chair of the Merced College Arts Division

McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition, Abercrombie Gallery, LA. Juried: Peter Frank, Senior Curator Riverside Art Museum and Editor of THEmagazine Los Angeles

Sixty Square Inches, Perdue University, IN. Juried: Jenny Schmid of Bikini Press International and Asst. Professor at the University of Minnesota Department of Art

5th Winter National Juried Exhibition: Exploring Contemporary Printmaking, Marin MOCA, CA. Juried: Karin Breuer, Curator in Charge, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco CA, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA

National Small Works Exhibition, Gallery 217, Nova Southeastern University, FL


On the Cutting Edge: West Coast Collage Artists, Coos Art Museum, OR. Juried: Kay Campbell, Professor of Art at Oregon State University; Jon Leach, Artist; Beverly Soasey, Director of Hult Center for the Performing Arts

A Small Art Competition, Logsdon 1909 Gallery, Chicago, IL. Juried: Doug Stapleton, Asst. Curator for the Illinois State Museum

Current Trends in Print, Elon University, NC. Juried: Jean Sanders, Artist and Associate Professor of Art at the Pennsylvania State University

Small Spaces, Big Creations, Sixth Street Gallery, Vancouver, WA. Juried: Gallery Directors

NURTUREart benefit show at Claire Oliver Gallery, NY. Juried: Yaelle Amir, Independent Curator; Patrick Amsellem, Brooklyn Museum Curator; David Humphrey, Artist; Joelle Jensen NURTUREart Curator

Mission Bay Art Show, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

Patterns of Growth at NURTUREart Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Curators: Susan Ross, Melissa Staiger20a9, ELEMENTS, a national juried art exhibition

Marin Society of Artists

1515 Third Street, San Rafael

January 10 to February 2, 2019

Wed-Sun, noon to 4

Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019, 5 to 8 p.m.


M.F.A. in Printmaking, San Francisco State University
M.A. in Education in Instructional Technologies, San Francisco State University
B.F.A. in Painting, University of Washington, Seattle
B.A. in Art History, University of Washington, Seattle

Public Collections

Print Club of Rochester
Brooklyn Art Library
Americas Biennial Exhibition research archives
Judith A. Hoffberg Archive at the UCSB Library
International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction
Oregon State University
Lincoln Financial Group Collection


Bay Printmakers
California Society of Printmakers
Fort Mason Printmakers
Graphic Arts Workshop
NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY
SGC International


By Way of Water exhibit, with print demonstrations & hands-on activities, Graphic Arts Workshop Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Print Club of Rochester and Graphic Arts Workshop Exchange, Graphic Arts Workshop Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Bi-monthly rotation of artist shows at the storefront of S. Meek Architecture, San Francisco, CA.

SGC International Conference, San Francisco 2014, Mission Art Walk committee member and organizer of Prints from the Graphic Arts Workshop at Alley Cat Books Gallery


2013, Snow, Maryly "California Society of Printmakers One Hundred Years"
Summer 2013, Gravel Literary Journal, featured artwork
Spring 2013, Superstition Review, featured artwork
Spring 2013, Ponoma Valley Review, featured artwork
Fall 2012, Anti-Poetry Magazine, cover
Spring/Summer 2012, Piecrust Magazine, featured artwork
April 2011, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, featured artwork
2007, Coffeen, PhD, Daniel “A Conspiracy of Whimsy”, monograph essay