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Cynthia Colbert

Professor Emeritus
Art Education
School of Visual Art and Design
University of South Carolina

Office MM 317
Phone Number 777-4231


Sarah Bolick Smith Professor of Fine Arts

Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Liberal Arts

Current Research: Children's drawing development and relationships to cognition, language, literacy, interpersonal, motor, and self-concept development.  Art instruction and assessment of learning. Biographical research on Alma Thomas.


University of Missouri at Columbia Ph.D.                             (1978)

University of Missouri at Columbia  M. S. Ed.                       (1975)

Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia  BS.             (1972)

Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama                                   (1968-70)


Cynthia Colbert is the author of 8 books as well as numerous chapters and articles.  She is the recipient of the University of Missouri's College of Education Alumni Award, the June King McFee Award from Women's Caucus of the National Art Education Association, and has recently been named a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association. She has also been awarded the Most Outstanding Art Educator in Higher Education in the state, region and nation by her peers.  At USC she has won the Michael J. Mungo Award for Undergraduate Teaching and is the recipient of two endowed chairs, the Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Liberal Arts and the Sarah Bolick Smith Professor of the Arts. She was awarded the Mac Arthur Goodwin Award from the Board of the Columbia Museum of Art for her work in visual arts education and the state's Women of Achievement Award, The South Carolina Commission on Women, Office of the Governor.

Artist Statement:

In creating my work I enjoy the sensual qualities of the materials I use.  The textures of various papers and the colors of pigments in paints, dyes, and color transfers I select often inspire me as I construct layered pieces.  Working with paper makes me aware and vigilant in gathering a collection of materials from unusual places. The themes that evolve as I consider color and texture of materials are often concerned with human rights and accomplishments of individuals. Sometimes they are commentaries on contemporary issues or more personal issues.