• Old Maid

    Old Maid

    August 13-22, 2021
    Featuring the Old Maid Deck of Cards, oil paintings and artist books.
    Reception Friday August 13 4-6pm
    Gallery Open Wed.-Sun. 9-4
    Hedgerow Gallery
    8 Ridge Road
    Tenants Harbor, ME
    image: Bone Woman #14 oil on canvas 22"x48"

  • Narrative & Structure

    Narrative & Structure

    For the month of September, the Camden Public Library is pleased to host the Midcoast Maine Book Arts Group for an invitational virtual exhibition. The show features work by book artists with strong connections to the midcoast region of Maine.
    Online Sept. 1-30, 2020 www.librarycamden.org/event/structure-a…
    Interactive Catalog (always available) drive.google.com/file/d/1cs1pA6mBc9Tm_m…

  • Book Arts: Maine Artists

    Book Arts: Maine Artists

    September 1-30, 2018
    Jean Picker Room Camden Public Library
    55 Main St.
    Camden, ME 04843

    Works by 14 Maine Artists working with book arts mediums

    Opening: Sunday September 9 1:30-4:30pm
    "Ask Your Bookmaker"- interactive event: Thursday Sept. 13 7pm

    FMI: Book Arts Facebook Group

  • Book Arts Bazaar

    Book Arts Bazaar

    Sunday April 8, 2018
    10am- 3pm
    USM Wishcamper Center
    Bedford St (off of Forest Ave, next to Rt 295)
    Portland, ME

  • People On the Move: A Human Crisis

    People On the Move: A Human Crisis

    I have work at the Jonathan Frost Gallery.
    Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 2, 5:00 – 7:30
    at the Jonathan Frost Gallery
    Live music by pianist Steve Lindsay
    Artists’ Talk: Sunday, Feb. 11, 2:00
    at the Camden Library:
    with Titi De Baccarat, Orson Horchler, Veronica Kaluta, Wendy N. Patterson
    Mid-show Reception: Friday, Feb. 16, 3:30 – 6:00
    at the Camden Public Library

  • Lies, Truths and Mysteries

    Lies, Truths and Mysteries

    NoRo Gallery
    16 Brewster St. Rockland, Maine
    (207) 701-1307
    July 7- 29, 2017
    Opening Friday July 7 5-7pm
    Gallery Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12-6

    My current work explores the connections between spirituality, world religions, and meditation through the story of my Armenian Grandmother, my own personal craft work, and the human figure. The installation will combine hand weaving, prints and metal work.

    The lie: Grandma pretended she was Turkish.

    The truth: Grandma converted to Islam so she would not be killed.

    The mystery: Grandma continued to pray in the manner of Islam for her entire life.

  • Bookbinding Workshop

    Bookbinding Workshop
  • Book Arts Bazaar

    Book Arts Bazaar

    I'll be showing my newest art books, sharing upcoming workshop info and selling marbled paper and cards.

    Sunday April 9, 2017
    USM Wishcamper Center
    Bedford St
    Portland, ME

  • Slide Lecture

    Slide Lecture

    Maine Artists Cynthia McGuirl and Anastasia Weigle
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
    Each of these two artists will give a presentation about their work.

    Free and Open to the Public

    University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library
    University of Southern Maine
    314 Forest Ave Portland, ME


  • Vamp & Tramp Booksellers

    Vamp & Tramp Booksellers

    My books are now being represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers.

  • Art Book Display at the Thomaston Library

    Art Book Display at the Thomaston Library

    August 1- 31, 2016 Main Street Thomaston, ME

    The Thomaston Public Library will display the Handmade Art Books of Thomaston artist Cynthia Motian McGuirl for the month of August. McGuirl works with her own original prints, drawings, hammered copper and marbled papers. She combines traditional methods with punching and stitching to assemble her books. McGuirl will also show books under construction to show the processes involved in building a book. The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours M-F 11-5 (open until 7pm on Mon. & Fri.), Sat 9-1.

  • Handmade Artist's Books: One of A Kind

    July 9- Sept. 30, 2015
    Maine Fiberarts
    13 Main St.
    Topsham, ME 04086
    Reception and Poetry Reading:
    Sat. Aug. 29 1- 2:30pm
    FMI:Maine Fiberarts


    My Slideshow & Talk: Thursday April 30 at 7:30pm
    Show: April 2- May 2, 2015
    Gallery Z
    25 Eagle St
    Providence RI
    FMI:Gallery Z


    April 16- May 29, 2015
    Opening Thursday April 16 5-7pm
    The Holocaust and Human Rights Center at U Maine Augusta
    Michael Klahr Center
    46 University Dr
    Augusta, Maine


    APRIL 23, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Camden Public Library
    55 Main Street
    Camden, ME

    I will be giving a slide show and talk that interweaves images of dreams, stories, and portraits with my family history of the Armenian Genocide.

    FMI: Armenian Genocide Talk

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  • Maine Fiberarts at USM

    September 2- December 19, 2014
    Opening Reception: Fri. November 21 3- 5pm
    Glickman Family Library, 7th floor
    314 Forest Ave
    Portland, ME
    FMI: Fiberarts at USM
    Maine Fiberarts

  • New Work

    June 14- July 5, 2014
    Opening Reception: Sat. June 14 4-7pm
    Wallwork Gallery
    67 Pascal Ave
    Rockport, ME
    Wallwork Gallery

  • *_Masters: Contemporary Fiber Art_*

    May 4- June 28, 2014
    Maine Fiberarts
    13 Main St
    Topsham, ME
    FMI: Maine Fiberarts

  • *Prints: Breaking Boundaries*

    January 2013 Lewis Gallery Portland, ME

  • Paste & Pages

    June 2013
    Harlow Gallery Hallowell, ME

  • *Arts In the Barn*

    August 16-18, 2013
    Cushing Historical Society 17 Hathorne Point Rd

  • Pressing On

    Landing Gallery
    8 Elm St.
    Rockland, ME
    Sept. 27- Oct. 28, 2012
    Opening Reception Fri. Oct. 5 5-8pm
    Landing Gallery website

  • Art to Wear ...Or Not

    Pearson Legacy Gallery
    13 Dow Rd
    Deer Isle, ME
    Sept. 20- Oct. 8, 2012
    Thu- Sun 11-4
    207- 348-2535/6848

  • *The Figure Show*

    Oct 20- 30, 2010
    Opening Wed, October 20th 4pm- 7pm
    Lincoln Street Center for the Arts Rockland, ME

    the presence and appreciation of the human form in artwork
    contemporary figures - archaic figures - figures from the twilight

  • *The Drawing Group, DuBack & Company*

    I'll be part of this group exhibition. The theme is Nudes. The Drawing Group meets outdoors, weekly throughout the summer to draw an enthusiastic model!
    Mars Hall Gallery
    621 Port Clyde Road Tenants Harbor, ME
    August 11 - October 11, 2010
    Reception Friday August 20 6-8pm

  • I am currently looking for exhibition opportunities and/or gallery representation.
    Cynthia Motian McGuirl

  • *Pecha Kucha Presentation*

    On Friday March 26, 2010 at 7:15pm, I will be among the presenters at Pecha Kucha Night in Rockland, Maine. Artists will show 20 slides for 20 seconds each while speaking about their work. This is a fast paced and entertaining event! It will be held at Lincoln Street Center in Rockland. For more information about Pecha Kucha see Pecha Kucha Maine.

  • "The Armenian Genocide- 95 Years Later, In Remembrance"

    April 1-30, 2010
    Thursday April 15 5-9pm
    Saturday April 17, 3-5pm

    URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery
    80 Washington St
    Providence, RI

    I am excited to be a part of this large show. I will show intaglio prints related to my family's experiences in the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
    For more information:
    Feinstein Gallery Armenian Genocide Show

  • Resume

    Cynthia Motian McGuirl
    Born: 1963, Providence, RI

    1997- present Printmaker- intaglio
    1984- present Handweaver- The Dancing Blanket

    1981- 82 Kansas City Art Institute Kansas City, MO
    1980- 81 Swain School of Design New Bedford, MA


    July 09 Midcoast Printmakers Exhibit Round Top Gallery Damariscotta, ME

    Sept 08 Lineage: Portraits & Dreams etchings Gibbs Library Washington, ME

    Sept 08 Harvest 7 Stable Gallery Damariscotta, ME

    April 07 Armenia: A Remembrance etchings Elan Fine Arts Rockport, ME

    Oct 06 Maine Printmakers 1980-2005 CMCA Rockport, ME

    Oct 06 Maine Printmakers Elan Fine Arts Rockport, ME

    Dec 05 Private Collection etchings Gallery Z Providence, RI

    Oct 05 Haute for Hospice Benefit Fashion Show Bayside, ME

    Oct 04/03 Artwear In Motion Textile Center of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN
    2004 Winner: Award of Excellence

    Spring 04 Fiberarts Design Book 7 Kimono 74 Lark Books, publisher

    May 04 Contemporary Maine Fiber Art CMCA Rockport, ME

    Aug 03 Wearable Arts Fashion Show Samoset Resort Rockport, ME

    May 02 Fabric & Fiber 2002 ME Fabric & Fiber Arts Festival Portland,ME

    Nov 00 The Art of Craft Elements Gallery Rockland, ME

    Sept 00 Style 2000 Decordova Museum Lincoln, MA

    Aug 00 AAUW Artisans Studio Tour Thomaston, ME

    Oct 94-06 Work of the Hand CMCA Gallery Rockport, ME

    July 97 Kimono Show Handworks Gallery Blue Hill, ME

    May 97 Studio Work etchings Between the Muse Gallery Rockland, ME

    May 93-97 Associates’ Show Gallery X New Bedford, MA

    Aug 96 Kimono Exhibition Scarfone Gallery, Univ. of Tampa, FL

    Fall 95 Makers ‘95 Colby College Museum of Art Waterville, ME

    Spring 95 Fiber at the Blaine House (governor’s mansion) Augusta, ME

    Fall 94 Fiber at the Maine Arts Commision Augusta, ME

    July 94 20/20 Visions Convergence ‘94 St. Paul, MN
    featured in Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot Fall 94

    Nov 93 Makers ‘93 Participant: Lecture Series Portland Museum of Art ME

    Fall 92 It Works! UMO Museum of Art Orono, ME

    July 92 The Capital Collection Convergence ‘92 Washington, DC

    Oct 91 Fiber Show Best of Show Award Chocolate Church Gallery Bath, ME

    Fall 91 Contemporary Handweaving Museum of Textile History Andover, ME

    July 91 New England Weavers Seminar Show Waterville Valley, NH
    Molly Houle Memorial Award

    Sept 90 Makers ‘90 Bates College Gallery Lewiston, ME