C y n t h I a   S c o n t r i a no   S c h i l d h a u e r 

614 El Varano Way

Chico, CA 95973

530-521-4321 (studio/office)



Master of Arts, Art (Studio Painting)

California State University, Chico (2002) with Distinction

Thesis:  The Space Between

Master of Arts, Counseling and Expressive Arts/ Art Therapy

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA (1982) with Honors

Thesis:  Self Confrontation and Video Art Therapy

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz (1978)

Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (1980-1984)

Registered Art Therapist (ATR)

Solo Exhibitions

2016                Counter Culture Gallery , Santa Fe, New Mexico    

2015                 Beatniks Galleria, Chico CA,  Retrospect

2014                 Old Soul Gallery, Sacramento, CA,    Ride and Glide

                         Mendocino Art Center, March 2014, Birds 2

2012                 Chico Paper Company Gallery, 2012, Life is a Poem 

                         Chico Paper Co gallery, Chico, CA, Chico A-Z, a series of 26

2010                Chico Paper Company, Chico CA  , 100 Paintings in 100 Days,   

2008                 Vigil Gallery, Nevada City, CA, Celebration of Color ,

2007                 Vigil Gallery, Nevada City, CA, Crow,

                         Coyote Gallery, Butte College, Birds, (etc.),

2006                 University Gallery  ,Calif. State University  Chico,  PLACES

                       Uptown Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2004 , new landscapes

2005                 University Gallery/ CSU Chico,  ”the space between

                         Coyote Gallery 2/ Butte College,  CA/ New Work: Encaustic

2002               Steam Café Gallery, Chico, CA/ New Work: Assemblages

1991               Somerville Public Library Annex Gallery/ Somerville, MA  ,death and birth



2015                           Whiteness-   Museum of Northern California Art

2014                           Birds and Friends, Upper Crust Arts, Chico CA

2012                           Hot and Cold-E ncaustic, Artery Gallery, Davis, CA

2011                            Erotic Art Extravaganza, RayRay Gallery, Chico, CA 

2010                            Ekphrasis: A Collaboration Poets & Artists, 1078 Gallery, Chico

2007-2008                 Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino CA

                                    Coyote Gallery, Butte College, Faculty Exhibitions

(2002-present)          Chico Paper Company, Chico, CA

(2004-present)          Uptown Gallery, Sacramento, CA

                                    Vigil Gallery/ Nevada City, CA

 (2004)                        Yuba/Sutter Arts Center, Marysville, CA “Innerscapes”

(2002)                         1078 Gallery/ Chico, CA/ encaustic, two person exhibit          

                        Vigil Gallery/ Fall Preview, Featured Artist

                                     Barton Gallery/ Sacramento, CA

                                     Northern Calif Great American Forgery/ 2nd Place (2002)         

2001, 2006                Chico Open Board Project), (Highest public auction bid)        

2000-09                     Chico Art Center, Chico CA Various community exhibitions

1996-1998                 Lancaster City Museum/ Lancaster, CA/ Juried Exhibition

                                    Artspace Gallery/ Lancaster, CA/ Art: Eclectic

1988-89                     Carriage Gallery/ Cambridge, MA /Art From the Inside

                                     Modern Times Gallery/ Cambridge, MA /SoftAr



Butte Glenn Community College, , (2007-present)

Teach beginning through advanced painting drawing and 2-D Design

Mendocino Art Center Instructor Teach: Intuitive and Encausitc Painting Workshops,

Chico Art Center,  Teach: Intuitive Painting, Figure Painting, Drawing Chico, CA  

UCLA Extension / Instructor/Adjunct Faculty (1997, 1998)

Lesley University Graduate School, Winter workshops, 1991

Art Program  Development and Implementation

Owner/ Founder- Open Arts – a private community service that provides art therapy, art enrichment and art education to individuals, families, groups and community agencies.

            Forest Ranch charter School, Forest Ranch, CA (present)

            Academy for Change Continuation High School, Chico, CA  

            Ophir Elementary School, Oroville, CA

            Chico Country Day School -

            Rosedale Elementary School

            Chico Recovery Center Youth Program-

             Shatter 2 Matter 1 and 2  ( A weekly arts-based summer intensive workshop for at-risk teens, reconstructing broken objects into fine art.  Funded by two $10,000 city grants.   www.onceuponaschool.org  (#32)

           “Get Real” A weekly six week art workshop for youth 12- 20 focusing on self reflection and self esteem,                funded by non-profit sponsorship grant

           “Arts in Corrections” Part of UCLA faculty, taught Painting in California State Prison, Lancaster, CA


Chico Arts Center

Mentor, Inc

Tri-County Treatment Center, Oroville, CA

Hospitality House Child Treatment Center

Community Collaborative for Youth, Chico CA

Academy for Change- Continuation High School, Chico, Ca                                

VIVA!, Chico CA ,  Art Group for children of cancer patients

Diabetes Support Group, Feather River Hospital, Paradise, CA          

ARC, Chico, CA, Encaustic Workshop for Developmentally Disabled

Walden Family Services, Lancaster, CA/ Art with Foster Children and Families (1997-9


Three Painters and Jazz, live painting event, Habitat for Humanity community fundraiser (06-09)

Has Beans Gallery, Chico, CA/ Almost Original Forgery Exhibit (2002)

Open Studios Tour, Chico, CA/ (2000-2015)

Chico Open Board project, Chico, CA/ (2001, 2006)

Origami Project, American Cancer Soc, \, Chico, CA (2004, 05)

Chico World Music Festival, Chico, CA/ (2002-2005)

Kids Club, Chico Mall, Chico, CA/ (2001)

Center For Healthy Choices/ Chico, CA (2001)

Touchstone Program, Enloe Hospital, Chico, CA (2000)

Bridges Residential Program/ Lancaster, CA (1997)

NAMES Project Memorial Quilt Project , Lancaster, CA (1996)                                                                                                                                                 

VNA, Lancaster, CA/ Art with Seniors (1993-1996)

Tri-City Community Mental Health Center, Malden, MA / Art with Psychiatric Patients (1986-91)


100 Best Art Towns in America, John Vallini (Countryman Press, 2006)

                                                              Featured Artist                                                

Northern California Guide to the Arts/ Fall Edition (2002, 2006)

Chico Enterprise Record/ (October, 2002 (August, 2001) (June 05)

Chico New and Review/ Nov. 04, Feature Article June 05, Aug 08, March 2015

Red/White/Blue  /Four short collaborative video pieces (2001)

It’s About Time/ documentary/Art Therapy

Community Childrens Art Exhibition, Washington Mutual Bank Oroville, CA 2005

Drawing From Within 1/ Chico, CA  (2003)

Drawing From Within 2/, Chico CA (2004)

Reflections/Painting from the Source Red Dot Gallery, Chico, CA (2002)

Artwork donations/ fundraising:

 Torres Community Homeless shelter,

 Humane Society,

 KCHO Public Radio,

KZFR Public Radio,

Hooker Oak School

Sister Bea Recovery Series


Artist Residency-  Herekeke Art Center, Questa New Mexico, June 2015

Recipient- grant Gottlieb Foundation, NY, NY 2011

Vermont Studio Workshop-  Fellowship -2011

Recipient- Enloe Hospital Public Art Commission 2009

Recipient-Annies Award for the Visual Arts /(best local visual artist 2007)

Recipient-City of Chico Arts Grant (2005, 2007) Shatter2Matter Arts Intensive Program for At-Risk Youth

Finalist, Fifteenth Annual CSU, Research Competition 2002

MA degree with Distinction, California State University Chico, 2002

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (2002-present)

Mural Project Grant/ Malden, MA / 24’mural for public building (1990)

Fellowship, Cummington Community of the Arts (1989)

Scholarship, Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (1984)

MA degree with Honors, Lesley College Graduate School, Cambridge, MA (1982)

Registered Art Therapist, (ATR)  (1985)

Chico Open Board Art Public Art Commission,(


Featured Speaker/Artist Lecture Series, Chico CA   (11/2007)

Butte College, Visiting Artist Lecture 2006

CSU Chico, Visiting Artist Lecture, 2005

Reflections on the Sublime/ Slide Presentation /

     Finalist, CSU Chico Academic Competition, San Jose, CA (2001)

Art As A Life-Raft/ Slide Presentation/ Asilomar, CA (2001)

Creativity and Addiction/ NNCAT Conference, NY (1988)

Partial List of COLLECTORS

Corporate    Enloe Hospital

                   Architectural Associates, Bergen, Norway   

                    Schmidt Medical Group, Orland, CA

                    Chiropractic Wellness Center

                    Chico Recovery Centers, Inc.

                    Thompson and Associates, Santa Rosa, CA

                    Feather Falls Casino

                    Satava Glass

                    Davis and Davis, Attorneys at Law

                    Blue House, (rock band) Sydney Australia

                   Lidapell, Corp., New Hampshire

                    Teleprocessing, Inc., Boston, MA


Private        A list of over 225 private collectors is available upon     



Represented by:    Encaustic Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico

                            Chico Paper Company Fine Arts, Chico, CA

                              Uptown Studios Gallery, Sacramento, CA

                              Vigil Gallery, Nevada City, CA

                              Mendocino Art Center ,Fine Arts Gallery

                            Di Padova Gallery Associates, Napa, CA


References/Transcripts available upon Request 

Simone Senet, MFA                                                     (530) 895-2404  

Jeanine Salakar Main,  LCSW                                       530-570-9684

Eve Wedeen, ATR-BC                                                   505-362-0049

Amy Cordova                                                               575-779-2411