Southern artist, Cynthia Massey Parsons, has been termed a multi-faceted
creative talent. In addition to dramatic formal oil & pastel portraiture, her work
includes abstracts with mirrored gloss, and the exploration of flamboyant floral
and landscape themes. The summer of 1996 brought world-wide distribution of
her art when her high energy design became an official poster for the Olympic
Soccer Games. Her action soccer paintings inspired by the Summer Games
became a published collection in Impressions - Men's Summer Soccer '96.
Collegiate football's Iron Bowl and University of Alabama Coach Gene Stallings
were the subjects of Parsons' widely collected poster: Pride Runs Deep.
The Methodist/Presbyterian has been recognized by the Vatican for her oil
portrait of Pope John Paul II. She also painted His Eminence John Cardinal
O'Connor and the first Archbishop of New York: "Dagger John" Hughes, for the
Archdiocese of New York. In 2001 Mrs. Parsons was in attendance at the White
House Christmas Reception honoring artists whose respective state governor
had appointed them to design and create an Christmas ornament for the Official
United States White House Christmas Tree.
In February 2003 Mrs. Parsons was confirmed Special Consultant of the United
Nations' NGO: The International Association of Educators For World Peace. In
2002 she was bestowed membership in the Legion of Honor; Chapel of the Four
Chaplains; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in recognition of selfless contributions to
charitable causes. Organizations that have benefited from Mrs. Parsons' efforts
include: The American Cancer Association; The American Heart Association;
The Callahan Eye Foundation; Designers Against Breast Cancer; Easter Seals;
The Firefighters' Association; several Hospital Foundations; The Huntsville
Botanical Gardens; United Cerebral Palsy.
Parsons holds a BA in Art from Florida State University; Tallahassee, Florida. Her
work has been exhibited in solo shows, juried museum exhibitions, and is
represented in selected galleries of note. Her courtroom sketches have appeared
on both CBS and ABC affiliated stations. She is published in Christmas with
Southern Living 1982. Parsons is listed in Who's Who in American Art 2011,
2010, & 1977. She received the 2000 Arts Alive Award for excellence & support
of Alabama Arts by the Children's Hands-On Museum; Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Cynthia Parsons holds membership in the National League of American Pen
Woman, Magna Charta Dames & Barons, and ranks as Black Belt in the martial
art of Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan.
Ms. Parsons teaches & has taught art classes at the Birmingham Museum of Art,
The Birmingham Botanical Garden, Burritt Museum on the Mountain in Huntsville,
Hobby Lobby in Jones Valley in Huntsville, Alabama Art Supply in Birmingham, &
the Art Academy in Ardmore, Tennessee. She is available to conduct workshops
and special presentations & lectures.
Cynthia Massey Parsons Artist & Teacher
Education: Graduate of Art Department, BA, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Teacher & Lecturer: Birmingham Museum of Art / Alabama Art Supply, Birmingham /
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Alabama / Alabama Art Supply, Birmingham / Burritt Museum on the
Mountain, Huntsville / Hobby Lobby, Huntsville / Huntsville / Madison County Botanical
GardensMonaco Pictures, Huntsville; FastFrame, Huntsville
Exhibitions: Wonders of Alabama Art, Energen Corp., Birmingham, Alabama 2005-2012 /
Circle of Artists of C M Parsons; Christopher House Antiques & Gallery; Birmingham, AL; Oct. 2011
Art in Bloom, Huntsville Museum of Art, April 3-4, 2009 /
U. S. Space & Rocket Center Saturn V & Space Camp Reunion, July 18-19, 2008
U. S. White House Christmas Tree Ornament, State of Alabama, 2001
Posters: Official 1996 Olympic Soccer Poster / Pride Runs Deep - University of Alabama Coach
Gene Stallings / Stars Fall on Alabama, AL Bureau of Tourism & Travel
Book Publications: Love Letters of Leonardo da Vinci
Book of Action Paintings: Impressions - Men's Summer Soccer '96
Coloring Book: Fire Fighters, American Heroes - Fire Safety & Prevention (pub. 2001)
Christmas with Southern Living 1982, p. 63.
Organizations Benefited by Parsons’ Art & Effort: American Cancer Assoc.; THPDA;
American Heart Assoc.; Callahan Eye Foundation; Designers Against Breast Cancer; Susan G
Komen Breast Cancer F.; Arthritis Assoc.; AIDS Action Coalition; Easter Seals; Fire Fighters' Assoc.;
Red Cross; several Hospital Foundations; H’ville Botanical Gardens; H’ville Historic Foundation;
Saturn V & Space Camp Reunions, U.S. Space & Rocket Center.; United Cerebral Palsy.
Formal Portraits: Pope John Paul II / John Cardinal O'Connor / Senator Howell Heflin / First Lady
Hilary Clinton & daughter Chelsea / Coach Gene Stallings & son John Mark / General Howell H.
Howze / General William Bunker / Grandmaster Yong Ju Lee
Organizations/Affiliations: Watercolor Society Alabama / Delta Delta Delta /
Junior League of Huntsville / Symphony Guild, Huntsville / Huntsville Art League /
Women’s Guild Huntsville Museum of Art / Magna Charta Dames & Barons
Honors: Legion of Honor, Chapel of the Four Chaplains, Philadelphia, PA
Special Consultant of United Nations' NGO Internat. Assoc. Educators for World Peace
2000 Arts Alive Award, Children's Hands-On Museum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Distinctions: Who's Who in American Art 2912, 2011, 2010, 1977
Nat’l League of American Pen Women / Black Belt: Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan