Faculty/Staff Profiles

Cynthia RobertsCynthia Roberts, Associate Professor
School of Visual and Performing Arts

Email: croberts@endicott.edu
Phone: 978-232-2295
Office Location: Center for the Arts
Office Number: 307


2D Foundations of Design, Typography I, Typography II, Information Design, Drawing + Comp I,  Painting I, Painting II, Foundation Seminar [interdisciplinary fine arts course for first-year BFA candidates] 

  • Foundations of Design: Fundamental principles of 2-dimensional design
  • Drawing + Composition: Basic drawing skills, visual awareness and development of drawing modes
  • Painting I + II: Painting course in acrylics; focus on observational painting including elements of color
    theory, portraiture, atmospheric and 1- and 2-point perspective, and more advanced techniques and methods
  • Foundation Seminar: Interdisciplinary
  • Typography I + II: Advanced study of the application, form and historical context of typographic development
  • Information Design: Focus on complex systems of user-centered information with an emphasis on conceptual
    and visual problem solving solutions. Areas of study will address the issues of conceptual design, research, content mapping, visual systems, usable systems, prototyping and user testing. Subjects of study include both print and interactive media
  • Portfolio for Fine Art: Professional portfolio development for Studio Art and Creative Art Therapy majors

Campus Involvement


Core/General Education Committee [college-wide] 2011-2012

Curriculum Committee [college-wide] 2007–2010

Search Committee: Fine Art Chair position 2010–2011

First Year Experience Committee [college-wide] 2006–2007

Visiting Artist Committee [School of Art + Design] 2006–2008

Visual Communications Advisory Board [School of Art + Design] 2006–2008

Search Committee: Visual Communications Chair position 2007–2008

Health & Safety Committee [college-wide] 2007–2008


Co-Faculty Advisor, Endicott Art Club, student run group designed to foster the personal and 2010–2012,  present

professional aspirations of young artists and creatives at Endicott 

Co-Faculty chaperone, January Alternative Break Africa Trip, student volunteer trip January 2012

preparation included weekly meetings throughout the semester prior; 3-week trip

volunteering daily on site at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa

Faculty Advisor, AIGA, the professional association for design, Endicott student group 2006-2010

founded student group of AIGA at Endicott; advised production of student-driven magazine

EnSight magazine was the first AIGA student group publication; a dedicated online site is currently in development 

Foundations Coordinator: organized monthly meetings; served as liaison for adjunct foundations 2007–2011 faculty; coordinated online BFA first-year student art supply kit; advanced curricular review 

Biographical Profile

Cynthia Roberts is a visual artist based whose primary interests are painting and drawing, as well as extended painting in the form of performance and video projection. Roberts is a 2012 laureate of the program Le Havre – New York // Regards Croisés, supported by the French Institute, the city of Le Havre, and the Triangle Arts Association. The award included a production grant, studio, and 3-month artist residency in the city of Le Havre, France. 

In December of 2012, Roberts’ work from the residency including The Diver, a performance featuring live digital painting and an innovative dance production with the French dance company La BaZooKa was premiered at the
André Malraux Museum of Modern Art. Recently on view was a series of paintings from the residency period: The Inhabitants/Les Inhabitants, tracing the identity of the city through mapping devices. 

Recent projects include a collaboration with the Monkeyhouse dance company in Cambridge, based on palindromic creations by Barry Duncan, with artistic director and choreographer Karen Krolak. Roberts was nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award at Endicott in 2012. She presented at the F.A.T.E. [Foundations in Art: Theory and Education] conference in April 2013 in two sessions: student portfolio development and exploration and risk-taking in foundations level student work. In January 2012 she was a co-faculty chaperone for a student trip to South Africa. 

Roberts holds an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and a BA from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Currently she is an Associate Professor of 2-D Studio Art at Endicott College. She was born and raised in New York. Her website is: www.cynthiaroberts.us. 


Grant Recipient: The French Institute with the City of Le Havre 2012in conjunction with a sabbatical leave from Endicott College


3-month artist in residence for the city of Le Havre, France

Nominee: Excellence in Teaching Award 2012

Endicott College, Beverly, MA

Conference Presentation: “Life Horizon: Interdisciplinary Intersections” 2011

SECAC, Savannah, GA

Conference Presentation/Roundtable Host: “NASAD: What I Will Have Learned” 2010

FATE Foundations in Art, Theory, and Education, St. Louis, MO

Community of Learners Grant: Art & War Symposium       2010

Received grant for developing a symposium featuring Visiting Artists who are both veterans as well as actively practicing visual artists. Included veterans of the Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam conflicts. Grant served to provide panel, presentations, break-out sessions with students, temporary exhibition of work, as well as a companion trip for 45 BFA students to the ICA, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston to view an exhibition by Krzysztof Wodiczko.

PAF Grant: Political Awareness Fund       2008, 2009

Received college president’s PAF grant to produce EnSight student design magazine, with a political awareness focus before & after the US Presidential elections.