Cindy Konits (b. 1954) is an American artist based in Baltimore Maryland and NYC. Her practice is lens based, encompassing a wide range of media to explore family history, memory, and identity. Her first experiments with photography became the solo museum exhibitions “The Best Woman for the Job” and “Now I See Kiev in My Dreams” with NEA and NEH grants to the exhibiting institutions respectively. Konits’ documentary short “The Way I See It” about her cousin who was Albert Einstein’s ophthalmologist, screened in 19 film festivals worldwide and was nominated Best Documentary Short. Her interactive work on CD-ROM “The I for Pleasure”, was curated for exhibition at The Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, and censored days before the show opening. In response to this and coincidental censorship at another prominent Baltimore art institution, Konits created the video “The Veil of Intent”, screened at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Konits won first prize in The Photo Review Competition 2021, and second prize in The Photo Review in 2022. She has won numerous Julia Cameron and Pollux awards, Honorable Mention at ‘Fresh’, Klompching Gallery, and exhibited in The Exhibition Lab, Foley Gallery, NYC. Her work appeared in “In the In-Between”, “Enimazine” and “F-Stop” online and in Shots Magazine, Photonostrum Magazine, and Creative Quarterly Journal of Art and Design.
She won a full merit scholarship to the Maryland Institute College of Art, then became adjunct assistant professor for photography and video art at Stevenson University, Baltimore. She designed the Digital Photography curriculum there at Stevenson University.
Konits researched and designed a cybersecurity awareness installation “Digital Intimacy” with the White House Office of Management and Budget IT Manager and with support of the DARPA Cybersecurity Program Manager. Konits also developed an online realtime collaborative family video editing project “Bits of Us” involving a new technology for the web. Fundraising for these projects remains in hiatus.
Cindy is represented by Commotion Virtual Salon, Vancouver BC.
Media technologies speak their own language, teaching me about myself and the world. —Cindy Konits