Cynthia Bickley-Green’s early work from the 1960s and 70s is associated with the Washington Color School. Her current compositions creatively explore the phosphene visual field that is generally below conscious perception. Her research suggests that these forms may serve as a source for imagery in many cultures around the world particularly Tantric art of India; aboriginal art of Australia; Native American art; and modern and contemporary art.
Bickley-Green holds a Doctor of Philosophy of Art with specialization in art education from the University of Georgia. Her dissertation entitled Afterimage in Painting explored the presence of afterimages in representational and abstract art. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities; The North Carolina Arts Council; the Eisenhower 1997-98 program in Mathematics and Science; the North Carolina Space Grant Consortium, and the BB &T Leadership Foundation. She has written more than a 115 art reviews and articles, and exhibited her artwork in more than 86 international, national, and regional shows.
Currently, she is Coordinator and Professor of Art Education at East Carolina University. Her book Art Elements: Biological, Global, and Interdisciplinary Foundations (2011) was published by Kendall Hunt. She participated in the Art in the Embassies Program in 1987.
Her one person exhibitions have been displayed at the Margot Stein Gallery, Lake Worth, Florida; Arts Club of Washington, Washington, DC; Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, NC; the Art Gallery at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA; Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, GA; Capital Centre Gallery, Largo, MD; Henri Gallery, Washington, DC; the Corcoran Gallery of Art; and St. John's College, Annapolis, MD.
She has participated in international group exhibitions at the Shiwory Gallery, Kurashiki, Japan; Metamatic Research Initiative Communal Human Interference Project (Luna Maurer) site hip.metamaticresearch.info; A.I.R.; traveling exhibitions in Erkelenzer, Bergheim, Köln, and Hürth Germany; and Cortona, Italy.
Her work has been included in national group exhibitions at Elliott University Center Gallery, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, NC; Ventana 244, New York; the National Art Education Association Women’s Caucus On-line Exhibitions; the United States Society for Education through Art Exhibition in Fort Worth, TX; and the Katzen Gallery American University.