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       Cindy Chinn: Artist, Carver, Muralist, Creator

About Me

Cindy Chinn - ArtistI am a full-time Artist and when I create artwork, I am reminded how lucky I am to have the freedom to do I as choose. That wasn't always the case in my fast paced world in a corporate art career. Living in Nebraska allows me to fulfill my goal of being a fine artist and having the space to explore my many interests.

I work in a lot of different mediums, but most of my time is spent working with carving tools. I might be carving a pencil lead while looking through a microscope and then work on a church pew the next day.

After seeing a few carved pencil leads online, I decided to try and make one to enter in a miniature show at a local gallery. I had a lot of fun with it and later in the year, an image of it went viral across the internet. I was soon swamped with inquiries and commissions and began forging a new path in my art career. I didn't set out to become "an internationally renowned pencil carver", but as they say, "if the shoe fits...".

I have always had a fondness for creating artwork from regular items and my pencil art is a reflection of that long held tradition. I also work in metal and have spent a lot of time creating artwork from common tools like saws and shovels.

I still keep my paint brushes nearby and have worked on several large murals in a variety of public spaces from hospitals to libraries and even a movie theatre.

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My Studio Space: Click to view larger

I love my studio: the former Chester School was built in 1907 and purchased by Art Whitton and myself in 2006. Moving from Las Vegas to Nebraska later that year.
There is a lot of history in this old building as well as square footage, 33,000+ of classroom space which I have turned into art studios, a full gym which we should use more often, on 3.5 acres that some would consider a full-time job. (Read an article - Aug 2015 - regarding re-purposing schools in Nebraska)

Mainly, it is "our home/office", though from time to time I have art workshops and hold special viewings of my larger canvas mural projects before they are shipped off to be installed.

Every Christmas we decorate the front of the school for the holidays and entertain the community and travelers from near and far with a Light and Sound Show of Christmas Lights timed to music. Visitors park out front and tune their radios into our FM transmission and watch the show. Each year this projects grows through donations from our supportive community.

My future plans for the school are to turn it into an Artist Retreat, where artists of all skill levels and disciplines can get away for a weekend or a week for private lessons and group classes, or to work on a special project on their own.

Special thanks to Art Whitton Photography for capturing my varied work through the lens. Almost all photos on this site were shot by Art.

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Wood Carving: Click to view larger


2019: Showed at Gallery 9's Silver Anniversar Alumni Show - July

2019: Showed at The Grove - A Gallery, Feb - May

2019: Completed large commission for Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix in France

2018: Featured on Top Woodcarving Blogs at

2018: Featured on for Art Blogs

2018: Exhibit at 'The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures' - pencil carvings

2017: Featured in the Fall issue of "Sparks" magazine.

2017: Nebraska State Fair - Awarded title of "All Nebraska Artist - Best 3D Artwork" (first 4 time recipient)

2017: Featured in the book "Creative Extremes", published in October

2017: Featured in July issue of Home Review magazine

2017: Featured in Dollhouse Miniature Magazine (Mar/Apr issue)

2017: Featured in Nebraska Life Magazine (Jan/Feb issue)

2016: One woman show at the Minden Opera House Art Gallery - Nov / Dec.

2016: Created a custom theatre chair for Bonham Theatre's Chair-ity Auction

2016: Rated #72 on a list of the top 100 Art Blogs -

2016: Featured on dozens of websites such as This is Colossal who were all promoting my pencil carving of an Elephant Family.

2016: Featured in Lionel Trains online magazine "Tracks" with my train related art.

2016: Featured in Woodcarving Illustrated (Winter-Spring 2016 issue) - View article

2015: Launched to promote my metal artwork.

2015: Featured on numerous websites such as Bored Panda as an image of my carved pencil went 'viral' online.

2015: Nebraska State Fair - Awarded title of "All Nebraska Artist - Best 3D Artwork" (first 3 time recipient)

2015: Prairie Winds Gallery, Grand Island - Two Honorable Mentions, 16th Annual National Miniature Show

2014: Commissioned to create 8'x10' mural for community movie theatre.

2014: Nebraska State Fair - Awarded title of "All Nebraska Artist - Best Fine Craft" (first 2 time recipient)

2014 Prairie Winds Gallery, Grand Island - Honorable Mention, 15th Annual National Miniature Show

2013: Commissioned to create 17' x 50' mural for Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk, VA - (Time lapse video)

2013: Commissioned to create a 4' x 8' mural for the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters in Las Vegas

2013: Lincoln Art Fair - Voted Top Nebraska Artist

2013: Nebraska State Fair - Awarded title of "All Nebraska Artist - Best Fine Art"
(3rd ever recipient)

2013: Only artist in the history of the Nebraska State Fair to win the best of show in all three categories (Best Fine Art, Best Fine Craft, Best 3D Art) - Photo

2013: Red Path Gallery, Seward, NE. - Featured Artist (December)

2013: New Earth Gallery, Fairbury, NE. - Featured Artist (September)

2013: Stage Coach Gallery, Fairbury, NE. - Featured Artist (August)

2013: Mead Street Gallery- Wichita, KS. - Featured Artist (July)

2013: Exhibited at Nebraska Governor's Mansion

2013: Lux Box (Custom Lunch Box for Charity)

2012: Tabitha Rocktober (Custom Rocking Chair for Charity)

2011: Falling In Love With Art, Beatrice, NE - Featured Artist (September)

2011: Gallery 9- Lincoln, NE. - Featured Artist (September)

2007: Commissioned to create a 4'x4' mural, a 4'x8' mural as well as 25' circular ceiling mural for a dentist's office in Charlotte, NC

2006: Built a custom Mini-Golf hole for Obstacle Art, Las Vegas

2004: Commissioned to create 5 large murals, 3D trees and other work at the Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas, NV



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