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20 Under 20: Cynthia Curates Exhibit for WWF

Posted: 1/10/2019

This past summer, Cynthia Liao held an art exhibit entitled “To Seek” in her hometown Shenzhen, China to support the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). With the help of her friend Christina, who lives in Boston, the two curated the exhibit with their own work, paintings and photographs with themes of nature and wildlife. By selling prints on postcards and bookmarks, Cynthia raised $1,000 for WWF.

The idea for an art exhibit to support WWF stemmed from her frequent visits to the Atlanta zoo, a place she feels is “personally important to [her] for inspiration.” She’s gone to the zoo with her art class and on her own to take pictures of the animals, to then study the photos and paint the animals. She wanted to give back to the nature and animals that are essential to her art.

Also this past summer, Cynthia interned in Beijing with the China Architecture Design and Research group to create a design guideline for the Beijing waterfront, taking into consideration the surrounding ecosystems and communities. She also attended a summer program at Cornell called Making a Difference through Design, a three-week program where she visited hospitals and assisted living facilities to analyze their operating systems in a design thinking lens. In her final project, she created a design for a shower spa for those who cannot shower by themselves.

Cynthia wants to pursue a career in City Planning or Landscape Architecture.