About Cynthia E. Shoemaker - Photography


Cynthia's passions are travel and photography.  She has been pursuing them her entire life. She got her first  camera at the post exchange in Athens, Greece when she was eight and has been traveling the world recording impressions ever since. Santa Fe Workshops with Raul Touzon, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute with Robert Renfrow are all experiences which have shaped her vision. Four years of figure drawing and painting at the Tucson Museum of Art with Susan Kay Johnson took her photography to a higher level.  More recently she spent three weeks with National Geographic Photograher Micheal Melford in Antarctica.

In addition, she volunteers in Licensing and Reproduction Rights at theCenter for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona. Her work has been on exhibit at Solar Culture and Blue Raven Gallery in Tucson. As an active member of Club Camera Tucson she has participated in competitons and organized photography field trips.  Her images are featured in the Local and  Heritage Foods Directory published by the Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance,  on web sites and in the Arizona Daily Star.  

Cynthia spent twenty years teaching in the border town in Nogales, ending her career there as a sucessful reading coach.  Since that time she has worked as a consultant with charter schools helping with school improvement and effective instruction.  In addition she has been a teacher consultant for the Arizona Geographic Alliance , an affiliate of the National Geographic Society by providing professional development for teachers in the field of geography and curriculum writing.. In the mid-1990s she was involved with creating a place based environmental education program for teachers and students , in partnership with Tumacacori National Historical Park, Arizona Project WET,  state and local agencies. Over a five year period this program impacted over 3,000 students, 50 educators, park docents, community health educators, university professors, state agency personnel, among others. She received a distinguished teaching award from the National Council for Geographic Education and was recognized by Nogales Unified School District school board, Arizona Superintendent of Public Schools, and the Arizona Association for Environmental Education.

She has served  as a board member of the Friends of the Santa Cruz River, the Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliancethe Tucson chapter of the National Space Society, and Club Camera Tucson..

For more images click on the link to Flickr at the bottom of the web site home page.