|Annette Cyr is an award-winning painter and filmmaker, who combines a strong visual point of view with compelling storytelling. Cyr holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from Yale University and an MFA in Digital Filmmaking from National University, Los Angeles, CA.
Cyr's paintings have been supported by grants from Yale University, the Skowhegan School, National Endowment for the Arts, Art Matters, Inc., New York State Cultural Affairs, National University, Brooklyn Arts Council and by fellowships from art colonies: Yaddo, MacDowell, and others. Cyr grew up in Southern California, spent a year of studies in Italy and one in Paris, France (La Sorbonne, Censier & Cinemateque). The years in Europe gave her direct contact with the grand tradition of European painting with which she has been mischievously working ever since.
As both an accomplished painter and filmmaker, Cyr passionately believes in balancing out the solitude of painting with the camaraderie of filmmaking. Cyr's paintings and films explore the lives of women over time. In this way, both her paintings and films comprise her ongoing Women in Predicaments series.
Cyr's films screen nationally and internationally. Most recently, Blindness, a narrative short, was in the Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner, purchased by Hewes Pictures, Inc., aired on Direct TV, and is available on Amazon (US and UK) and Vimeo on demand worldwide.
Evangeline, inspired by Longfellow's poem, addresses deportation, screened in California (with the score performed live in several venues), in Vermont and in Canada.
The New Look, a comedy short, was an official selection in Impossible, Skowhegan Alliance, New York, NY; in Flicks on the Bricks festival, Athenaeum, La Jolla, CA and Shorts Festival, at the Escondido Municipal Art Museum, Escondido, CA.
Cyr divides her time between New York and San Diego, where Cyr is Lead Faculty, Art & Music at National University. She is the founding Director of 214a Gallery + Project Space in San Diego and develops successful online studio art and art history courses. Currently, Cyr is developing her Women in Predicaments PROJECT of monumental paintings and projections, as well as related film projects.