Northeastern Nevada Featured Artist

Cynthia Delaney

Cynthia Delaney was raised in Winnemucca, Nevada, and attended the University of Alabama where she received a degree in humanities. She graduated from the highly respected New England School of Photography in 1992. In 2008 she received a master’s deree in documentary photography at Lesley University. Cynthia developed her passion for western lifestyle and a visual sense of place by riding horseback through the desert, camera in hand.

The artist held a position as adjunct instructor at Great Basin College for 17 years where she taught photography and art courses. She has also taught a variety of youth workshops. Her ultimate goal would be to open a local center for Photographic Arts in the Elko community.

Numerous publications have highlighted Cynthia’s imagery. She has exhibited in Iceland, Massachusetts and Nevada. She has been awarded grants from Nevada Arts Council and the NES Artist Residency. The Nevada Press Association has presented her with a number of awards. 

Cynthia has led photographic workshops and international travel programs to Asia, Central America and Europe. She travels widely, capturing the ever-changing world around her. 

Cynthia Delaney is author and photographer of “Nevada Photographer: A Guide to the Rural Regions,” available at, Duncan LittleCreek Gallery, and the Western Folklife Center. Cynthia has been a member of the City of Elko Arts and Culture Board for several years. She enjoys promoting and assisting artistic endeavors in her community. Cynthia currently works for Elko Daily Free Press as a photographer and writer. She is also available for freelance assignments.

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