Born in New York City, New York
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 2006-2008
Columbia University, NYC, M.F.A., 1997
Glassell School of Art, Houston, 1990
University of Texas, Austin, B.F.A., 1989
Cressandra Thibodeaux has been published as a photojournalist in: LA Weekly, Houston Chronicle, Stance magazine, Creative Screenwriting magazine and Back Stage West. Her short stories have been published in Analecta Literary and Arts Journal.
Born in New York City, Cressandra Thibodeaux moved to Houston in 1981 and attended the High School for Performing and Visual Arts, majoring in dance. She toured with Texas Ballet and received a full-scholarship to attend the University of Texas, where she received a B.F.A. with a major in English, minor in dance. In 1997, Ms. Thibodeaux received her M.F.A. from Columbia University’s film program. Since then she has directed several award-winning commercials, a few short films, documentaries and one feature film, (which played at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin in 2011). Moreover, Thibodeaux has received numerous awards and grants for her writing, one of the grants being a Rockefeller Travel Grant to attend the McDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Presently, Thibodeaux is the Executive Director of 14 Pews Art House, located in Houston, Texas. In addition, she is directing a TV pilot titled, “Houston Art,” which highlights Houston artists and during her free time Thibodeaux teaches screenwriting.
Thibodeaux's exposure to art began at an early age when she was accepted into the Hunter College Elementary School for Gifted Children and had her first group show at age four. Since then she has developed three artistic passions: dance, music and visual arts. In the 90s, she enjoyed shooting portraits and nature. However, most recently, her photographs have become more abstract images inspired by nature and motion. With a background as a filmmaker, Thibodeaux's fine art practice are consumed with the effects of light and motion. In 2010, her series OIL ON WATER was accepted into a satellite art show at Art Basel in Basel Switzerland. The mixed media series was comprised of a combination of appropriated images of the BP oil spills, manipulated in Photoshop and printed on canvas. Afterwards, Thibodeaux painted on the canvas, poured resin over the images, then placed a photo transparency on top and then finished with more coats of resin. She continues to work with resin and is presently working on a series on the Buffalo Bayou.