Cheryl Bookout

Gallery

Guardians

Mixed media installation on 12 interior and exterior doors

12" h x 24" w x 2" d (fish) and 12" h x 12" w x 2" d (nymph)

The Bait

Diptych with acrylic and ink on two wood panels

12" h x 24" w x 2" d (fish) and 12" h x 12" w x 2" d (nymph)

8" h x 10" w x 2" d

Menage

Acrylic and ink on wood panel

8" h x 10" w x 2" d

12" h x 12" w x 2" d

Night Flight

Acrylic and ink on canvas

12" h x 12" w x 2" d

6" h x 24" w x 2" d

Clairvoyants

Acrylic and ink on wood panel

6" h x 24" w x 2" d

Education

2008-10 Studies Copper Mountain College, Joshua Tree, CA
1977-79 Studies Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA

Artist Statement

I have seen art spark dialogue, forge connections to create social change and be so beautiful it stirs strong emotions. The first time I saw Anselm Kiefer’s work in the late 1980s at MOMA I cried, maybe because it was a rainy, moody day and I was lonely. Whatever the reason, at that moment in time, art was life-changing. If my work engages and evokes contemplation, then I am successful.

Bio

Cheryl Bookout was born in Laguna Beach, CA and has remained a resident of Southern California her entire life. She is a studio artist, independent curator, arts administrator and arts activist. Over the years, she has worked with the City of Santa Ana to establish what is now the Santa Ana Artists Village and has been instrumental in the development of the Pomona Arts Colony in downtown Pomona. She was the Founding Director of SCA Project Gallery and created the nonprofit identity for the American Museum of Ceramic Art.

In addition, she has facilitated numerous public art projects including “Envisioning the Future,” a two-year in development project with internationally renowned artist, Judy Chicago and nationally recognized photographer, Donald Woodman. She also worked with the Southern California Women's Caucus for Art as a curatorial consultant with Dextra Frankel to produce Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists , 1980-2006, a landmark exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park in 2007.

Her contribution to the arts was recorded in a video interview in 2007 and archived as part of The California Women Artist Project facilitated by Gloria Orenstein, Professor of Women in Literature and Art at USC. From 2011-12, she co-curated and co-produced the landmark exhibition and accompanying book Mysterious Objects: Portraits of Joan Quinn.

Currently, Bookout is working as Grants Manager and Public Engagement Director for A Window Between Worlds, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using art as a healing tool to empower and transform individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma.

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