Fragile Vessels: Cheryl Derricotte and Nate Lewis

cheryl.derricotteFragile Vessels is an exhibit of work by Cheryl Derricotte and Nate Lewis. Derricotte’s work on glass and paper is shaped by home (or homelessness); natural beauty (or disasters), memories of happiness (or loss).  Both glass and paper are translucent and seemingly fragile, yet they are hearty enough to survive the passage of time between civilizations. Originally from Washington, DC, Derricotte lives and makes art in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds the Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), the Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University.  Awards include Emerging Artist at the Museum of the African Diaspora; Gardarev Center Fellow; Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass’ Visionary Scholarship and a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities/National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship Grant.

Lewis’ work is a visual reflection of the competing elements of genetics, the microbiological world, human intervention through medical care, and appeals to the divine which all have a stake in determining the outcome of patients in critical care units. He makes repetitive cellular cuts on paper that reveal these unseen competing elements, creating textures and movement that mirror the internal transformations of patients, their families, and himself. A self-taught artist, drawing inspiration from anatomy, physiology, disease processes and his nursing experience, he creates stunning, intricate sculptures out of  single sheets of paper that visually combine the aesthetics of drawing, sculpture, etching, embroidery, and textiles.

Cheryl Derricotte and Nate Lewis: Fragile Vessels

Julio Fine Arts Gallery, Loyola University Maryland
4501 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210

Thursday, November 10 – Sunday, December 11
Monday, Nov. 14, 7-8 p.m. Panel Discussion:The Fragility of Black Bodies and Why It Matters, panel discussion with the artists, Cheryl Derricotte and Nate Lewis, and featuring Kaye Whitehead & Matthew Mulcahy.
Tuesday, November 15, 5-7 p.m. Artists’ Reception and artists’ talk in the gallery

Cheryl Derricotte: 2016 Society for Contemporary Craft LEAP Award Finalist

leapBig Congrats out to Cheryl P Derricotte – one of the finalists in the 2016 Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC) LEAP awards! The LEAP Award was established in 2007 in honor of SCC Director of Exhibitions Kate Lydon’s 20-years of service. The program recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides opportunities for these early career artists to bring their artwork to the consumer market. 

Cheryl P Derricotte, "Tumeric" (2015) Glass, 5" x 7"

Cheryl P Derricotte, “Tumeric” (2015) Glass, 5″ x 7″

Cheryl’s work was selected as the finalist for “Glass” category- and will be featured in the SCC’s Pittsburgh Craft Store in June & July 2016. Click HERE to read about the 2016 winner and the other artist finalists.

Cheryl P. Derricotte was one of the Washington Glass School’s inaugural Artist-In-Resident program and currently lives and makes art in Oakland, CA.

Cheryl has gone on to many big things – her solo exhibit “Ghost/Ships” opens next week at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). In her exhibit, Cheryl pays homage to Fred Wilson’s Mining the Museum by “mining the library” (the British Library) for images related to the global slave trade.

Cheryl P Derricotte, "Slave Catching in the Indian Ocean", MoAD Museum

Cheryl P Derricotte, “Slave Catching in the Indian Ocean”, MoAD Museum

This show includes approximately 20 works that reveal images of people from African descent who come from diverse locales and were involved in the slave trade. Click HERE to jump to MoAD’s online description of her museum exhibit. The show runs Jan 27-April 3, 2016, with an opening reception Thurs eve Jan 28.

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Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission St (at 3rd), San Francisco, CA 94105

San Fancisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora Awards Cheryl Derricotte Emerging Artist Solo

Congratulations to Cheryl Derricotte – alum of Washington Glass School and recent recipient of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) “Visionary Scholarship” – San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) just announced her as one of the winner’s of the museum’s inaugural Emerging Artists Program. 

MoAD announced that the two winners, Tim Roseborough and Cheryl Derricotte will each have a solo exhibit in the museum. Cheryl Derricotte’s exhibit, Ghost/Ships, is scheduled to be on view Jan. 27–April 3, 2016.

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Said Cheryl about her upoming museum solo show at MoAD:  “In 2013, the British Library released 1 million images into the public domain and I was immediately intrigued. I had recently made a cast glass boat with an ephemeral quality. When I began searching the library for images related to “ghost ships,” images of slavery came up. And so began the roots of this show 2 years ago.”

This show will include approximately 20 works that reveal images of people from African descent who come from diverse locales and were involved in the trade as will as images of ships, oceans and botanical illustrations of cotton, which was a central crop to the institution of slavery and the basis of much of the early craft art. “I am really excited to have the opportunity to develop this work in to a solo show for the Museum of the African Diaspora” said Cheryl.

cheryl.derricotte.Sham MissionaryOriginally from Washington DC, Cheryl Derricotte is a visual storyteller who currently resides in Oakland, Calif. She holds a master of fine arts from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and has been awarded Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass’ Inaugural Visionary Scholarship and a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities /National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship Grant. She’s exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Airport Museum.

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Ghost/Ships opens Nov. 11, 2015  thru April 3, 2016.

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Museum of the African Diaspora

685 Mission Street (at Third)

San Francisco, California 94105

AACG Awards Cheryl Derricotte “Visionary Scholarship”

Artist/Author Cheryl Derricotte awarded AACG Visionary scholarship.

Artist/Author Cheryl Derricotte awarded AACG Visionary scholarship.

The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) awarded Cheryl Patrice Derricotte the AACG Visionary scholarship to Penland School of Crafts. Cheryl is from Washington, DC, and was one of the Washington Glass School’s inaugural Artist-In-Resident program participants.

Cheryl  Derricotte, La Negresse, 2014, glass

Cheryl Derricotte, La Negresse, 2014, glass

Cheryl holds the Master of Fine Arts, (MFA), from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) (2015), a Master of Regional Planning (MRP) from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Cornell University (1989) and a BA in Urban Affairs from Barnard College, Columbia University (1987).Cheryl recently completed a Master of Fine Arts at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and lives in Oakland, CA.

Cheryl Derricotte, "Oil and Water" 2014, glass

Cheryl Derricotte, “Oil and Water” 2014, glass

Cheryl also writes nonfiction and is the author of the book Being the Grown-Up, Taking Care of Someone with a Terminal Illness. Her next book is about managing life changes and is scheduled to come out in the next year or two.

Cheryl P Derricotte “Modern Homes”

cherl.p.derricotte.jpgCheryl Patrice Derricotte is a native of Washington, DC who currently lives and makes art in Oakland, CA. One of the Washington Glass School’s inaugural Artist-In-Resident program, she has gone on to big things – she just completed a Master of Fine Arts at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)! Cheryl s a sculptor and her primary medium is glass. Her sculptural work has been exhibited widely; her shows include  “HOME,” a joint exhibition of the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) and the Vietnamese Arts and Letters Association (VAALA).  Derricotte received an Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass Scholarship (2015), a Creative Capacity Fund grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation (2014) and she was the recipient of a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities/National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship grant (2005).

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About Cheryl Derricotte’s “Modern Homes”:

Modern Homes is a visual commentary on escalating housing costs and the changing concept of home, using the Sears, Roebuck & Company as a lens.

Said Cheryl of her project: ” I live in an apartment in a converted Sears department store.  The entryway includes a photo of a well-dressed woman looking into the store window in 1929. In Modern Homes, I am looking at what Sears a century ago can tell us about the concept of home today.” Cheryl’s MFA exhibit was on display at the CIIS from April 25-May 10.

Throughout its history, Sears has had a complex relationship to the American Dream.  Beginning in the 19th century, it was the trusted to source to buy products for the home. Yet, the building materials division was not profitable. To remedy this situation, Sears created and ran the Modern Homes program, a mail-order service for houses. Sears also offered easy financing for homes. Mortgages typically were 5-15 years at 6%. Modern Homes, depicts a forgotten slice of Americana. This work reflects the fleeting nature of value in a US economy prone to bubbles and bursts.

The American relationship to the concept of home in the 21st century is a recurring theme in her art.

Congratulations Cheryl!

Learn more about this talented artist that keeps moving onward and upward - Visit Cheryl’s website – click HERE.

WGS Artist Cheryl P Derricotte @ HOME in CA.

Artist Cheryl Patrice Derricotte‘s new mixed media works are part of two venue exhibit “HOME” –  at California’s Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA), and Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) – open thru July 26, 2014. The exhibit delves into the deeper meanings of the word “HOME” – how it resonates on cultural, emotional, intellectual, religious, philosophical, political and spiritual levels—as a place, a space, a myth, a source of identity, a promised land, a state of being, a war zone, an impossibility, and/or an inalienable right.

Artist Cheryl Derricotte  at the OCCCA opening with her artwork "We Buy Houses,"  handmade paper, ink (2013

Artist Cheryl Derricotte at the OCCCA opening with her artwork “We Buy Houses,” handmade paper, ink

One of the Washington Glass School’s studio artists, Cheryl had moved to California’s Bay Area a few years ago, and became integrated into the West Coast arts scene – and her sculptural work in glass and other media has been exhibited widely  Most recently, in addition to “HOME ,” at the OCCCA, her work was included in the 18th annual “The Art of Living Black” at the Richmond (CA) ArtCenter.  Her work has been a juried inclusion in the “Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef” at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (2010-2011); “24th Tallahassee Invitational (2009)” and “Terrestrial Forces (2004)”, both at the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts; “Contemporary Glass (2005-2006)” at the San Francisco Airport Museum and Zenith Gallery Presents “Washington Glass (2007).” In 2005, Cheryl was the recipient of a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities/National Endowment for the Arts “Artist Fellowship” grant.

Said Cheryl of her new works in the exhibit: “Identities shaped by home (or homelessness); natural beauty (or disasters), memories of happiness (or loss) inspire my artwork. Observations of current events, politics and urban landscapes are my entry into these issues and the resulting works on glass and paper.”

Cheryl is one of the few artists that has work in both venues – if you are out in Sunny CA – make a point to stop in! Congratulations Cheryl!

“HOME”

July 5 – 26th, 2014


Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA):
117 N. Sycamore, Santa Ana, CA, 92701
www.occca.org • info.occca@gmail.com


Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA):
1600 N. Broadway, Suite 210, Santa Ana, CA., 92706
www.vaala.org

or contact Cheryl direct:

Cheryl Patrice Derricotte

www.cityglassworks.com

Cheryl@cityglassworks.com

Working It!

>Cheryl Derricotte – a celebrity studio artist from the Washington Glass School’s early days is the new executive director of Prince Georges County’s Gateway Community Development Corporation. Her artwork includes narrative glass and mixed-media sculptures focused on contemporary issues and politics. Whether jewelry or cast glass sculpture, Cheryl’s work always incorporates a strong statement.

Check out her website here