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.





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.


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.


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






Museum of the African Diaspora

685 Mission Street (at Third)

San Francisco, California 94105