The practice of visual artist, furniture designer and art consultant Cheryl R. Riley focuses on artists from the black African diaspora. “My art explores similarities between seemingly different cultures viewed through the lens of gender, history, rituals, devices and symbols. Two sculpture projects have occupied me in the last three years that deal with social structures, nutrition, representation, striving and transcendence, ”she shared. For the past 30 years Cheryl has created wall art, installations, site-specific public artwork, custom and licensed lighting and furniture designs. She has exhibited in over 60 group and solo shows in the United States, and her work is in the collections of two Smithsonian museums, SFMoMA, the Oakland Museum, and the Mint Museum of Craft & Design. She is a member of The Black Artists and Designers Guild (BADG) and serves on the boards of museums and nonprofits to help program them. Your list of artist residencies is long. There is no doubt that Cheryl has many awards and achievements, and the fact that she deserves them in the name of knowledge makes her even more inspiring.
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