Artist’s Bio and Statement


About Cheryl Knowles-Harrigan

Cheryl Knowles-Harrigan was educated at Philadelphia College of Art (illustration) and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (painting, printmaking). Her graduate degree is in Educational Technology (MAIT program) from Stockton University of NJ. She is a full rank Professor of Art at Atlantic Cape Community College where she teaches drawing, mixed media painting, classical drawing and painting techniques, printmaking, and General Education art courses for the non-major.  She also teaches Interpersonal Communication, Visual Communication, and co-teaches Planning the Early Childhood Curriculum. She has lectured on art history, art appreciation, and led hands-on workshops for teenagers and adults at numerous art and community centers. In 2009-2010, she received a Princeton Mid-Career Fellowship that allowed her to study the portrait and conceptual writing and art at Princeton while authoring an in-depth research paper that was published by Princeton University. She was the 2011 recipient of the Lindback Teaching Excellence Award and continues to educate with enthusiasm and energy.

Cheryl is in numerous private collections and has exhibited her work in many solo and group shows in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Her work can be seen at La Bottega of Art (Millville), Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts (RRCA), Nashville North Gallery (Linwood), and Ocean City Fine Arts League (Ocean City NJ). Cheryl is a resident of Milmay, NJ where she and her husband house their rescues  Bella Mellow Dugan (Hound Mix) and Cletus Oreo (Corgi, Border Collie Mix).  She is an Associate Artist at Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts where she has a studio (#3 and will meet by appointment) and has been a Signature Member of StrobeNJ (Visual Artists’ Collective of South Jersey) since its inception in 2019. Cheryl is also advisory to many Southern NJ boards, has been included in focus groups (PAFA, Blackboard Ally, and Middle States to name a few) for exploration of improvement of teaching, learning, and creating accessible resources for students with visual, kinesthetic, and auditory challenges. She teaches art workshops for adults through many regional organizations both in person and live-stream remote with multiple cameras. (A list of workshops can be found on this site.)

Artist’s Statement

“No matter the medium, the primary goal of my painting is to clearly communicate to the viewer beyond what is simply seen. When painting realistic subject matter, be it landscape, still life, or figure, I seek to find the nuances of a subject that evoke a sensation of a mood, time, and space. Even though my paintings are usually quiet, I hope they speak volumes to the viewer through their rich detail, light, and color thus capturing not only the likeness of the subject but more importantly its spirit at that moment in time.”