Artist’s Bio and Statement

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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 from Stockton University of NJ. She is a Full 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 and Visual Communication. 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 while authoring an in-depth research paper that was published by Princeton University. She was the 2011 recipient of the Lindback Teaching Excellence Award.

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), Nashville North Gallery (Linwood), Ocean City Fine Arts League (Ocean City NJ) and Great Bay Gallery (Somers Point). Cheryl is a resident of Milmay, NJ where she lives with her husband John and their dog Bella Mellow Dugan. She is an Associate Artist at Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts where she has a studio and teaches workshops and a Signature Member of StrobeNJ (Visual Artists’ Collective of South Jersey).

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.”