Professor Knowles’ Services

Professor Cheryl Knowles
Bio, Artist’s Statement, and Abbreviated Teaching Philosophy
Downloadable PDF of Resume


I am a practicing, professional artist, and full-rank professor of the arts and visual communication. I provide fine art workshops in all media, demos, and lectures, but other visual arts services are gleaned from my vast experience as a college professor, gallery founder and director, cooperative member, workshop leader, and former instructional designer and technologist, and administrative department chair of an Arts and Humanities department.
I can also assist with:
~Consulting on classroom design
~Academic and personal enrichment curricular planning including inter-curricular design
~Fine arts planning and promotion including exhibition mapping and prospectus writing
~Community inclusion, gallery scheduling and planning in cooperative gallery environments
~Inclusion and equity in communal and cooperative art galleries and programs to support diverse learning styles and art making styles for adult learners
~Best portfolio practices for teens preparing for art college or a career in the arts
~Judging exhibitions (have judged countless exhibitions as a solo judge or part of a team for 30+ years)
~Review and advise for art publications (structure and content). Have worked for Pearson Higher Education, Oxford University Publishing, and McGraw-Hill including test-piloting online learning environments for accuracy, ease of navigation, and accessibility.

~Numerous awards in exhibition competitions over 35 years including positive critical reviews
~Christian and Mary Lindback Foundation Teaching Excellence Award
~Granted mid-career retrospective (over 100 works of art in diverse mediums) 2015, RRCA, Millville
~ Princeton Mid-Career Fellowship Award, McGraw Teaching and Learning Center, Princeton University
~Peer-review papers published (some awards or further published and adapted including annuals, white papers and journals) on teaching, learning, multi-modality learning and learning styles
~Numerous presentations in the US and Canada at academic conferences on teaching art at a distance effectively using technology and inter-curricular projects for higher-ed
~Assessment team leader and cooperative Middle States writer for 10-year re-accreditation
~Featured as higher-ed leader in developing materials for students who are sight and/or hearing impaired (Blackboard Ally Promotional Testimonials)


It is my pleasure to recommend Cheryl as a workshop presenter.  Our Salem County Art League had her do a “Sketching on the Go” workshop.  Cheryl was well prepared, interesting, and inspiring—especially for those of us who needed some coaching regarding the importance and “fun” of creating sketch books.  The reviews from the participants were top notch.  We will definitely be inviting her to do another workshop! — Mary Herz, President, Salem County Art League ( 856-678-3186)

Cheryl Knowles-Harrigan is a gifted and caring teacher. She sets realistic goals for her learners and provides them with the support and guidance to reach their potential. Professor Knowles is technologically savvy and able to effectively demonstrate creative processes so they are easy to follow and understand. This award-winning instructor has received regular kudos from students and colleagues alike. — Dr. Denise-Marie Coulter, Dean of Professional and Liberal Studies, Atlantic Cape Community College ( 609 343-4961)

Cheryl has presented a diverse set of workshops for our gifted teens and adults, some who have little experience. She has done workshops focusing on a variety of mediums. Cheryl communicates in a friendly manner while keeping the class on task and also provides post-class resources so the learning continues after the workshop is over. We have used her for community wide video-taped lessons for Senior Citizens during Covid. – – Diane Roberts, Executive Director, Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts ( 856-327-4500)

Cheryl’s workshops sold out and were in high demand with wait lists.  Everyone was very happy with them and with the instructor – they felt that they learned a lot!  – – Lynn Sullivan, Assistant to the Director, Ocean City Art Center, (, 609 399-7628)

Please contact me if you have any questions at or here on my Website contact page by clicking this link: Contact Cheryl.