ARTIST'S STATEMENT

My work is a homage to nature’s strength, beauty and diversity.  I emulate natural aging processes by building up and wearing away paint and plaster on hollow wooden panels.  Anything from dragonfly wings to prairie grasses are embedded at various points of the process.  The symbolic implications of the methods and materials are as important as the imagery. 

I enjoy balancing a wide variety of techniques; pouring a river of ink, creating a photo silkscreen of the night sky, or carving a frog skeleton into a linoleum block.  I can spend the morning putting in a loose painterly wash of sky, then spend the afternoon rendering an intricate spider’s web in pen and ink.  I carefully collect and press botanical specimens, batik on relevant quotes or song lyrics, and construct small wooden niches to house fragile natural finds like a quail’s egg or a butterfly.  I enjoy finding the perfect process for whatever the situation calls for.

In the studio I am always striving for equilibrium between spontaneity and deliberation.  My hope is that the resulting work is a sensuous surface that reflects the process and balances the natural with the manmade.

BIO

I grew up in the country, collecting moss, bugs, leaves, and to my mother’s chagrin, snakes and salamanders.  My rural upbringing had a big influence on my aesthetic sensibility and my artwork.  

I taught after getting an undergraduate degree in Art Education, then again after obtaining an M.F.A.  I enjoyed it, but slowly became a full-time artist as interest in my work grew.  My work can now be viewed in art galleries, the occasional fair or festival, my studio, and through art consultants.

My goal is to constantly grow in and through my art.  I'd like to inspire, in others, the same love of nature that I experience myself, thus promoting the recognition that we are inseparable from this earth we live in.

My work has received national recognition, been shown in museums, and purchased by art collectors, corporations, and hospitals.  My greatest reward by far, however, is loading my dogs into the truck and heading to my studio!

 

CHERYL HOLZ

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts, May 1995

Bachelor of Science in Art Education, Cum Laude, Type 10 Certification, May 1988

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

California State University Northridge, California, 1991-92   Major:  Drawing and Painting

 

SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2013    LANE + PEPA ARCHITECTS, Aurora, IL

            Natural Patterns, Solo Exhibition

            ZIA GALLERY,  Winnetka, IL

            750 Group Exhibiton

            A GALLERY of NATURE, Wasco, IL

            Solo Exhibition

2012    BOURBON STREET GALLERY, St. Charles IL

            Solo Exhibition

            MORTON ARBORETUM, Lisle, IL

            Artists Take Root Series

2010    NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE, Naperville IL

            Solo Exhibition

            SUNDAY AFTERNOON GALLERY, Winnetka, IL

            Solo Exhibition

            AMERICA’S HISTORIC ROUNDHOUSE, Aurora, IL      

            Solo Exhibition

2009    KAREN SOLEM GALLERY, Elmhurst, IL

            Nature’s Way

            ROCKFORD COLLEGE ART GALLERY, Rockford, IL

            Under His Guidance: Mazanowski’s MFA’s

            PARAMOUNT THEATER ART GALLERY, Aurora, IL

            Solo Exhibition

            MORTON ARBORETUM, Lisle, IL

            Artists Take Root Series

            DOWNERS GROVE LIBRARY, Downers Grove, IL

            Solo Exhibition

            BLACK WALNUT GALLERY, Chicago, IL

            Autumnal Assimilation

2008    THE FINE LINE ART CENTER, St. Charles, IL

            Solo Exhibition

2007    SIERRA CLUB, Chicago, IL

            Inspiring Change

            A.R.C. GALLERY, Chicago, IL

            8x8 Open

            PARAMOUNT THEATER ART GALLERY, Aurora, IL

            Solo Exhibition

            DELLORA A. NORRIS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, St. Charles, IL

            Gallery 44: Artists on the Fox

2006    ATRON REGEN ART, Champaign, IL

            Carpe Diem, Solo Exhibition

            MORTON ARBORETUM, Lisle, IL 

            Portfolia: Juried Exhibition of Fine Art Inspired by Nature

            VERDE GALLERY, Champaign, IL

            Reflections: Traces of Nature Group Exhibition

2005    ART InFUSION, Minneapolis, MN

             Solo Exhibition

            DELLORA A. NORRIS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, St. Charles, IL

            St. Charles Art and Music Festival - FEATURED ARTIST

            HENRICKSONS CORPORATE SHOWROOM, Minneapolis, MN

            Solo Exhibition

2004    AURORA PUBLIC ART COMMISSION, Aurora, IL

            Earthforms Invitational

            EDWARDS HOSPITAL

            Healing Arts Program

            GALLERY at LANE ALLEN ARCHITECTS, Batavia, IL

            Solo Exhibition

            CEDARHURST CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Mount Vernon, IL

            PEORIA ART GUILD, Peoria, IL

            Encore! New Works by the Illinois Millennium Artists

            AURORA PUBLIC ART COMMISSION, Aurora, IL

            Images of Animals

2003    MODERN PRIMITIVE GALLERY, Atlanta, GA

            Group Exhibition

            DOWNERS GROVE LIBRARY, Downers Grove, IL

            Solo Exhibition

            RAGDALE AUCTION BENEFIT, Lake Forest, IL

            Featured Artist

            ANATOMICALLY CORRECT, Chicago, IL

            Solo Exhibition at the Apollo Theater

            CHICAGO ARTISTS COALITION, Chicago, IL

            Chicago Art Open

2003    NORRIS CULTURAL CENTER, St. Charles, IL

            Fall Invitational

            ART FX, Rock Island, IL

            Featured Artist

2002    ELMHURST ART MUSEUM, Elmhurst, IL

            Dialogue

            FERMILAB ART GALLERY, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL

            Solo Exhibition

            OLCOTT ART GALLERY, Theosophical Society, Wheaton, IL

            Solo Exhibition

            LANE ALLEN ARCHITECTS GALLERY, Batavia, IL

            Scribbles: Art & Text

2001    UNION LEAGUE CLUB OF CHICAGO, Chicago, IL

            Solo Exhibition

            ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM, Springfield, IL

            ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM, Rockford, IL

            QUINCY ART MUSEUM, Quincy, IL

            Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium

2000    LAKEVIEW MUSEUM, Peoria, IL

            PARKLAND ART GALLERY, Champaign, IL

            SOUTHERN ILLINOIS ART GALLERY, Rend Lake, IL

            ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY, Normal, Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium

            GWENDA JAY/ADDINGTON GALLERY, Chicago, IL

            End of the Rainbow: The Ragdale Experience

            OLD COURT HOUSE ARTS CENTER, Woodstock, IL

            Women’s Works 2000

            FERMI LAB ART GALLERY, Batavia, IL  

            Artistic Fusion 2000 - JURORS AWARD

            UNION STREET GALLERY, Chicago Heights, IL

            “5” Fifth Anniversary Invitational

            THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL, Pittsburgh, PA 

            Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Visual Arts Exhibition 

            JURORS AWARD

1999    NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS, Washington, D.C.

            ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM ART GALLERY, CHICAGO, IL

            Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium

            AURORA UNIVERSITY, Aurora, IL

1998    BRICKTON GALLERY & ART CENTER, Park Ridge, IL

            Solo Exhibition - Mixed Media

            AURORA PUBLIC ART COMMISSION, Aurora, IL

            Invitational Exhibit '98

            AURORA UNIVERSITY, Aurora, IL

1998    1998 Aurora Area Invitational Art Exhibition

            WOMEN’S WORKS 11TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION, Woodstock, IL

            Old Courthouse Arts Center

1997    DAVENPORT MUSEUM OF ART, Davenport, IL

            Bi-State Competitive Art Exhibition

            DELLORA A. NORRIS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, St. Charles, IL

            St. Charles Art and Music Festival

            OLD COURTHOUSE ARTS CENTER, Woodstock, IL

            Women’s Works 10th Annual Exhibition - Judges Award

            NORTHERN TRUST, Chicago, IL

            Nature’s Design - Solo Exhibition

            DeKALB AREA WOMEN’S CENTER, DeKalb, IL              

            Nature’s Design - Solo Exhibition

            WOMAN MADE GALLERY, Chicago, IL

            On the Horizon

1995    HUGH N. RONALD MEMORIAL GALLERY, Center for the Arts, Portland, IN

            Harvest Biennial         

            NORTH LAKESIDE CULTURAL CENTER, Chicago, IL

            Wood, Fiber & Clay: Inner Revelations Expressed through the Tactile

            ANDERSON ARTS CENTER, Kenosha, WI

            Wisconsin Women in the Arts 22nd Anniversary National Juried Exhibit     

            BURLINGTON AREA ARTS COUNCIL, Burlington, WI

            Potter’s Field

            OLD COURTHOUSE ARTS CENTER, Woodstock, IL

            Women’s Works 8th Annual Exhibition - Artistic Merit Award

            DEL MAR COLLEGE, Corpus Christi, TX

            29th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show

            GRUEN GALLERY, Chicago, IL

            Art Encounter Annual Auction

            FACCACIAS, Elgin, IL

            Bubotto Fine Art Salon          

            WRIGHT MUSEUM OF ART, Beloit College, Beloit, WI

            38th Annual Wright Museum of Art Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition  

            GALLERY 200, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, DeKalb, IL

            Annual Ars Nova Show

            GRADUATE GALLERY, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, DeKalb, IL

            Next Genderation: Women Graduate Teaching Assistants

             McCORMICK PLACE, Chicago, IL

            Chicago Gift Show, Illinois Artisans Program           

1994    GRADUATE GALLERY, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, DeKalb, IL

            Coveted Spaces: The Natural and the Rational

            One-person show in fulfillment of Masters of Fine Art Degree

            GALLERY 200, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, DeKalb, IL

            Annual Ars Nova Show

1994    CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART, Pittsburgh, PA

            Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Visual Arts Exhibition - Purchase Award

1993    DELLORA A. NORRIS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, St. Charles, IL          

            Norris Vicinity 1993              

 

HONORS/AWARDS

2012    Grafix Artwork Award

            Top Ten Seller, Art in the Barn

2011    Best of Acrylic, Art in the Barn          

2009    Ragdale Residency

2008    I-Park Artists Residency

2006    Award for Excellence, Geneva Fine Art Fair

            Purchase Award, Art in the Barn

2005    Norris Cultural Center Commission for the St. Charles Art & Music Festival

            Invited Artist - I-Park

            Thanatopolis Memorial Park Commission

            First Place Art in Your Eye

            Best of Show, Arts in Riverwoods

            Best of Medium, Art in the Barn

2004    I-Park Artists Residency

            Finalist, 21st Annual Artists Magazine Art Competition

            Best of Medium - Art in the Barn

            American Art Collectors Publication

2003    Ragdale Foundation Residency

            Best of Show and Medium - Art in the Barn

            Finalist Award - Uptown Art Fair

            Second Place - Prairie Arts Festival

2002    PaintingsDirect.com Best Selling Artist

2002    Ragdale Foundation Residency

2001    Ragdale Foundation Residency

2000    Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Visual Arts Exhibition  - JURORS AWARD

2000    Artistic Fusion 2000 - JURORS AWARD

            Ragdale Foundation Residency

1999    Ragdale Foundation Residency

1998    Illinois Arts Council Arts-in Education Grant

1997    Illinois Arts Council Arts-in Education Grant

            WOMEN’S WORKS 10TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION - JUDGES AWARD

1996    Vermont Studio Center Fellowship

            Work included in book "In Three Dimensions: Women Sculptors of the '90s"

1995    Illinois Arts Council Artists Roster    

            WOMEN’S WORKS 8TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION - ARTISTIC MERIT AWARD

1994    Northern Illinois University Alumni Association Scholarship

            THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL JURIED VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION - PURCHASE AWARD

1993    Full Time Graduate Assistantship - School of Art        

            Illustration nominated for Independent Film Record Label Industries CD Cover of the Year

1988    Northern Illinois University Canon Award for Outstanding Art Education Graduate

1987    Northern Illinois Academic Scholarship

1987    Illinois Art Education Association Scholarship

1983    Illinois State University School of Art Elizabeth Stein Award

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Sister of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA

Deloitte Corporate Collection

St. James Hospital

Sloan Valve Company

Carlson Corporation

Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center

Good Shepherd Hospital

Good Samaritan Hospital

OSF St. Francis Medical Center

Fountaindale Library

 

AGENTS/ GALLERIES/ REPRESENTATIVES

2009    HEALTH ENVIRONMENT SERVICES, Arlington Heights, IL

2007    CORPORATE ARTWORKS, Schaumburg, IL

2006    LONGBRANCH GALLERY, Mineral Point, WI

            DAVIS-MOYE & ASSOCIATES, Atlanta, GA

2005    ARTS RESOURCE GALLERY, St. Paul, MN

            ART ADVISORY, Chicago, IL 

            L'ARTISTE 2, Naperville, IL

2004    VISUAL ARTS, Minneapolis, MN

            ART InFUSION, Minneapolis, MN

2003    EDGEWOOD ORCHARD GALLERIES, Door County, WI

            ART FX, Rock Island, IL

            TAMARACK GALLERIES, Stillwater, MN

            ART OPTIONS, Minneapolis, MN

2002    MODERN PRIMITIVE, Atlanta, GA

2001    ASTRA GALLERY, Richmond, VA   

            20 NORTH GALLERY, Toledo, OH

2001    WINN DEVON FINE ART PUBLISHERS, Seattle, WA

            OPENING NIGHT GALLERY, Minneapolis, MN

2001    ANAMART GALLERY, Naperville, IL

            ART GARDEN, Lake Forest, IL

2000    GWENDA JAY ADDINGTON GALLERY, Chicago, IL

            PAINTINGSDIRECT.COM, On-line gallery

            ART HOLDINGS, Golden Valley, MN

1998    GALLERY FUNCTION ART, New Pontiac, MI

            EURO GALLERY, Minneapolis, MN

1997    INTERIORS MARKETPLACE, Asheville, NC

1995    SOUTH BEND REGIONAL MUSEUM OF ART, Sales & Leasing Program, South Bend, IN

            NORTHWEST CULTURAL COUNCIL, Corporate Gallery Program, Barrington, IL

1993    SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MARKETPLACE, Whittington, IL

1991    ILLINOIS ARTISANS PROGRAM, Chicago, IL     

            CALYPSO ART GALLERY, Seattle, WA      

            THE WORX GALLERY, Venice, CA                                                                                    

            THE WORKING HANDS GALLERY, North Royalton, OH

 

PUBLICATIONS

2014     ARTISTS HOMES AND STUDIOS, E. Ashley Rooney

2012    100 ARTISTS OF THE MIDWEST, E. Ashley Rooney

            PAINTING WITH MIXED MEDIA, Paula Guhin and Geri Greenman

2009    AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR, Book of juried art and craft

2006    AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR, Book of juried art and craft

2005    AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR, Book of juried art and craft

2003    THE SOURCEBOOK OF ARCHITECTURAL AND INTERIOR ART

2000    ILLINOIS WOMEN ARTISTS: The New Millennium

            ART TRENDS Magazine, “Contemporary Collage”

1998    IN THREE DIMENSIONS: WOMEN SCULPTORS OF THE '90s

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Keynote Speaker, Illinois Art Education Association Conference, 2010

Provided illustrated lecture on inspiration and influences.

Lecturer, National Art Education Association National Convention, Chicago, IL, 2006

Gave slide lecture about work development to convention participants.

Lecturer, Morton Arboretum’s Nature Artist Guild, 2006

Slide lecture about work and its relationship to nature. 

Juror, Midwest Collage Society, Lemont, IL, 2006

Judged 3rd Annual Exhibit of Midwest Collage Society.

Juror, Aurora Public Art Commission, Aurora, IL, 2005

Selected work to be included in City Hall Exhibition.

Lecturer, Midwest Collage Society, Lemont, IL, 2006

Presented slide show and talk about the business of being an artist.

Juror, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL, 2004

Juried potential artists for inclusion in Artist Residency.

INDEPENDENT ARTIST RESIDENCIES

- JFK Elementary, Spring Valley, IL, 1999
Conducted two-week residency on architecture to fourth grade groups.  Created drawings, paintings, and permanent installation of architectural casts.  Taught supplemental art classes after school for ages 1-6.

- Elwood Elementary, Elwood, IL, 1999
Taught a one-month residency in drawing and painting that culminated in a mural created by the junior high core group of students.  Every 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade class received drawing instruction.

- Ramona School, Wilmette, IL, 1999
Facilitated a one-week residency with four fourth grade homerooms. Researched, drew, painted and collaged an 18’ permanent mural to be installed at the school.

Director of Education, Board of Directors, Naperville Art League, Naperville, IL, 1998-99

Initiated education program, hired instructors, taught fine art camps, coordinated registration and advertising with local park district.  Organized Kid’s Art Tent display with collaborative mural and quilt at local art fair.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, Illinois Arts Council

- Lincoln and JFK Elementary, Spring Valley, IL, 1998
Created mixed media mural of the rain forest with fifth graders from two schools.  Conducted after school drawing class for grades 4-6, and provided district wide in-service instruction.

- Carl Sandburg Elementary, Wheaton, IL,1997
Conducted one-month residency on architecture to third and fourth grade groups.  Created drawings, paintings, and permanent installation of architectural casts. 

- Prophetstown Elementary, Prophetstown, IL, 1996
Co-wrote grant for two month Visual Arts Residency through the IAC's Arts in Education Program.  Created age appropriate drawing and painting activities to introduce basic elements and principles of art to approximately 400 students.  Lectured to community groups ranging in size from 25-300, and provided in-service instruction.

INSTRUCTOR, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL, 1997

Developed curriculum and taught basic two- and three-dimensional design.

INSTRUCTOR, Afterschool Art Studio, Glen Ellyn, IL, 1995-present

Initiated cooperative supplemental art program with School District #41 and Glen Ellyn Park District.  Taught after school art programs at District #41's four elementary schools.

ART EDUCATOR, Center for Gifted, National-Louis University, Wheaton, IL, 1993-96

Instructed art programs at six locations to gifted students in grades 1-6.  Provided written parent communication, student evaluation, and supplemental materials.  Acted as cooperating teacher for graduate education students, and guest lecturer for graduate class in gifted education.

GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 1992-95

Taught two sections of introductory two- and three-dimensional design. Wrote and developed a curriculum, and provided instruction in Aldus Freehand for eight weeks of the semester.

ART CAMP INSTRUCTOR, Contemporary Arts Center, Arlington Heights, IL, 1994

Acted as sole coordinator/instructor for two-week art camp. Taught papermaking, sculpture and casting techniques, textile printing and dying, assemblage, collage, as well as drawing, painting, and printmaking.

ASSISTANT ART COORDINATOR, Wheeling Park District Youth Arts Camp, IL, 1993

Planned curriculum, taught lessons, hosted parents night, organized and chaperoned field trips for art day camp.

DIRECTOR, INSTRUCTOR, Studio Art for Kids, Van Nuys, CA, 1992

Planned, organized and instructed a fine arts camp for grades 2-8.  Introduced the elements and principles of art using printmaking, drawing and painting processes.

ART EDUCATOR, South Bay Supplemental Art Programs, CA, 1990-92

Young at Art, Manhattan Beach, CA

Art at Your Fingertips, Palos Verdes, CA

Hands on Art, San Pedro, CA

Implemented assemblage lesson in 18 schools to over 6000 students utilizing several hundred volunteers.  Trained 100 volunteers per session to conduct a discipline-based lesson.  

CLASSROOM ART TEACHER, Neil Armstrong Elementary, Richton Park, IL, 1988-90

Provided discipline-based art instruction for a kindergarten through eighth grade school with an enrollment of 800.

 

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