With degrees in political science and art as well as a long history of advocacy, activism and campaign work around issues of human rights, women's rights, environment, education and the arts, both as an employee and in board leadership, Cornett combines these experiences in sculptural and video work that brings attention to social and environmental issues. As a Partner at Gutfreund Cornett Art, she is creating activist themed exhibitions for artists and highlighting non-profits doing work related to the themes. Through her role as Chair of the Women's Caucus for Art's International Caucus, she has also created exhibition opportunities for women artists as Director of Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art, an art-based cultural exchange in China, and as Co-Director of Women + Body, an exhibition in South Korea. Her art has shown in China, South Korea, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, the Bay area, Oregon, Montana and various online venues.
"I find myself most attracted to art that, while aesthetically appealing, offers an opportunity for self-reflection and has the potential to change a perception. Art that brings thinking, action, transformation, inspiration and soul into the experience. Art that builds a relationship with the social and political worlds . . . socially-engaged art.
I agree with those who believe that we must continue to investigate and discuss the grand narratives created to explain the world and that each of us should reformulate our questions and seek new answers as we learn and grow. My work is often a physical manifestation of these questions and, often, to answers. I desire to develop art and correlating events that engage the psyche of viewers and participants to the point where they, too, become moved to question, to consider, to act. "
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Sherri will be the guest of The Zonta Club's Artful Women of Billings event at the Billings Public Library's Community, Room, Tuesday, September 13th, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Conversation about art-based activism and community engagement, including images of some of her work and past curatorial projects.
"Next Up in Artful Women Series is Sherri Cornett"
By Jaci Webb, The Billings Gazette, August 25, 2016
"Two Striking Exhibits Highlight Fall Semester at SMC's Museum of Art"
by A.K. Carroll, Lamorinda Weekly, September 7, 2016
"Artists as Activists: Pursuing Social Justice"
by Amy Pleasant, Huffington Post "The Blog", September 6, 2016
"Social Justice: What Happens to One, Happens to All"
Exhibition: September 18-December 11, 2016
Venue: Saint Mary's College Museum of Art
For more info, please go here
Presented by Gutfreund Cornett Art
"San Jose art exhibition showcases female perspective"
by Sal Pizarro, Mercury News, July 23, 2016
"All - Woman Exhibition Explores Art as Activism"
by Juliette Luini, Ms. Blog, July 15, 2016
The Authentic Woman
Shannon Fisher, host of the radio show "The Authentic Woman" and women's rights leader, talked with Karen Teegarden, Executive Director of UniteWomen.org and Sherri and Karen from Gutfreund Cornett Art about the motivations for this show, how we are collaborating to present this opportunity to self-identified women, our hopes and other details. Originally aired April 3, 2016.
"Vision: An Artist's Perspective"
Presented by Gutfreund Cornett Art and UniteWomen.org
Exhibition: July 5 - 29, 2016
Venue: Kaleid Gallery, 88 South Fourth Street, downtown San Jose, California. The show of self-identified female artists will also be promoted nationally by UniteWomen.org and Gutfreund Cornett Art through an online gallery and catalog, social media, and press releases to critics and writers.
For more information , please go here.
"At project’s end, a close look at the Yellowstone River"
by David Crisp, Last Best News, February 26, 2016
"Health of the Yellowstone topic of river talk"
by Mike Ferguson, Billings Gazette, February 26, 2016
"MSUB to host poetry reading, jazz improv event Thursday"
by Mike Kordenbrock, Billings Gazette, February 10, 2016
"Flow – Exhibition and Community Project"
by Jackie Yamanaka, Yellowstone Public Radio
aired February 8, 2016
"Flow: Artist Sherri Cornett draws inspiration from the Yellowstone"
by Kori Wood, Billings Gazette, January 22, 2016
Interactive Exhibition and Community Project
Northcutt Steele Gallery
Montana State University Billings
January 28 - March 18, 2016
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