Textural explorations in video
Gutfreund Cornett Art
A curatorial partnership that specializes in creating exhibitions on themes of “art as activism” to stimulate dialog, raise
consciousness, build communities and encourage social change. Exhibitions have included: "Beyond Borders: Stories of im/Migration", "Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All", "What's Right, What's Left: Democracy in America"
Ancestresses and Wise Women and Conversations Among Women
Sculptures symbolic of women who mentored me accompanied enclose a circle of women of various ages and backgrounds , each sharing her perspectives, making connections, increasing our collective wisdom and enjoying the art of conversation in a positive, supportive environment.
These mixed-media wall/video sculptures are shrines to aesthetic backdrops for conversations about water rights, conservation and access and the many ways water is essential to our lives and livelihoods, as reminders of water as common ground, common necessity.
Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art, Director: Sherri Cornett, Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China, 2014
Woman + Body, Co-Director: Sherri Cornett, Seoul & Gwangju, South Korea, 2012
Symbolic, protective places into which to retreat, ask questions, seek answers and stay current with our personal truths.
Reflections of the give and take of the water, the interconnected webs of reef life and the enclosed completeness of my diving experiences.
As a curator and artist with a background in political science, advocacy and activism, I agree with those who believe that we must continue to investigate and discuss the grand narratives used 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 answers. I develop exhibitions, projects, 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.
Voices from the Valley: Gwen Kircher
by Sherri Cornett
May 7, 2018
Last Best News
"Gwen Kircher’s life experiences have given her much to share. Our conversation flowed quickly, from being good neighbors to policy making, to history, race and class. All of these topics appertain to her roles as the current chair of the Montana Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and a past member of the Billings Human Relations Commission."
Voices from the Valley: Fitzgerald "Jerry" Clark by Sherri Cornett
April 30, 2018
Last Best News
"Contemplative, modest and a self-described introvert … Fitzgerald “Jerry” Clark talked with me about courage, the power of our youth, embracing change and looking at our own frailties."
Voices from the Valley: Claudia Stephens by Sherri Cornett
Voices from the Valley is a new and occasional column sharing conversations between Sherri Cornett and Billings-area leaders who are committed to creating a vibrant community for all. The first ran Monday, April 23, 2018 in Last Best News.
"Sitting down with Claudia Stephens, the strategic planning specialist for Ag Worker Health & Services, I feel, immediately, her earnest attention. Listening and being heard were some of the themes of our conversation, as were neighborhoods and the influence of mothers." Read more here.
RISE: Empower, Change and Action!
CURATORS/JURORS: Suzanne Whitney-Smedt (Whitney Modern Gallery), Karen Gutfreund and Sherri Cornett (Gutfreund Cornett Art) and Marinane McGrath (Curator of Art at New Museum Los Gatos)
VENUE: Whitney Modern Gallery, Los Gatos, California
DEADLINE: April 21, 2018
FROM THE ACCEPTED ARTISTS IN THIS EXHIBITION, ONE ARTIST WILL BE CHOSEN for a two-week show at Whitney Modern summer of 2019.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION JURORS: Joan McLoughlin, Owner, McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco
Jessica Porter, ED, NY Artists Equity Association & Owner, Porter Advisory
David Weinberg, ED, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Chicago
DATES OF EXHIBITION: July 18 – August 31, 2018
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RISE: Empower, Change and Action! seeks to bring artists into dialogue and to bring forth what is important to self, community, our nation and the world at large through art that reflects and addresses complex socio-cultural issues and focuses on a vision for a more positive, empowering future, particularly for self-identified women and girls as well as their families. It is underpinned by the feminist principle that believes in political, economic and social equality for all. RISE aims to emphasize the commonalities of our human experience.
"Beyond Borders: Stories of im/Migration"
Curated by Gutfreund Cornett Art
Content Magazine, January 31, 2018
Written by Tad Malone Photography by Daniel Garcia
"All of the pieces are approached with such poignancy and thoughtfulness, it may take a few visits to really get the inspiring and equally heartbreaking effect that Beyond Borders hopes to achieve. . . The curators are working to foster a deep appreciation of what it means to be a person trapped between, and subsequently at the mercy of, two worlds."
"Being thankful for cornucopia of music, theater, arts"
by Jaci Webb, Billings Gazette, November 23, 2017
"Visual artist Sherri Cornett said she is grateful for the curious and the courageous in her ever-expanding circles of community. She said she appreciates those who want to know people beyond the stereotypes and differences in backgrounds, language and history."Those who speak up, ask questions, listen and take the time to sit with uncomfortable conversations — conversations that can lead to perspectives previously unconsidered, to new insights, to resolution and common ground. Those who stand up and speak out as allies and use their own social agency and capital to influence policies, practices and public officials in support of social and economic equality. Those in my political, advocacy and art communities that are working together to create dialogue and, through their actions, return our cities, states and our nation to places that embrace the rich tapestry created by individual and unique contributions. Those who see and respect each other, who care for each other."