Projects and Curatorial
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
Gutfreund Cornett Art
An independent curatorial partnership between Sherri Cornett and Karen Gutfreund 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"
What [(Is It) About My] Memory Project
This evolving community memory project examines how sharing of memories connect us to our own past and to each other. The installation includes symbolic Somas or neural bodies, each focused on a memory theme (family, homes, food, jokes, words ...). Copper "dendrites" hold the Memory Cards, on which drawings, photographs and writings depict brief memories - humorous ones, meaningful ones, wispy threads of memory or clearly remembered ones. The installation forms a back drop to readings, performances, & workshops looking at memory from creative, therapeutic and scientific perspectives.
is a set of mixed-media sculptures designed to invoke thoughts of peace, comfort, rest and ease, whether that is a physical structure, being with particular people, an emotional response or . . . Similar to my public art piece, Thicket, installed under the Sky Point in downtown Billings, these sculptures use the structure of groves of willows and red twig dogwood, which grow along our river and form protective spaces for insects and animals, as symbolic of how our community provides haven for our many and diverse citizens. The first phase, Home : Peace, invited visitors to draw or write their responses to the word "home" on painted canvas ovals, symbolic river rocks. .
featured internationally recognized artists MICHAEL TAKEO MAGRUDER and BENTLY SPANG. Each artist reflects on discourses of intolerance and belonging in the light of their family histories and current events, especially the crisis facing immigrants at the southern border of the United States.
50 State Initiative Billings
was a collaborative offering of community conversations, art and correlating events which will provide non-partisan forums for action and discussion of values, place, and patriotism as part of the national For Freedoms 50 States Initiative (see below) in advance of the November 2nd mid-term elections.
Flow was a socially-engaged project where the exhibition of art and installations set the framework and jumping off point for community conversations around water issues, rights and usage during multiple events. Sherri Cornett, with gallery director Dr. Leanne Gilbertson, created opportunities for community interaction, where the gallery was set up as a laboratory - a space for experimentation, dialogue and collaboration. With the exhibition and events, viewers, participants, artists, river users, and civic leaders were encouraged to think outside their own understanding and establish a more comprehensive and informed perspective about how water affects our lives and livelihoods.
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.
Textural explorations in video
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, my exhibitions, projects, art and correlating events investigate and frame dialogue around the grand narratives used to navigate the world and our relationships, asking individuals and communities to engage with each other, question, consider and act.