These mixed-media wall/video sculptures are shrines, aesthetic backdrops to 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
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.
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, 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 creates activist-themed exhibitions on such topics as democracy, social justice, feminism and immigration. She directed an exhibition-based series of community events and conversations around water issues, rights, access and preservation in Flow. Through her role as Chair of the Women's Caucus for Art's International Caucus, she 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, also, to answers. I 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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"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."
"Live music, hula hoop dancing, and innovative art - all south of the railroad tracks"
by Jaci Webb, Billings Gazette, October 7 2016
"The area is known as Old Town and Billings artist Sherri Cornett is capitalizing on the urban vibe in the neighborhood by bringing in live music, hula hoop dancing, and innovative art.
“We are aiming to expand people’s perceptions of Minnesota Avenue by having more fun in Old Town,” Cornett said. “We are already thinking of ways to expand an art party into more of the open spaces along the street next summer.”
"Art as Activism: 7 Artists Create for Change"
by Sean Eckhardt, TakePart, September 27, 2016
"Three of the pieces in the exhibit were chosen by attorney and women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke, who garnered national media attention in 2012 when she was a student at Georgetown University. Republican members of the House of Representatives refused to hear Fluke’s testimony on the importance of requiring health insurance providers to cover contraception.
“Art has the power to touch us in a deeper way in our society. There’s so much noise surrounding how these issues are being talked about, especially on cable news,” Fluke wrote in an email to TakePart. “Art has the ability to cut through in a deep and powerful way that touches us on very serious issues that should demand our emotional attention.”
"Social Justice Art Exhibition Curated by Gutfreund Cornett Art"
by Renee Phillips, The Healing Power of Art & Artists, September 18, 2016
"Social Justice Reception"
by Marie Cameron, Marie Cameron Studio Blog, September 20, 2016
"The powerfully engaging internationally juried exhibition, Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All, organized by Gutfreund Cornett Art opened Sunday at Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art with an inspiring Artist Talk in which 19 of the 46 exhibiting artists participated, some who traveled from as far away as San Diego and Los Angeles, Utah, Mexico and New Zealand! It was very moving to learn what had compelled each artist to create their work and to listen to the types of reactions their work has received. Typically working with controversial, challenging and even disturbing subject matter, I found all these artists to be particularly brave, passionate, thoughtful, smart and deeply human." (Marie's blog includes photos of artists in front of their works)
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
"Art has the power to amuse, anger, intrigue and inspire. It can bind a community together or divide it in two, serve as a catalyst for conversation or the impetus of a movement. Exhibitions don't make it into galleries simply by chance, but through careful curation and arduous selection."
"Artists as Activists: Pursuing Social Justice"
by Amy Pleasant, Huffington Post "The Blog", September 6, 2016
"In light of the ever-growing list of crises crossing all borders and cultures, the curatorial partnership of Guttfreund Cornett Art has mobilized a group of 86 artists to address this escalation of violence, human rights violations, and environmental concerns. . . . . . Artists often see their place to provoke, to voice, to enlighten. This long-standing role of the artist as activist is at the heart of “Social Change: It Happens to One, It Happens to All”
"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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