Cheryl McKay Dixon is an Assistant Professor of Art at Dillard by mudoc123


									                              CHERYL McKAY DIXON

       Cheryl McKay Dixon is an artist/educator and curator with a background in
advertising, arts administration and community development, whose personal motto has
been to “Bloom Where You Are Planted.”. Her career in the arts has taken a circuitous
path from a Museum Technician at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. to the
Chair of the Collections and Acquisitions Committee of the LSU Museum of Art
Advisory Board in Baton Rouge. She is recently retired after having served over 20 years
in the administration and faculty of Dillard University, where she served as Chair of the
Art Department and Director of the Dillard University Art Gallery. A former director of
the Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles; she was a Curatorial Consultant
for the New Orleans Treme Villa African American Museum; and served on the
Advisory Board for the Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program at Southern
University in New Orleans. She has curated over 35 exhibitions of African American
artists, and published monographs on Southern Folk Culture.
       Her watercolors and mixed paintings have been exhibited at the LSU Union Art
Gallery; the Mansur Museum in Monroe, LA; the Arna Bontemps Museum in
Alexandria, LA; the Apex Museum in Atlanta, GA; Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans;
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Gallery; the Baton Rouge Gallery; the Baton Rouge Arts
Council Gallery, the Southern University Museum of Art, and the W. E. B DuBois Center
in Accra, Ghana, among others.
                               CHERYL McKAY DIXON

       She was a recipient of the 2000 “Artie Award” in Visual Arts by the New Orleans
Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the 1999 “Outstanding Artist” award by the
National Conference of Arts and she was given the 2008 Louisiana Role Model in the
Arts Award by the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.
        Her stencil paintings combine printmaking processes, textile patterns, and
abstract expressionist influences, using movement and color to convey the healing energy
of the creative endeavor, and the spiritual affects of art as process and ritual. “My work
reflects a search for a visual language that has the power of spiritual transformation.
Formally, my paintings combine art expressions from modern Europe, America and West
Africa, as practiced by contemporary Trans-African artists. The end result that I seek is a
personal aesthetic that embodies the perceptions of color, light and sounds as conveyors
of healing energy.” A Baton Rouge native, Mrs. Dixon is a graduate of Southern
University Laboratory School, Dillard University and Louisiana State University.

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