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CHERYL McKAY DIXON Bio 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 Bio 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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