Diane Cherr

Diane Cherr
Scarsdale, NY
Ceramics/Pottery, Collage, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Painting, Printmaking, Quilting, Sculpture, Media Arts
English
Adult Day Care, After School Program, Assisted Living, Community Center, Hospital, Independent Living, K-12 Schools, Library
My work has been shown in exhibits and galleries in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, including the Katonah Museum, Katonah, New York; the Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY; Upstream Gallery, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY; the Aesthetic Sense Gallery, Mt Kisco, NY; Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY; Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Larchmont, NY and the Labriola Gallery, Stamford, Connecticut. My work is also shown annually at the Judaica Craft Show, Bet Am Shalom Synagogue, White Plains, NY, which showcases fifty top Judaic artists from the United States and Israel. Yeshiva University, NY, NY commissioned a painting as a gift of thanks to the family of a major donor. I am represented in private collections in the United States, Japan, Great Britain, Israel and Hungary. I have a BA in Studio Art from Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts. My MA is in Art and Education from Teacher's College, Columbia University, NY, NY. When I am not creating art, I often work as an artist in residence for schools, museums and hospitals. I also work as a teaching artist for Arts Westchester, White Plains, NY as well as working with high school students on art portfolio preparation for college
As the art teacher at Manhattan Country School in NYC, I taught Pre-K through 8th grade for eight years, focusing on the intersection of child development and the process of creating art while integrating classroom and art curriculum. Upon moving to Westchester, I began working as an artist in residence in schools, museums, hospitals and senior sites. I received Arts Alive Grants from Arts Westchester for projects I developed working with seniors. One of these grants was inter-generational with a nursing home involving high school students and residents. Residents told students about their lives. Students documented oral histories through both story and printmaking. They delighted in continuing their conversations as they worked. The settings were always nonthreatening, giving participants the opportunities to explore the art materials at their own pace and comfort level. Participants in my workshops always have opportunities to express their individuality and unique approach to the artistic process. I instill confidence while introducing new media in the workshops. We act as partners, discovering how projects best suit the participant’s capabilities and interests, while celebrating their success. I specifically like working with older adults, as I love hearing their stories and exploring how they use visual imagery for self-expression. Their experiences are insightful and they have so much to share. It is exciting to be part of their successes as they explore new media, techniques and their oral histories become inspirations for works of art.