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Film and Ceramics Teacher

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Allan Hancock College
800 South College Drive
Santa Maria , California 93454
United States

Company Description: The official fund-raising arm of the Allan Hancock College Intercollegiate Athletic Department is the Hancock College Boosters, Incorporated. Membership in the...   more

Employment History


  • journalism
    UC Berkeley
  • masters degree , television
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Cheryl Weiss designed this ..., 7 Nov 2012 [cached]
Cheryl Weiss designed this freeway art at the new Willow Road interchange in Nipomo. Rolling hills are depicted on northbound on- and off-ramps.
Cheryl Weiss of Nipomo designed the freeway art for the recently opened Willow Road interchange in Nipomo. She donated that design and those found on three freeway interchanges in Santa Maria.
I really believe in the importance of public art really enjoy working on the freeway projects because of the visual challenges, Weiss said.
Weiss designed the rolling hills, which represent the Temettate Ridge east of Nipomo.
Weiss created the hills in panels with different lines and thicknesses, to give viewers a sense of motion as they pass by.
The difference between my freeway art and my personal work is the slow eye versus the fast eye, said Weiss, who teaches film and ceramics at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.
She grew up in New York City and studied journalism at UC Berkeley. Though she discovered clay in school, she was on an academic track and couldnt find much time to explore the medium.
Later, she worked as a journalist at newspapers and magazines and was a publicist.
Weiss also worked in the film industry in Los Angeles, getting a masters degree in television, but found it too commercial. She didnt want to make mainstream movies.
In 1987, Weiss was hired as the director of publicity and literary manager for PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria. She moved to Nipomo 10 years ago.
About 15 years ago, she finally took an opportunity to do what I want to do and get back to clay with a ceramics class at Hancock.
My life is about different threads continuing to reweave themselves, explained Weiss, whose personal (rather than public) art is nonrepresentational and often associated with natural things. Im interested mainly in abstracted forms that allow the viewer to engage in the work and create the associations with the work.
Added Weiss, I want the audience to be able to experience the work rather than label the work. I love the moment when someone looks at the work and then they . . . dive into the surface (and see) multiple levels of depth. Weiss has done a series of large pieces that she calls soul vessels.
She is a founding member and vice president of the Nipomo Arts Commission, which raises funds for arts scholarships for high school seniors and also does arts outreach in the community.
EventKeeper Archive, 1 Sept 2011 [cached]
Organized by Cheryl Weiss, professor of fine arts, Allan Hancock College and Vice President of the Nipomo Arts Commission, El Camino Real - Highway Through History features images of the Dana Adobe, landscapes of Nipomo, historical buildings, interpretations of the Camino Real, Chumash culture, rancho era, agriculture and labor. Weiss previously curated Rec¢·la·ma¢·tionfor the Santa Barbara Arts Commission and Peace, Love, and Rock 'n Roll: Music Posters of the 1960s for Allan Hancock College.
Cheryl Weiss, an Allan ..., 24 Sept 2010 [cached]
Cheryl Weiss, an Allan Hancock College fine arts instructor, is curator of the exhibit.
Current Exhibitions - Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
Cheryl Weiss, Curator
Santa Maria -- The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission presents Rec´•la•ma´•tion a mixed media exhibition of regional artists curated by Cheryl Weiss, Professor of Art, Allan Hancock College and Vice President of the Nipomo Arts Commission, facilitated by John Hood, Professor of Art, Allan Hancock College and Arts Commissioner from the 5th District, from November 23, 2009 to February 19, 2010 at the Betteravia Government Center, 511 E. Lakeside, Santa Maria.
Cheryl Weiss said, "According to the dictionary, reclamation is the act or process of reformation, the restoration of use or recovery.
"I invited their participation, so they could return here through their art, to reclaim and reaffirm their connection to this community," Weiss said.
Adobe Press - News of the Week, 17 Oct 2003 [cached]
LOVE OF CLAY -- Cheryl Weiss considers clay her prime medium of expression.
Although Cheryl Weiss dabbled in the arts since childhood, only recently did she begin to embrace the creative process as one that defines her, offering her work for hundreds to view.
Her rural designs will depict Santa Maria in a freeway mural; her ceramics will likely intrigue visitors during the fifth annual Open Studios Tour.
"I held my breath and jumped off the cliff," said Weiss, describing her decision to display her work in bold ways.
The studio tour will serve as Weiss' final "coming out" party this weekend, affirming her place as a Central Coast artist.
"This is my way of saying, 'I'm here and I'm declaring this now.'"
Weiss was born into creativity and culture.
Her father was a scientist with a soulful streak, she said.Involved in the space program, he inspired Weiss to imagine life on other planets and trips to the moon.
Her mother worked as a psychologist and possessed a deep love of the arts.
Growing up in upstate New York, music, theater and the arts marked her childhood.
"I had a rich life in terms of broad exposure to amazing things," she said."Both my parents were concerned with things beyond the obvious; they provided so much raw material for creativity."
A move to Los Angeles later propelled Weiss into the world of film.She helped launch a film program at UC Berkeley, trained as an agent and wrote a movie for television treatment.Now, she teaches film at Allan Hancock College.
"I see my life as trying to find a medium of creative expression that helps me best express my ideas," Weiss said."I'm an art freak."
Although she promoted and represented artists, Weiss only pursued her own art on the side.She called it "sneaking clay."
While attending Berkeley, she snagged minutes in the studio, experimenting with the substance that would later serve as her main medium of expression.
"I started working in the studio, but then academics got in the way.Art always seemed impractical."
Weiss moved from Southern California to the Central Coast to work as literary manager at PCPA.She has a checklist of items she wants to accomplish professionally.Working in a theater in a small coastal town was one item.
She continued her affair with clay, sneaking time to mold and sculpt at Allan Hancock College.
Still, her main pursuits revolved around the business side of art and not art itself.
"I kept getting drawn to the business side and that is not where I really belong," Weiss explained.
Painting sets one day propelled her down the road to artist acknowledgment.
The production team begged for help finishing sets for an upcoming PCPA production.Weiss volunteered.Although she was only asked to paint black lines on flats, she was in heaven.
"I was so happy painting those black lines," she said.
That day, Weiss determined to seriously pursue her own art.She started taking classes and displaying at Allan Hancock, selling jewelry in Cambria and joining the newly formed Nipomo Arts Commission -- a group lobbying for public art and artist exposure.
Weiss does not use a wheel, but sculpts sea shells, landscape bowls and pendants, which all evoke the earth.
"I know this stuff isn't for everyone, but for people who like to look at things for a long time," she said.
She focuses on the depth and richness of surfaces, spending months to perfect colors and glazes.
"On and off for the past year, I've been trying to find glazes that will capture the experience of walking on the soda lake beds in the Carrizo Plain and the Mojave," she explained.
For Weiss, the search is part of the joy of creating.
She will showcase her work, outside, at her 3-acre home in Nipomo during the Open Studios Tour.
The rural backdrop and light will prove the perfect place to display, she said.
Each piece will be for sale.
"Maybe this is making a fool of myself, but I'll survive," she said.
For years, friends have urged her to show her work.Now, she is ready.
"I finally found the courage to say, 'This really resonates very deeply with me as something I need to do that gives me great pleasure, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually."
During preparation for the studio tour, doors began opening for the emerging artist.
Weiss will show her work in Los Angeles during the spring.Ultimately, she hopes to display in a gallery.
Eight of her designs will also be included in a 32-panel freeway mural.Scaffolding has already gone up on Santa Maria's Stowell Road.
Besides nurturing her own talent, she is seeking to support others through Nipomo's art commission.Weiss, the group's treasurer, joined upon its inception because she places a premium on public art.
"Supporting the arts in Nipomo is really important for the whole community.We need art; it keeps us alive."
In her own life, art has enlivened Weiss.
"There's something energizing about saying, 'OK, I'm not sneaking clay.
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