Cheryl Weiss

Professor of Fine Arts at RAIN

1129 State St Ste A6, Santa Barbara, California, United States
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Last Updated 9/16/2013

General Information

Employment History

Part Time Faculty Credit  - Allan Hancock College

Director of Publicity and Literary Manager  - Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts


journalism , UC Berkeley

masters degree  - television , 


Founding Member and Vice President  - The Nipomo Arts Commission

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EventKeeper Archive

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.

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Past Exhibition Archive for the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission

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.

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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.

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