Cheryl Wheat is a New York based artist whose subject matter is the figure. Her large-scale works maintain a mythic view of human experience. The work has a sense of the timelessness of beauty in an ephemeral world. She creates a visual language like that of poetry, where the distance from the real world is great and sensibilities heightened.
Cheryl Wheat has recently returned from the American Academy in Rome, where she was a Visiting Artist. Her work will be on view this fall at the Morris Museum in New Jersey, as part of the large exhibition, Timeless: The Art of Drawing.
Wheat grew up in New York, and at a young age studied at the Art Students League. While living in Italy, she attended the Accademia di belle Arti, in Rome. She was a scholarship recipient from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the National Academy of Design.
She has exhibited at The Neuberger Museum, the Bayley Museum, in Charlottesville, the Sculpture Center, Lizan-Tops and Philips de Pury in New York. Cheryl has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts CETA grant. Cheryl Wheat has created commissioned sculptures for several designers. Most notably, Cheryl has collaborated with the architect Michael Graves on projects involving sculpture and architecture. Her work has been included in many publications, museum exhibitions and private collections.
Cheryl Wheat works in New York and lives with her husband, the painter Edward Schmidt, and their daughter.