UDAM Teaching Artist; Visual Artist
Sheri, husband Mark, and their family reside in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the Executive Director of Clever Octopus Inc. dba Clever Octopus Creative Reuse Center located in Murray, UT. She holds a BS from Brigham Young University, and has continued her education in various art mediums through the University of Utah’s art department, as well as a student in numerous workshops in Salt Lake City and Helper, Utah; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Boise, Idaho. Sheri works as a teaching artist with Clever Octopus Inc. and teaches throughout the state (through artist residencies) and has volunteered in the Salt Lake community and surrounding areas – as a pottery teacher at the Salt Lake Arts Center and Salt Lake Community College, and a visual arts specialist in the public schools, as painter, potter, and sculptor. Sheri derives a great deal of artistic satisfaction from teaching and working with children. She has completed several residencies, through the Utah Arts Council and the Salt Lake City Arts Council, with various elementary and junior high schools as a visiting artist. She often collaborates with fellow artists and children from the community on public art projects and school building installations. She works in a variety of media, including: painting, ceramics, chalk art, mosaics, mask-making, and paper mache. Her belief, that art, like life, is a process to be enjoyed and a journey to treasure, is always evident in her work, her civic involvement, and in her love for teaching. Sheri’s paintings are based on the bold colors of the desert and farmland of Utah and Idaho, yet often her scenes depict the quiet life many long for. Sheri’s work is shown and sold locally. Preferences: residencies, collaborations with other artists, extended projects, teacher workshops and training, and short-term activities. Age groups: K-12 Availability: Weekdays, school hours Space requirements: Access to a sink for all activities and a kiln for ceramic activities. Material requirements: Varies according to the project or activity.