CHERYL A. HARRISis a professional designer, illustrator, fine artist and muralist. Her versatility as an artist allows her to offer these services to corporations, hospitals, foundations and private consumers. She is known for her beautifully rendered Corporate Exectutive portrait gifts which are given to honor the accomplishments of the recipients.
Cheryl is an "OFFICIAL TRAIL OF PAINTED PONIES ARTIST" and designer of "KEEPER OF THE SACRED FIRE". This collectible figurine was released by the Trail of Painted Ponies, Inc. in the 2009 Summer Herd of Ponies. She is also the designer of the 2010 Holiday Pony and Christmas Ornament, "HOLIDAY S'MORES & MORE", the Spring 2012 Pony, "NAVAJO SAND PAINTER" and Fall 2013 Pony, "TIN STAR SHERIFF" . Her artistic and God-given talents began to show at an early age. She was honored to receive the outstanding Art Award of 1975 upon graduation from Covington High School in western Indiana. She pursued her love for art by attending Ivy Tech College in Columbus, IN where she received a Degree in Visual Art & Design (Commercial Art) in 1977. Her commercial and technical training allowed her to be immediately employed in the visual arts field. In 2009, she was chosen to be one of 22 Alumni Graduates in the 35 year history of the Fine Art and Visual Art Department of the College to have their work showcased in a travelling exhibit "Exceeding Expectations, An Exhibit of Outstanding Alumni and their Professional Work".
Her art career spans 37 years since college and has included experience as a graphic designer for a large children's furniture manufacturer in Columbus, IN, a technical product illustrator for a retail chain of stores in Akron, OH and 14 years as an Art Director for a full-service advertising and marketing firm in Indianapolis, IN working on medium to large corporate accounts.
In 1993 she began CHERYL A. HARRIS Design and Illustration. Longing to be independent with her art, she relocated to her hometown area of Covington, IN where her studio is located and pulls her work from various regional cities. To add to her commercial portfolio of work she pursued a career in the fine art field. Diverse in both painting and drawing she began to enter regional, juried fine art festivals and trade events to exhibit and sell her original works. To date she has appeared in nearly 300 show event dates. Her love for animals and nature has inspired her to create a series of signed and numbered limited edition art prints of her detailed pencil renderings which are offered in these events.
Cheryl is also a muralist. Her work includes interior and exterior residential and commercial mural paintings on walls, ceilings and floors. In 1993 she was honored to win the commission bid to design and paint a large-scale wall mural in the newly-built gymnasium of her high school alma mater. She designed the current center court floor art as well. A highlight for Cheryl was being asked to "restore/repaint" a large section of the historic murals in the Fountain County Courthouse. She is responsible for restoration on the middle section of the Bertha J. Lacey Civil War Mural.
Being diverse allows Cheryl to be proficient in many avenues of art and she is readily available for new challenges. If you are interested in working with Cheryl on a commissioned project of choice or purchasing some of the artwork shown, see CONTACT CHERYL on this website.
VOLUNTEERISM, CHARITBLE CAUSES AND AUCTIONS She created two Public Art projects auctioned for charity in western Indiana:
- 2007 "SMOKY CABIN FEVER" A fully-illustrated 5' tall Colt- Public Art Project Swope Art Museum's "Horsing Around in Terre Haute" Campaign, Sponsor: Forrest Sherer, Inc., Terre Haute, IN
- 2006 "YEAST ROLLS & RANCH DRESSING" A fully-illustrated 8' tall Giraffe- Public Art Project Vermillion County Community Foundation's "We're Standing Tall" Campaign, Sponsor: The Beef House Restaurant Covington, IN Public Art Campaign Competition Finalist - "Public Choice Award"
- 2008 "92 County Tree Christmas Ornament"Fountain County, IN. Archived in the Museum's permanent collection for use each year. INDIANA STATE MUSEUM,Indianapolis, IN
- 2001 "COVINGTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH" COOKBOOK, "Then and Now...A Heritage of Good Food" Design and Cover Illustration Morris Press Cookbook Competition Finalist -"3rd Place Award"
- 1983 FOUNTAIN COUNTY, IN COURTHOUSE HISTORIC MURALS Cheryl donated 175 hours of personal time to restore a large section of these murals (the mural restored was by Bertha J. Lacey, 1936, her ancestor).
- FOUNTAIN COUNTY MENTORING PROGRAM - Art for Silent Auction
- FOUNTAIN COUNTY CLERK'S MUSEUM - Art for Silent Auction
- DUCKS UNLIMITED OF FOUNTAIN COUNTY, IN - Art for Silent Auction
- MORNING DOVE THERAPUETIC RIDING, Zionsville, IN - Art for Silent Auction
- PIONEER VILLAGE AUCTION, Indiana State Fair - Art for Silent Auction
JURIED FINE ART SHOWShave included:
Azalea Arts Festival,Mobile Museum of Art -Mobile, AL Arts Quest on the Bay,Sandeston Golf & Beach Resort - Destin, FL The Winter Market,Eiteljorg Museum of Native American and Western Art- Indianapolis, IN Penrod Art Festival,Indianapolis Museum of Art- Indianapolis, IN Broad Ripple Art Fair,Indianapolis Art Center - Indianapolis, IN Talbot Street Art Festival -Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Zoo Fine Art Festival -Indianapolis, IN Trader's Point Charity Horse Show - Zionsville, IN Conner Prairie's Indiana Festival -Noblesville, IN Oakwood Foundation Art Festival -Syracuse, IN Leeper Park Art Fesival -South Bend, IN Madison Chautauqua Art Festival -Madison, IN Chautauqua of the Arts -Columbus, IN Lakefront Art Festival -Michigan City, IN Chesterton Art Festival -Chesterton, IN Munster Art Festival -Munster, IN Arbuckle Park Arts & Crafts Fair -Brownsburg, IN Wabash Valley Arts Festival -Covington, IN Metro Center Fine Art Festival -Peoria, IL Riverfront Park Fine Art Festival -Peoria, IL Lincoln Art Fair -Lincoln, IL Taste of Champaign-Champaign, IL Forsyth Art Fair -Forsyth, IL Lexington Art Festival -Lexington, IL Arts in the Park -Danville, IL
TRADE SHOWS AND FALL FESTIVALShave included:
Indianapolis Charity Horse Show- Cloverdale, IN
Pioneer Village Artisan,Indiana State Fair - Indianapolis, IN
Meet the Trail of Painted Ponies Artists 2009,- Lexington, KY Indianapolis Home Show,Interior Design & Home Decor - Indianapolis, IN Indiana Home Show -Indianapolis, IN Hoosier Horse Fair & Expo -Indianapolis, IN Strawberry Festival -Crawfordsville, IN Riley Days -Greenfield, IN Parke County Covered Bridge Festival,Case 1878 Barn- Bridgeton, IN
GALLERY EXHIBITShave included:
Ivy Tech Community College -Columbus, IN "Exceeding Expectations" An Exhibit of Outstanding Alumni Graduates Fourth Street Fine Art Gallery -Covington, IN Corner Vise Gallery -Zionsville, IN Renditions Gallery -Indianapolis, IN
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