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Cheryl Wassenaar received an MFA from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to that she studied at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Using recycled material, she explores the function of text in painting, sculpture, and design. Her latest series repurposes commercial signage, turning discarded wood into visual signs that borrow from modernist painting and advertising. The new text was devised in collaboration with writers and poets.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in over fifty group and solo exhibitions. It features in corporate collections including Fidelity Investments in Boston, Steelcase Inc. in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC, and Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids in Michigan.
Wassenaar currently lives in St Louis, Missouri, where she works as an Associate Professor at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University.