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Summary

Jane Cheek is a mixed media artist who works in an abstract expressionist style, combining acrylic painting and fiber art. Her work is an examination of how, as someone living with PTSD, past memories often collide with the present. In order to bring light to the juxtaposition of past and present, she works with contradictory artistic elements such as: opacity and translucency; two dimensions and three; art and craft; and structure and complete abstraction. Cheek dry brushes acrylics to achieve a texture that mimics hand woven fabric and adds three-dimensional organza and embroidery her  work, pushing the boundaries of two-dimensional art. As a survivor and an optimist, her work is a daily practice of seeking and creating joy. She creates art that is about loss and sadness, happiness and adventure, and most importantly, hope.

Education

20012005

B.A. Visual Arts Applications (Art Studies)

North Carolina State University

business minor

20062008

K-12 Visual Art Teacher Certification

East Carolina University

visual arts lateral entry licensure program

Related Experience

2018present

Art Instructor

Colour Wheel Art Classes

Instructor of foundational art classes for adults

2016present

Studio Artist

self employed

Mixed Media Artist, Art Lessons, Workshops + Events

20062011

Visual Arts Teacher

Research Triangle Charter Academy, Durham, NC

Taught K-8 art studio and art history, wrote grants, led Art Club

summer2005

Art Instructor

Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County, Raleigh, NC

Taught K-5 arts + crafts 

spring2005

Intern

NCSU Gallery of Art and Design, Raleigh, NC

catalogued art, installed exhibits, wrote artifact descriptions, photographed work

20022005

Executive Council Member

Passage Pals at the Passage Home, Raleigh, NC  

taught arts + crafts, wrote grants, founding member