Faculty portfolios

  • Ode to W. Haldane (Pearl + Ottawa). Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Full caption below.
    Ode to W. Haldane (Pearl + Ottawa). Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Full caption below.
  • Detail, Ode to W. Haldane (Pearl + Ottawa). Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Full caption below.
    Detail, Ode to W. Haldane (Pearl + Ottawa). Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Full caption below.
  • Syntax exhibition, installation view. Work constructed from found commercial signage. Bradley University, IL, 2016.
    Syntax exhibition, installation view. Work constructed from found commercial signage. Bradley University, IL, 2016.
  • Untitled, 57 x 150,” wood, vinyl. Permanent commissioned piece, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI, 2011.
    Untitled, 57 x 150,” wood, vinyl. Permanent commissioned piece, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI, 2011.
  • parlance, 30 x 33 x 5” found commercial signage, vinyl, 2012.
    parlance, 30 x 33 x 5” found commercial signage, vinyl, 2012.
  • READ, 48 x 48," window vinyl installation. Background: book artist J. Harper, Subterrannean Books, St. Louis, 2009.
    READ, 48 x 48," window vinyl installation. Background: book artist J. Harper, Subterrannean Books, St. Louis, 2009.

Cheryl Wassenaar

Associate Professor

Campus Box 1031
Biography 

Cheryl Wassenaar is a visual artist who investigates language as a system of meaning that is dependent upon arrangement and context. Her latest body of work uses signmaker's vinyl alongside manipulated objects, sound, and video to activate environments in site-specific installations, often collaborating with a writer or poet. The Cabinet of Ordinary Affairs, a collaborative multi-media exhibition with Stephanie Schlaifer, was awarded an Artistic Innovations grant in 2018 by the Mid America Arts Alliance.

Wassenaar’s object-based pieces work with found commercial signage, repurposing the discarded wood into visual metaphors of failed communication that borrow from the language of modernist painting, contemporary advertising, and technology. Merging aspects of graphic design, painting, and sculpture, the work evokes visual stutters of sounds, ideas, and data.

Wassenaar earned her BFA from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, and her MFA from the University of Cincinnati. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally, appearing in over fifty group and solo exhibitions. Her corporate commissions include Camden Real Estate headquarters in Houston, Fidelity Investments in Boston, and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids. Wassenaar also researches and gives lectures on the visual and cultural impact of color. She is currently represented by LongView Gallery in Washington, D.C.

www.cherylwassenaar.com

Image Captions

1. The Cabinet of Ordinary Affairs, installation view of a multimedia collaborative exhibition with Stephanie Schlaifer. Front: Waiting Room of the Interior. Materials include cut vinyl lettering (on walls), stacks of newspapers, painted office furniture, coffee table with embedded video broadcast from the Press Secretary of the Interior. Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO 2018. Image by R. Sprengeler.

2. Detail: "Notes from the General Assembly," 57 x 8' cut vinyl. The Cabinet of Ordinary Affairs, a collaborative exhibition with Stephanie Schlaifer. Image credit: Sid Hastings/WUSTL photos

3. Detail: "Office of the Minister of the Cabinet of Reason," 51 x 67 x 34" paper, plastic, Erickson phone, Olympia typewriter. The Cabinet of Ordinary Affairs, collaborative exhibition with Stephanie Schlaifer. Image: R. Sprengeler.

4. "When the Eye Saw It Appeared," cut vinyl, twin metal bedframe, egg-encrusted tea cups, electrical conduit. Detail from Cleavemark Dr, a multimedia collaborative exhibition with Stephanie Schlaifer, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, St. Louis, MO, 2014. Photo credit: D. Johnson.

5. Installation view, Cleavemark Dr, a multimedia collaborative installation with Stephanie Schlaifer, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, St. Louis, MO, 2014. Photo credit: D. Johnson.

6. "You Call It A Cloud: Ascent," wooden signboard, metallic vinyl 22 x 4.5', with language fragments from Stephanie Schlaifer's Cloud Series. A site-specific piece in the Wayfinding exhibition at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, 2019. Image: B. Page.

7. Ode to W. Haldane (Pearl + Ottawa). Wooden furniture, 1930's industrial workbench, grandfather's tool belt, father's vise. 16 x 16 x 8', Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI, 2016.

8. Detail, Ode to W. Haldane (Pearl + Ottawa). Wooden furniture fragments. 16 x 16 x 8', Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 2016.

9. Syntax exhibition, installation view. Work constructed from found commercial signage. Bradley University, IL, 2016.

10. Untitled, 57 x 150", wood, sign vinyl. Permanent commissioned piece, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI, 2011.

11. parlance, 30 x 33 x 5" found commercial signage, vinyl, 2012.

12. READ, 48 x 48", window vinyl installation. Background: book artist J. Harper, Subterrannean Books, St. Louis, 2009.