Profile: Cheryl Derricotte

Cheryl Patrice Derricotte is an American visual artist working mostly with glass and paper. She lives and works in San Francisco, California. Derricotte is originally from Washington, DC.

She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University, and a B.A. in Urban Affairs from Barnard College, Columbia University.



Derricotte describes her artwork process as:

Identities shaped by home (or homelessness); natural beauty (or disasters), memories of happiness (or loss) inspire my artwork. This results in works on glass and paper. Both materials are translucent and seemingly fragile, yet they are hearty enough to survive the passage of time between civilizations. I make art from research. This type of inquiry also leads me not just to economic but also environmental concerns. Observations of current events, politics, and urban landscapes are my entry into these issues.


Arts activist

Derricotte is the current secretary/The Minister of Information for Three-Point Nine Art Collective, a group of San Francisco area Black artists.  She is also the Chief Mindfulness Officer of Crux, a U.S. nationwide cooperative of Black artists “working at the intersection of art and technology through immersive storytelling (Virtual Reality).”She has also been part of moderated discussions and talks “responding to representations of race and identity.

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