Santa Monica art photographer Cheryl Medow creates images that entice the viewer to enter her world, both real and imagined.
Cheryl Medow's background in the arts is diverse, but interconnected.
Medow studied ceramics at the famed Chouinard Institute and received a BA in Art from UCLA, concentrating on life drawing with charcoal and pastels. Continuing her art education, she studied printmaking at Hand Graphics in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
With a wealth of materials and techniques, Medow layers her photographs and weaves them together to create visual narratives.
There have been numerous articles written about her work. Avian Alchemy by Becca Cudmore was published by Audubon News/Culture on June 5, 2015, Proof. National Geographic - An Altered Reality by Becky Harlan along with National Geographics Sunday Stills, Sunday, July 12, 2015 and an article in Inspire Adobe Photoshop For The Birds by Alyssa Coppelman in August.
In 2016, Medow was included in the SLIDESHOW Night at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City, California. She received the Juror's Award at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury Vermont for Great Blue Heron With Chicks Revisited and her print will be exhibited from March 23 through April 22 and White Ibis With Fish will be part of the Online Gallery Annex at PhotoPlace.
Medow was a finalist in the 89th Annual International Competition at The Print Center in Philadelphia given the Olcott Family Award. She is also a finalist at the LensCulture Earth Awards 2015.
In 2015, Medow's images were exhibited at The G2 Gallery in Venice, CA and at Flock: Birds On The Brink / Ganna Walksa Lotusland, curated by Nancy Gifford, Montecito, California . Medow was selected for the Members' 2015 Juried Exhibition at the Center for Photographic Arts in Carmel and had a solo exhibition at Cameraworks in Portland Oregon.
In 2014, Medow was selected as a Critical Mass finalist; awarded First Place at the Texas Photographic Society's TPS:23 Competition, juried by Juror Susan kae Grant and 2nd Place in TPS: 27 Members Only Competition juried by Jim Casper, Founder and Editor of LensCulture. She received First Place from International Photography Awards in the Digitally Enhanced Category.
In 2013, she received a Special Mention of the Juror, David C. Hirsch Fine Art category in the Julia Margaret Cameron Competition and was a finalist in the 5th Pollux Awards.
Since first exhibiting her work in 2006, Medow has received many accolades and her work is held in many private collections. Her work was first published in Nash Editions: Photography and the Art of Digital Printing (New Riders, 2007) as well as 100 Artists of the West Coast II (Schiffer Books, 2009) and the North American Nature Photographers Association's annual publication Expressions 2009.
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