Ruminations: Cheryl Prisco — From Studio to Gallery

The Lunch and Learn Lecture Series features interesting and informative virtual programming that provides a behind-the-scenes view of the festival’s offerings in the visual arts, music, theater and dance.

Rumination (noun) 1. a deep and considered thought about something.

Cheryl Prisco is an abstract artist who is addicted to color and pattern, drawn to irreverence and visual dissonance. In place of paint and brush she cuts, colors, and shapes wood elements, creating abstract low relief assemblages. The process of her work, the shaping and fitting, the painting and placement of multiple pieces, is the physical manifestation of rumination. Her feelings, attitudes and concerns are visually recorded in color and composition. Each assemblage is a rumination, a story, one in the making and one in the viewing. Join Prisco as she explores her process and practice — from her studio to the gallery.

Visit the TCVA website for more information about Prisco’s exhibition at the TCVA.

LOCATION: Virtual via YouTube Premier

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, July 26 at Noon

LENGTH OF EVENT: 30 minutes

COST: Event is FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Turchin Center for Visual Arts at or 828-262-3017.

ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: Appalachian is committed to providing an inclusive experience for individuals with disabilities. If accommodations are needed in order to fully participate on the basis of a disability contact the Office of Disability Resources (828.262.3056). It is recommended that accommodation requests be made two weeks prior to the event.

About the Artist


Anna Deveare Smith

Cheryl Prisco is an abstract artist based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She was born in Connecticut but has lived most of her adult life in the South — 16 years in Savannah, Georgia, and 11 years in Boone, North Carolina.

As with all artists, I need to make for my overall wellbeing; it is a necessity, a compulsion. I did not surrender to it completely until relatively recently at the age of 55. Now two years in, which has included 15 exhibitions, honors including two artist grants, purchase prize award, best of show award and a public art commission — I am making up for lost time. Why now? I cannot say for certain but I believe it was the experience of almost losing my partner back in 2017. That abrupt reminder of mortality and transience has made me feel an intensity and urgency in everything. My work reflects this intensity visually in color and tactile dimensionality.
—Cheryl Prisco