Brief History

Cheryl Bookout has a passion for art and filmmaking. She has facilitated public art projects with internationally acclaimed artists such as Kim Abeles, Barbara T. Smith, and

Judy Chicago. As an art curator, she organized hundreds of exhibitions over the years that included the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Beatrice Woods, Ed Moses, Frank Gehry, Ed Ruscha, and more. A highlight of her curatorial consultant career is the critically acclaimed exhibition shown at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery: Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists, 1980 – 2006, sponsored by the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Cheryl has been a guest on numerous panel conversations including: Los Angeles Contemporary Art Landscape, Brand Art Center, Glendale, CA; In Dialogue: June Wayne and the Rise of Women Artists, Pasadena Museum of California Art; Arts and Healing, El Museo del Barrio, NY, NY; Extant Women, Beacon Arts Building, Inglewood, CA; Finding Beauty through Struggle, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

In 2016, Cheryl co-produced three short films: I AM BE, Gloria’s Call and SanctuaryI AM BE is at the end of traveling the film festival circuit with nation-wide screenings and numerous awards. Gloria’s Call is scheduled to premiere on February 23, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in conjunction with the national College Art Association and Women’s Caucus for Art conferences and Sanctuary can be seen on the homepage of a nonprofit serving veterans and active military ( Currently, Cheryl is co-producing a short film by filmmaker and director, America Young, to be completed by June 2018.

Affiliations include: The Chimaera Project, Director/Co-Founder; Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art, President, 2012 – 2016; member Desert Screenwriters Guild.

Gloria Orenstein, Professor of Women in Literature and Art course at USC included Cheryl in The California Women Artist Project archived at the University of Southern California and Rutgers University.