Episode 2: Cheryl Derricotte and Angela Hennessy

Notes from MoAD

Episode 2: Cheryl Derricotte and Angela Hennessy

By Angela Hennessy April 4, 2018

Notes from MoAD is dedicated to the Museum of the African Diaspora’s Emerging Artist Program, giving the exhibiting artists an opportunity to discuss their featured exhibition at MoAD and how their art practice is in dialogue with contemporary art as it considers themes of the African diaspora.

In this episode, artist and educator, Angela Hennessy sits down with Cheryl Dericotte, MoAD’s inaugural artist from the Emerging Artist Program. Derricotte's exhibition, Ghosts/Ships, was exhibited on January 27, 2016 and closed on April 03, 2016. They discuss how Derricotte’s interdisciplinary practice is influenced by the texts she encounters in her daily life and the importance of titling work. Derricotte also generously shares songs from her playlist for creating new work, as music plays a key role in the development of her projects.


Cheryl Patrice Derricotte is a visual artist and her favorite mediums are glass and paper. Originally from Washington, DC, she lives and makes art in San Francisco, CA. She has an extensive background in the arts and community development. Cheryl holds the Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), the Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.A. in Urban Affairs from Barnard College, Columbia University.  She is a member of the 3.9 Collective in San Francisco. Her awards include a Hemera Foundation Tending Space Fellowship for Artists; the Rick and Val Beck Scholarship for Glass; Emerging Artist at the Museum of the African Diaspora; Gardarev Center Fellow; Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass’ Visionary Scholarship and a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities/ National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship Grant.

Angela Hennessy is an Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist and Associate Professor at California College of the Arts where she teaches courses on visual and cultural narratives of death and contemporary textile theory. Through writing, studio work, and performance her practice examines mythologies of blackness embedded in linguistic metaphors of color. She leads workshops and lectures nationally. Recent talks and performances include Death Salon Seattle, University of Cincinnati, CTRL+SHIFT Artists Collective; You’re Going to Die’s When They Died; IDEO’s Reimagine End of Life; Disclose Silence: We See Violence; Dead Black at Nook Gallery.She has exhibited at the Bellevue Arts Museum, Exit Art, Ampersand International Arts, Pro Arts Gallery, Southern Exposure, The Richmond Art Center, The Small Gallery, and The Oakland Museum of California. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and was featured in the Journal of Cloth and Culture, In The Make: Studio Visits with Artists, and Fray: Textile Art and Politics by Julia Bryan Wilson.

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