About the artist
Cheryl received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Pratt Institute. Her work has been exhibited across the U.S. including Smack Mellon in New York, The University of Arizona, The Islip Art Museum on Long Island and the General Electric Headquarters in CT. Cheryl recently completed a permanent ceramic tile instillation for PS19Q in Queens, a commission from Percent for Art and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. She is currently a member artist at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Other art residencies include; the Winter Workspace program at Wave Hill, Smack Mellon, Weir Farm Art Center and Cooper Union. Notable collections featuring her work include Cantor Fitzgerald and Microsoft.
About the art
The fictional landscapes depicted in my paintings are inspired by places I’ve been, but reimagined into exaggerated environments exploring the tension between human progress and nature. I grew up in suburban Long Island where natural landscapes were raised to make way for prefabricated housing developments, strip malls and industrial parks. I saw similarities in Greenpoint Brooklyn where I lived for 17 years watching new construction brought on by gentrification chip away at the quaintness and character of the original architecture. Now, moving out to the east end of Long Island I see new crops of prefab houses sprouting over farmland.
New York Times
JUNE 16, 2017 Opinion | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Keep America Wild
By RICHARD POWERS
"Headquarters" was used to illustrate an op-ed story about the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and Trump politics.
Posted May 26, 2017
‘Unnatural Landscapes’ blends nature with manmade structures
Cheryl Molnar’s work, ‘Unnatural Landscapes,’ explores the intersection between the natural and built environment. Molnar spent months layering painted paper and photographs of natural landscapes with urban architectural fixtures.
By Tiffany Moustakas
Art appreciation: Exhibit keeps it real estate
Building up: Cheryl Molnar’s artwork documents the rapid-fire real estate devleopment in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, offering commentary on the pros and cons of the changes.
By Allegra Hobbs
May 14, 2010
Cheryl Molnar Layered Landscapes
By Nika Night
Fascinated by the shifts and alterations constantly happening to the urban locales in which she lives, Molnar creates intricate, powerful collages that capture tenuous moments of architectural change.
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