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Santa Monica-based fine art photographer Cheryl Medow creates images that entice the viewer to enter her world that is 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 in other visual elements to create visual narratives.

Since first exhibiting her work in 2006, Medow has received many accolades and her work is held within 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 Photographer Association’s annual publication Expressions 2009.

Since the beginning of 2014, Medow was selected as a Critical Mass finalist; awarded First Place at the Texas Photographic Society’s TPS:23 Competition, juried by Susan kae Grant; and, Second Place in the TPS:27 Member Only Competition, juried by Jim Casper, Founder and Editor of Lensculture. She received First Place for her Envisioning Habitatseries at International Photography Awards in the Digitally Enchanced category.
In 2015, She is a finalist in Lensculture Earth Awards 2015. She was a finalist in the 89th Annual International Competition at The Print Center in Philadelphia. Articles have been written about her Envisioning Habitat series in Audubon and National Geographic. Her work was shown at The G2 Gallery in Venice, California and Lotusland in Montecito, California. An exhibition of her work will be shown later this year at Cameraworks in Portland, Oregon. She is included in the Center For Photographic Art in Carmel Members’ Only 2015 Juried Exhibition juried by Richard Gadd, director of Weston Gallery, Carmel, California, reception on July 25, 2015.