Bio

Cheselyn Amato is a New Jersey girl with NYC at her core. She spent twenty years in Chicago where she taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to Davis, California where she currently lives. She earned a BA in studio art and comparative religious studies at Brown University and an MFA in drawing, painting and new genres at Tyler School of Art of Temple University. Cheselyn is an interdisciplinary visual artist and poet and a transformation experience instigator and designer for sublimity, awe and delight. Most recently from 2015 to 2018, Cheselyn was a resident artist at Verge Center for the Arts and a member of the AXIS Gallery in Sacramento where she presented her most recent solo interdisciplinary installation and performance work. She has shown internationally including the 2015 Jerusalem Biennale and she is part of the ongoing Women of the Book Project, a revisionist visual Torah co-created by 54 contemporary and international women artists with a book expected in late 2019. Her work has been exhibited as well as acquired by the Jewish Museum in NYC and the Spertus Institute in Chicago.

Just added to her toolbox, Cheselyn is a practicing Hospice and Hospital Spiritual Care and Hospice Bereavement Specialist. She received training at UC Davis and UC San Francisco Medical Centers while earning a Masters of Theological Studies in Spirituality, Healing, Art, and Social Transformation. She is also a Certified Lifecycle Celebrant creating and facilitating rituals and ceremonies for every kind of transition and transformation under the sun and moon and stars on this dear planet called Earth within one galaxy now imagined amongst billions. And, oh, how marvelous and awesome and…

Books, Reviews, Journals, Catalogs, and Cover Art

Shoshana Gugenheim, Women of the Book, ongoing project, trade book anticipated in late 2019

Soltes, Tradition and Transformation, Three Millennia of Jewish Art and Architecture, 2016

Rami Ozeri, The Jerusalem Biennale 2015

Elana Maryles Sztokman, The Men’s Section, Brandeis University Press, 2011, cover art

Sanctuaries in Time, exhibition catalog, 2011

The Dura Europos Project: An Ancient Site Revisited, exhibition catalog, 2010

Seduced by the Sacred: Forging A New Jewish Art, exhibition catalog, 2010

Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging, Edited by Derek Rubin, Brandeis University Press, 2010, cover art

500 Judaica, Lark Books, 2010

Richard McBee, Reinventing Ritual, The Jewish Press, 10/7/2009

Daniel Belasco, Reinventing Ritual, Yale University Press, 2009

New Works/Old Story: 80 Artists at the Passover Table, The Dorothy Saxe Invitational, organized by the Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF, 2009

Flatlanders 2: Regional Roundup, UC Davis, The Richard L. Nelson Gallery, 2008

Diane Chin Lui, Dreamers and their Visions, The Davis Enterprise, August 11, 2008, A9

Sharon Cohen, The Arts: A Museum of Great Reflection, Hadassah Magazine, April 2008

Menachem Wecker, Post-Jewish Painting and Its Discontents, The Jewish Press, Jan. 23, 2008

Gloria Orenstein, Jewish Contemporary Women Artists, Nashim, Fall, Number 14, 2007

Alan Artner, New exhibit gives modern focus to Spertus tradition, Chicago Tribune, Dec. 5, 2007

Blair Kamin, Blades of Glass, Chicago Tribune, Arts and Entertainment, November 25, 2007

Kevin Nance, The 2007 Fall Preview: Visual Arts, Chicago Sun-Times, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007

Staci Boris, New Authentics, catalog published in association with exhibition, 2007

Leslie Kaufman, On the Metaphysical in Art, Inside Magazine, Winter 2005, pp.50-53.

Harriet Goodheart, The True Mysteries, Not Celebrities, of Kabbalah, The Jewish Exponent,Vol. 219/No.13, 12/22/05

Miriam Seidel, The Hidden Garden: Three Artists Explore Kabbalah, exhibition catalog, 2005

Gloria Orenstein, Contemporary Jewish Women Artists Visualize the Invisible, FEMSPEC, 2005

Dan Bischoff, The Star Ledger, October 1, 2004, p. 52.

NEWS-RECORD of South Orange and Maplewood, NJ, September 9, 2004, p. 3.

Tina Wasserman, Dialogue, Arts in the Midwest, Sept/Oct 1996

James Yood, New Art Examiner, 23, 10 (Summer 1996), pp. 41-42.

Lisa Stein, New City, May 16-22, 1996, p. 22.

Lori Gray, The Chicago Tribune, February 24, 1995

Contemporary Art Workshop 1949-1989, designed and written by Alex Nelson, Chicago, IL

Garrett Holg, Departures from Architecture, New Art Examiner, 16,10 (June, 1989), pp. 45-46.

Cara Glatt, Leopold Bloom ate with relish…,Hyde Park Herald, 3/15/89, pp. 10, 20.

Michael Bonesteel, Pioneer Press, Evanston, IL, 3/19/89

Larry Lundy, Interiors, New Art Examiner, 15,4, (December, 1987), pp. 48-49

Collections

  • The Jewish Museum, NYC
  • The Spertus Museum, Chicago
  • Numerous private collections

Education

  • MTS, Spirituality, Art, Healthcare, Justice and Social Transformation, PSR/GTU, Berkeley, CA, 2019
  • MFA, Painting & Drawing and New Genres, Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Elkins Park, PA, 1984
  • BA, Visual Art, emphasis Painting & Drawing, Brown University with classes at RISD, Providence, RI, 1980
  • Junior Year Abroad, Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy, 1978-79