920 Cranbrook Court #40

Davis, CA 95616


Cheselyn Amato is an interdisciplinary visual artist, spoken text and sound performer, space/place designer and maker, and experiential conductor/facilitator working across 2D, 3D and 4D with an emphasis on enacting circumstances for the experience of sublimity, awe and delight via the orchestration of visual props and cues as well as sound and colored light phenomena.


 Selected Exhibitions


  • Uncontrollable Beauty – 231 Jewels, AXIS Gallery, Sacramento


  • Sacramento Open Studios, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, September
  • Swag with Love, AXIS Gallery, Sacramento


  • The Pink Show, Contemporary Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA


  •  (Extra)ordinary Evidence, Chochmat Halev Gallery, Berkeley, CA
  • Visual Discourses on the Abrahamic Religions, Islamic Cultural Center, Oakland, CA


  • Flatlanders on the Slant, Nelson Gallery, UC Davis, CA
  • The End, Tangent Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • Diverse Visions of Harmony, Islamic Cultural Center, Oakland, CA
  • Contra Costa JCC, Exhibition and Performance, Walnut Creek, CA


  • Gallery A, Administration Building, Sierra College, Rocklin, CA
  • The Fear Show, Tangent Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • Women of the Book, International Visual Torah Project, Torah Scroll and Online
  • Sanctuaries in Time, JWAN, Kraft Center, Columbia University, NYC


  • Dura Europos Project, Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
  • Reinventing Ritual, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF, (traveling from the JM, NYC)
  • Generation D: Identities, Flomenhaft Gallery, NYC, 12/14/2010
  • Emanating Stars, Friedman Gala Tribute Event, Sacramento, CA
  • Seduced by the Sacred. JCC/Charter Oak, Hartford, CT
  • Group Show, Rockridge Library, Oakland, CA
  • Liberation Garden: Healing and Redemption After Slavery, Afikomen Judaica, Berkeley, CA


  • Reinventing Ritual, The Jewish Museum, NY, NY
  • What Does It Say To You?, Spertus Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Faculty Exhibition, American River College, Sacramento, CA
  • Faculty Exhibition, Sierra College, Rocklin, CA
  • New Works/Old Story: 80 Artists at the Passover Table, The Contemporary Jewish Museum SF, CA


  • Who’s the Fairest of Them All: Women Artists’ Perspectives on Justice, HangArt, SF, CA
  • Sierra College Faculty Show, Union Hall Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • Flatlanders: Regional Roundup II, Nelson Gallery, UC Davis, Summer 2008


  • The New Authentics, Spertus Museum, Chicago, IL


  • Group Show, Studio 18 Gallery, New York, NY
  • Vulnerability in the Presence of Love is Heaven, interactive performance, Evanston, IL


  • The Hidden Garden, The Gershman JCC Y, Philadelphia, PA, curated by Miriam Seidel


  • The Wild and The Tame & The Gestation of Mature Love, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ
  • Scanners, Flatfile Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Ner Tamid, Curators’ Choice, Spertus Museum of Judaica, Chicago, IL


  • Apparitions in the Backyard, Flatfile Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Fotowerks, Flatfile Photography, Chicago, IL
  • Anniversary Show, Unit B Gallery, Chicago, IL


  • The Manna Redemption, Faculty Sabbatical Exhibition, Betty Rymer Gallery, SAIC, IL
  • Behold Your Treasure, Transmit its Beauty, interactive performance ritual, Evanston, IL
  • Piece Process, interfaith healing project, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • I Love American, Unit B Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Group Show, Studio 18 Gallery, New York, New York


  • Behold Shekinah: Her Indwelling Presence Amongst Us, interactive performance, Evanston, IL
  • Vocalizing the Song of Shekinah: Improvisational Prayer, performance, Studio Pardes, Oak Park
  • Visualizing The Tree of Life, interactive performance ritual, Studio Pardes, Oak Park, IL
  • Honoring Shekinah: Jewish Feminine Voices, Pardes Studio, Oak Park, IL


  • Cleaning House, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL


  • Domestic Taboo, Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL


  • A Temple in Honor of Life Lived Everyday-An Unfinished Song of Love, The Chicago Cultural Center
  • The Tikkun Series:  Reparation and Redemption, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Above and Below:  The Human Heavenly Body, Indiana University, Northwest, Gary, IN
  • Why Is This Night Different…?, DePaul University Gallery, Chicago, IL

Spoken Text/Poetry Performances

  • Stay Amazed, poetry reading, Laila’s, Berkeley, CA 2015
  • Stay Amazed, poetry book release, JCC Berkeley, CA 2014
  • Poetry Reading, Liz Filmer Gallery, Berkeley, CA, 2014
  • The Huddle, interdisciplinary interactive performance, Berkeley, CA, 2013
  • Remembering Who I Am, Sierra College, Rocklin, CA, May 2010
  • Ah Ha Yah, Afikomen Judaica, Berkeley, CA, June 6, 2010
  • Ah ha, Beamer Street Studio, Woodland, CA, 2008
  • Dollar Collar, Studio 18 Gallery, NYC, 2005
  • The Wild and the Tame, spoken text performance, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ, 2004
  • Selections from Gates to Ecstasy, Curious Theatre Branch, Lunar Cabaret, Chicago, IL, 2002

Panels and Lectures

  • Artist’s Talk, Chochmat Halev Gallery, Berkeley, CA, 2013
  • Lecture, Art and Identity, Dialogues in American Culture series, Sierra College, 2011
  • Artist Lecture, Afikomen Judaica, Berkeley, CA 2010
  • Visiting Artist, Columbia College, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Panelist, Contemporary Art and Kabbalah, Gershman JCC, Philadelphia, 2005
  • Visiting Artist, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL April, 2004.
  • Panelist, Women’s History Month:  Exploring Gender, SAIC, 2001.
  • Lecturer, Contemporary Art and Judaism, Kallah Convention, U of Oregon, Corvallis, 1999.

Reviews, Journals, Catalogs, and Bookcovers

  • Stay Amazed, poetry anthology, published by Poetry Flash Flyers, 2014
  • 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, cover art, ed. Derek Rubin, Brandeis University Press, 2010, cover art
  • 500 Judaica, Lark Books
  • 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, 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,
  • Volume 219, Number 13, 12/22/05.
  • Miriam Seidel, The Hidden Garden: Three Artists Explore Kabbalah, exhibition catalog, 2005
  • Gloria Orenstein, “Vision and Visibility: Contemporary Jewish Women Artists Visualize the Invisible,” FEMSPEC, 2005.
  • Dan Bischoff, The Star Ledger, October 1, 2004, p. 52.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999
  • Present Company, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 2000
  • Roger Brown Studio and George Veronda Pavilion, New Buffalo, MI, 1999


  • Faculty Sabbatical, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fall 2001
  • Faculty Enrichment Grant, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2001, 1997, 1995
  • Illinois Arts Special Assistance Grant, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, 1996
  • Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, Chicago, 1995


  • The Jewish Museum, NYC
  • The Spertus Museum, Chicago
  • Private collections

 Education and Certifications

  • MFA, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA, 1984
  • BA, Brown University, Providence, RI, 1980
  • Junior Year Abroad, Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy, 1978-79
  • Trainer Certification, American Society for Training & Development, 12/13/2013
  • Hospice Volunteer Certification, Sacramento Hospice Consortium, 2012
  • Small Business Development Training, SBCD Greater Sacramento & Sierra College, 2011
  • Distance and Hybrid Online Teacher Training, Faculty Training and Development, Sierra College, 2010


  • The College Art Association (CAA)
  • National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
  • American Society for Training & Development-Sacramento Chapter (ASTD)
  • Speakers Network-Sacramento

Teaching History/Employment History)

ITT Technical Institute – Rancho Cordova (May 2014-Present)

Admissions Representative

  • Respond to inquiries, conduct admissions interviews, and identify appropriate applicants.
  • Guide students throughout the entire application process including attainment of required application documents and subsequent follow-up, assisting them through first quarter registration to maximize and foster retention.
  • Apply problem solving skills to help students overcome objections and obstacles within a context of set goals, complex timetables, and firm deadlines.
  • Provide guidance to a large cohort of first generation college applicants as well as educationally and economically less advantaged students for whom mentorship is critical to successful completion of the application process and to the design and implementation of practical plans for living, working, and going to school by orchestrating and carefully monitoring institutional support networks for each student.

The Art Institute of California–San Francisco (July 2012-September 2013)

Assistant Director of Admissions

  • Responded to inquiries, conducted admissions interviews, and identified appropriate applicants for the pursuit of creative careers in media arts, design, culinary and fashion.
  • Responsible for recognizing matches between students and programs, and overall fit with the school.
  • Guided students throughout the entire application process including attainment of required application documents and subsequent follow-up, assisting them through first quarter registration to maximize and foster retention.
  • Applied problem solving skills to help students overcome objections and obstacles within a context of set goals, complex timetables, and firm deadlines.
  • Provided guidance to a large cohort of first generation college applicants as well as educationally and economically less advantaged students for whom mentorship is critical to successful completion of the application process and to the design and implementation of practical plans for living, working, and going to school by orchestrating and carefully monitoring institutional support networks for each student.

Sierra College, Rocklin, CA  (Fall, 2008 – Fall, 2011), Faculty: Drawing 1, Art Appreciation

  • Contributed to development and assessment of student learning objectives and outcomes via participation in SLO design and evaluation.
  • Contributed as a presenter in Cultural Discourses lecture series, exhibited in faculty exhibitions, and presented several performance works in the classroom and for the Sierra community.

American River College, Sacramento, CA, Spring 2008-Fall 2009, Faculty: Introduction to Art, Drawing 1, Children & Art


Art Institute of California, Sacramento, CA, Winter 2009, Faculty: Color Theory


California College of Art, Oakland campus, Summer 2007, Faculty: Pre-College Program, Drawing


University of California-Davis, CA, Summer 2006, Faculty: Department of Art and Art History, Painting Materials and Carriers


Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL, Spring 2006, Faculty: Adult Education, Painting and Drawing


Columbia College, Chicago, IL Fall 2004-Fall 2006, Faculty, Art and Design Department, Drawing and Portfolio Consultant, Career Planning Office


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL  ( Spring, 1985 – Spring, 2004)

Faculty, Undergraduate, Graduate, and Continuing Studies (Pre-College and Adult Learner) Divisions, Foundation Program and Painting & Drawing Department

  • Courses taught: 2-D I: Foundation Drawing and Design; 2-D II: Color, Abstraction, and Conceptual and Non-traditional Approaches; Foundation Research Studio: Development of Ideas via Interdisciplinary Practice (2-D, 3-D, 4-D) – Hidden Treasure, Secret Codes & Simple Truths; Multi-level Figure Drawing; Multi-level Studio Drawing; Beginning Painting; Advanced Independent Projects in Painting and Drawing; Graduate Projects Advisor and Semester Review Panelist.
  • Committees: First Year Program Extravaganza, First Year Program Curriculum and Restructuring, UG Curriculum and Evaluation, Exhibition & Events, First Year Program Merit Review, Adjunct Faculty Promotions Review.

Program & Department Coordinator/Trainer/Director

  • As Drawing and Design Area Coordinator, managed an 18-member drawing and design faculty, and designed and implemented program curricula and syllabi.  
  • As Master of Arts Art Education Summer Studio Track Coordinator, coordinated a highly selective summer program for high school teachers to develop personal work while earning an MA degree. Developed Visiting Artists Lecture series, organized critique panels, lead faculty meetings, participated in admissions process, and advised students regarding degree planning and course selection
  • Coordinated Academic Motivation Program targeting students admitted on conditional basis.
  • Experience recruiting, selecting, training, supervising, and evaluating faculty, admissions counselors, and academic advisors as well as student peer advisors and cooperative education student employees and employers.

Academic Advisor in the Office of Academic Advising and Student Success

  • As Academic Advisor for Student Success directly advised students; implemented retention strategies; facilitated effective new student orientations, move-in processes, course and semester registration processes, career days, and graduation ceremonies.
  • Contributed to a retention initiative that rendered a 5% increase over a two-year period.
  • Supported students to identify programs, select courses, meet requirements, and successfully earn degrees by developing excellent relationships with students and working hard to create strategies and tools that are attractive to students.
  • Mentored and coached a diverse population of new, transfer and continuing students – undergraduate, graduate and adult learners – including underrepresented and academically less advantaged students as well as first generation college, veterans, returning, at-risk, and international students, helping them with simple to complex academic, administrative, social, and personal matters including mediating conflict situations.
  • Maintained confidential data, evaluated program effectiveness, and increased student involvement.
  • Edited Academic Advisor Handbook for Faculty and Staff. Developed copy for school’s website.

Admissions Counselor and Recruiter

  • Served as first point of contact providing in-depth information and as a presenter at admissions events promoting institutional profile, programs and policies to prospective students, parents, counselors, and the general public during on campus visits and off campus events all over the country ensuring a positive and dynamic institutional image based in comprehensive job and field knowledge and deep commitment to servicing students.
  • Proactively counseled students through the admissions process from beginning to end resulting in many admissions and merit scholarship winners. Comprehensive and detailed knowledge of key recruitment tools as well as competing institutions.
  • Experience evaluating transcripts, and working with confidential student records and sensitive matters.
  • Wrote and presented informational and promotional marketing, outreach and recruiting materials including short and succinct scripts for colleagues to use in phone conversations and brief encounters with prospective students.
  • Created strategy for the establishment of positive institutional image as first point of contact and liaison between institution and the public.

Cooperative Education Advisor

  • Guided students through co-op experience, helping them to manage the employer/employee dynamic and the content, duties, and responsibilities of the particular job.
  • Evaluated employment sites and employers both for value to and safety of students.
  • Helped students develop professionalism and competence to successfully serve employers for sustained employment opportunities in the present and to maintain good relations with the participating employers.