Cherie Sampson has worked for thirty years as an interdisciplinary artist in environmental performance, sculpture, video art and dance. She has exhibited internationally in art-in-nature symposia, video/film screenings and exhibitions in many countries, with site-based solo performances presented in the U.S., Finland, Norway, Cuba, Spain, South Korea and in the Netherlands. In 2018, the Pori Museum of Art in Pori, Finland acquired photographic and video documentation of Sampson’s site-based installations and performances created over a 20-year period in Finland for their permanent collection. Recent exhibitions and public presentations include “The Quality of Being Fleeting” at the Currents 826 Gallery for the Currents New Media Festival 2022 in Santa Fe and the theatrical reading of “every.single.one,” one of the featured full-length plays for the 2022 Mizzou New Play Series. Her current performance work depicts an experience with hereditary breast cancer exploring topics of science, genetics and integrative healing from a patient’s perspective of modern medicine. An upcoming solo exhibition will take place at the Smith Center for Healing & the Arts in Washington D.C. in the spring of 2023. In addition to her creative work, Sampson serves as a patient advocate in several organizations: the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO), Facing Our Risk Empowered (FORCE) and the DoD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (BCRP).
Professor Sampson is the recipient of many grants including two Fulbright Fellowships, a Finnish Cultural Foundation Grant, multiple university research and the recent Arts & Humanities Creative Works Fellowship. Sampson is a Professor in the School of Visual Studies at the University of Missouri, teaching in the Art and Digital Storytelling programs. She divides her time between her academic and artistic life and the organic farm where she lives - a site for many of her works. She received her MFA degree in Intermedia & Video Art (with a minor in Sculpture) from the University of Iowa in 1997.