Latent Emissions, Chakaia Booker
Cheryl Urlich’s life has taken her around the world.
From Illinois to Austria, Florida to Canada, she has now landed in Indiana. But with all of that transition, there has been one constant for Cheryl - her passion for volunteering for arts organizations.
She shared, “I love the theatre. So, during my family’s six years in Vienna, Austria I wanted to to find an outlet to give back to the community, while still working on something I truly love. Lucky for me, I found the Vienna International School.” Although she had many hats to wear in this volunteering role, her favorite was working on the production of plays. Cheryl explained, “Each year the school would put on a myriad of plays and theatre events. I was thrilled to be involved in organizing and creating the costumes, makeup, hair, and sets. To see them come together and be realized by the students on stage was a joy for me.”
Abbey in Durstein, Austria
Now in South Bend, Cheryl was lucky to find the Snite Museum of Art through a friend - fellow Board Member Rose Lyphout.
“When I moved to Granger, Rose was already on the Board of the Friends of the Snite Museum. She was so kind to invite me to go along on one of the Art and Architecture trips. We went to Toledo, Ohio to visit the Toledo Museum of Art and the Glass Pavilion and I had a fantastic time,” Cheryl said.
At that stage, Cheryl knew she wanted to become more involved with the Snite and began volunteering her time. Her passion for volunteering in an arts organization is evident when she discusses Halloween at the Snite Museum. “We live in a neighborhood that unfortunately doesn’t get any trick-or-treaters. So, I especially enjoy volunteering for this event, because Halloween is my favorite holiday! I love seeing all the different costumes, as well as how excited the children get about the arts and crafts that are provided.”
Cheryl’s relationship with the Snite truly became solidified when her nomination to the Board by Rose was approved in 2015. She said, “Being on the Board of the Friends of the Snite Museum has allowed me to continue to explore art in new ways. Although my deep appreciation and understanding of art truly began while living in Vienna (I love Klimt!), it has been thrilling for me to explore all of the collections right here at Notre Dame. From the exhibitions to the social activities, like the relaxing jazz nights, it is wonderful to have a resource like the Snite Museum of Art right here in our Michiana community.”
Joanne D. Fahey, Board of Directors