Sherri Littlefield was born in Milwaukee, WI and raised in Central Florida. Littlefield earned her MFA in Photography from the University of Central Florida and her BS in Studio Art at Florida State University. After graduate school, Littlefield moved to Atlanta, Georgia and began her career dividing time between academia, retail and modeling. Sherri currently lives and works as an artist, curator and occasional model in New York City.
Immediately after graduating from Florida State University, I began graduate school at the University of Central Florida. During my graduate studies my work was featured during the Brighton Photo Biennial and the Aperture Foundation in New York. An internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Tandem Press and coordinating events with Snap! Orlando sparked my interest in galleries and art business. After graduate school, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia and was hired at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where I assisted setup and implementation of the digital fabrication facilities. I eventually took a job managing a gallery in New York City.
Earlier this year, I launched Treat Gallery. Our exhibitions have been featured on ArteFuse and dnainfo New York. Treat Gallery has quarterly exhibitions that donate a portion of proceeds to various non-profits and charities throughout the boroughs of New York City. I also currently serve on the advisory committee for Parsons School of Design’s Making Center (opening in Fall 2016) and Platform Art Fair. As an educator, artist and curator, I aim to use my skills toward positive causes.
Florida State’s Motto: “vires, artes, mores” translates to “strength, skill, character”, and I definitely came out of FSU with those values engrained into my being. I was a member of Marching Chiefs and dealt with the rewarding challenge of balancing many half-time show rehearsals with time demanding art projects. There are still professors at Florida State I reach out to on a regular basis.
Make as much work as possible. Utilize your professors – they hold a plethora of knowledge if you’re willing to listen. Higher education helps you think critically. Experiment with the facilities that you’re given. Respect your colleagues. Never have an “I-can-do-that” attitude when looking at work, and be realistic when pricing your work. Too many of my students set themselves up for disappointment when their $2000 print doesn’t sell.