Cheryl Dunn looks beyond the boundaries of high art to new art forms emerging from youth and street culture. In her photographs and videos, Dunn documents contemporary modes of self-expression among young people including the art of graffiti and skateboarding. She brings to light the importance and value of their voice and finds beauty and power in their unaffected creative expression, freethinking, and nonconformity.
Dunn has exhibited her photographs in group exhibitions nationwide and has participated in film festivals internationally. In 2002 she completed a residency at the Wexner Center for the Arts and produced the documentary film Licking the Bowl in response to Free Basin, a sculptural project using skateboarding forms created by SIMPARCH, a Chicago-based artist collaborative.