Cherie Sampson (b. Superior, Wisconsin, 1963) has worked for 25 years as an interdisciplinary artist in environmental performance, sculpture and video art. She has exhibited internationally in live performances, art-in-nature symposia, video screenings and installations in the US, Finland, Norway, Holland, Cuba, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong and other countries. Recent solo exhibitions/performances include “Purificación” - a weeklong performance series at Tufiarte, Gran Canaria, Spain and Puut Punalle Maat Sinelle (Red the Trees & Green the Land) at the Pori Art Museum in Pori, Finland. Cherie is the recipient of a number of fellowships & grants including two Fulbright Fellowships, a Finnish Cultural Foundation Grant, three Finlandia Foundation Grants and multiple internal research grants for artistic projects from the University of Missouri. She received her Master of Fine Art Degree in Intermedia & Video Art from the University of Iowa, 1997. Professional Memberships include Artists in Nature International Network (AiNIN) since 2003 as well as board membership at Soorya Performing Arts in St. Louis, Missouri. Cherie divides her time between the University of Missouri where she is an Associate Professor of Art and her organic farm in Northeast Missouri where she initiates and creates many of her art works in the wooded and cultivated environments. In addition to her work as a performance artist, she has been studying and practicing Bharatanatyam (South Indian classical dance) since January, 2009 with Prasanna Kasthuri (2009-2014) and Anjali Tata-Hudson, starting in September 2014.