University of Mount Olive to Feature Cheryl Hinton Hooks Art Exhibit

MOUNT OLIVE – The Opening Reception for the Cheryl Hinton Hooks Art Exhibition is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, from 3 to 6 PM in the Teresa Pelt Grubbs Fine Arts Gallery located at 500 Herring Drive in Laughinghouse Hall.  The exhibition grew out of a sabbatical awarded by the University of Mount Olive and will display works in response to Hooks’ investigation in four areas: social advocacy, creativity, spirituality and family.

Hooks gives voice to these ideas through painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and writing. Her most recent works include images of several interrelated themes. The Wounded of the World includes images and writings in response to human trafficking and domestic abuse. Remember Who You Are deals with her family stories and what she feels are pressing issues for women today. Seeking the Sacred Earth offers landscapes, photographs, and sculptures, which relate to spiritual practices and everyday awareness of the sacredness all around us. The Collaborative Project of paintings by Hooks and poems by Lenard Moore, also of the University of Mount Olive, is the outcome of an intimate look at the landscapes of our state.

Hooks, professor of fine arts at UMO, received her bachelor of arts in commercial design from Atlantic Christian College (Barton College) in 1982 and her master of fine arts in painting and drawing from East Carolina University in 1995.  She began her teaching career at UMO in the fall of 1995.  In 2003 she received the distinguished Dr. Thomas R. Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University.  Hooks is described by her colleagues as a very creative and reflective professor who and has a genuine concern to share her gift of creativity and lessons learned through reflection with her students and colleagues.

Hooks is married to Gene Hooks.  She has three daughters, a son and a step-daughter.  The Hooks are members of Fremont United Methodist Church.

The show will be open from March15 until April 4.  For more information call 919-658-7182.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College. For more information, visit