C heryl and her family moved to Wallowa County in 2001 and live in Joseph. She was raised in St. Louis around Art and Photography books, the St. Louis Art Museum, photography and paintings. She received a B.A. from Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York) in 1991 with a major in Art History.
After graduating she moved to Brooklyn where she worked at a public relations firm, Michael Shepley Public Relations which promoted PBS documentaries and series such as “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” as well as “Mystery” and “Masterpiece Theatre”. Her interests grew more towards photography and began working at Photonica, a world-wide photo stock agency as a salesperson. While there she began taking photography classes at School of Visual Arts in New York. After Photonica, she worked for several photographers organizing their collections. After ten years in New York, the Coughlan’s made their way to Joseph with a newborn, Ella.
Cheryl and Brian have two children, Ella and Henry and both attend Joseph Charter School.
Cheryl says “I have been looking forward to the day that we can all come together and be welcome to a Center where people can learn, be creative and give to the community all at the same time. It’s really a dream come true.”