Born in New Mexico and raised in the Upper Midwest, CHERYL WALSH BELLVILLE has a BFA in Photography from the University of Minnesota where she studied under the late social documentary photographer Jerome Liebling. First exhibiting at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Biennial in 1970 and continuing to both exhibit and free-lance commercially until 2005 when she retired from assignment work. During the 1970’s and 1980’s she authored and/or photo-illustrated fourteen award winning books for young readers. One of these books, Powwow Summer, a Family Celebrates the Circle of Life, was republished in 2013 by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. After a life-long interest in social documentary work, recent projects have been quieter and more contemplative, often using old techniques and unusual cameras such as pinholes and plastic toy cameras from the 1950’s. Work is represented in the collections of the Minnesota and New Mexico Historical Societies, The Minnesota Museum of American Art, and various individual, non-profit, and corporate collections. Presently she lives between rural Wisconsin and New Mexico, and is the owner of the CWB Gallery and photo studio in Magdalena, NM.