J. Cheryl Bookout

Julia Cheryl Bookout is the Executive Director and Founder of The Chimaera Project. She has a passion for filmmaking and collaborative public art projects.

As an individual artist, Bookout is included in the California Women Artist Project archived at the University of Southern California and Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, a project organized by Gloria Orenstein, Professor of Women in Literature and Art at USC. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Mil-Tree Veteran Project and the Joshua Tree Retreat Center; Advisory Board Member for Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art (SCWCA); past President of SCWCA 2012 – 2016; 1999-2017 curated numerous gallery and museum exhibitions and has been a guest speaker on art-related panels throughout the U.S. 

Bookout has co-produced two award-winning short films and is currently co-directing a short documentary, Beauty Bubble, and co-producing a feature-length documentary, Acting Like Women: Performance Art and the Woman’s Building.