Sherri Van Pelt


Sherri Van Pelt is perhaps best known for the work she has done to promote opportunities in the arts for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. As an occupational therapist and nonprofit executive, she frequently lectured both locally and nationally on the therapeutic value of the arts. Sherri served as the senior director of development and community relations for the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center from 2007-2011, during that time and in collaboration with Ed Partridge, M.D., former director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, she envisioned, founded and produced the inaugural ArtBlink Gala in 2008. Sherri’s professional career, anchored in the medical arena and surrounded by the arts community, spanned a period of more than 40 years.  She began working in kiln formed glass in 2010 and retired to become a full time glass artist in 2015.   She is an award winning artist and her work has been included in Birmingham’s most prestigious juried art shows and festivals.


Like so many of you, I have lost far too many friends and loved ones to cancer. I have also been personally touched by cancer. I am a 15-year breast cancer survivor and my husband, Pete, was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.  Having had the opportunity to work at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, I have witnessed first-hand UAB’s deep commitment to patient care and research.  The vision of the Cancer Center is a world without cancer and I am honored to support this vision as an ArtBlink artist.  The work I have created for ArtBlink 2019 is a multicolored glass vessel to hold the prayers for the Cancer Center. The vessel is inspired by the many faces of cancer and the colors of the ribbons for each cancer diagnosis. I invite you to join me in adding your prayers, wishes and hopes to our prayer bowl.