Nanci Hersh is interested in the passing down of information genetically, socially, and historically. She is inspired by what we as humans leave behind, and how this continues to shape our identity. Thus, she uses media such as graphite, netting, wires, and collage to connect life experiences to water. Her out-of-the-box techniques reference the body which house our spirits as well as our baggage. Nanci received her BFA with honors from the Pratt Institute in New York and her MFA with honors from the University of Hawaii. She also attended the Santa Reparata Graphic Center in Florence, Italy. She is currently a Teaching Artist at YoungMoms, a Master Teaching Artist for NJSCA, and a Teaching Artist for the Young Audiences of New Jersey.
By Linda Rosenblum
2011 Walks thru Life: Shoe Portraits,Tideline Gallery, Hockessin, DE.
2011 Walks thru Life: Shoe Portraits, The Paper Market, Kennett Square, PA.
2010 Slowing Down to Catch Up: a mixed media installation, the FashionCenter, New York, NY.
2010 Koi Pond Series, Empowered Yoga Studio, Newark, DE.
2007 Nanci Hersh: The Making of a Book, Middletown Township Public Library, Middletown, NJ.
2005 Life is but a Dream, Gallery on Grant, Deal, NJ.
1995 Ranch Camp Series, The Pegge Hopper Gallery, Honolulu, HI.
1989 Streetwise, Gallery at Hawaii Loa College, Kaneohe, HI.
2012 Regional Art Exhibition, Center for Creative Arts. Yorklyn, DE.
2011 Willow on State, Kennett Square, PA
2011 The Herspace Collection: Art & the Breast Cancer Journey, Gallery on
2011 Grant, Deal, NJ. Curated by Dr. Beth Deutch & Toby Shylit Mack.
2010 For Love Not Money: A Global Mail Art Collaboration, Tallinn Print
2010 Triennial, Estonia. Curated by Eileen Foti & Eve Kask.
2009 transFORMation: Making Art from Recycled and Reused Materials,
2009 Bucks County Community College in the Artmobile (the collegeʼs
2009 Traveling art museum.) Curated by Rebecca Kelly.
2008 Summer Exhibition, Gallery on Grant, Deal, NJ. Curated by Arlene Mollow and Clare Boren.
2007 The Demoiselles Revisited, Francis M.Naumann Fine Art. New York, NY. Curated by Francis M.Naumann.
2007 I Will Survive, AtlantiCare Women’s Health & Wellness Center, New Jersey. Curated by Dorrie Papademetriou, Exhibitions Manager, Noyes Museum, Smithville, NJ.
2007 Print and Papermaking Possibilities: Traditional Methods and
2007 Recent Innovations.”The Visceglia Gallery, Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ. Curated by Kendall Baker.
2006 Home Grown, Arts Guild of Rahway, New Jersey. Curated by Eileen Foti.
2006 Recuerde*Remember: An Altar Show, The Pegge Hopper Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii.
2006 Visual Poetry, Stedman Gallery, Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, Camden, New Jersey.
2006 Two Plus One, Mitchell Sanborn Gallery, Keyport, New Jersey.
2006 Diving Into Digital,” Bergen Museum, Paramus, NJ. Curated by Natalia Kolodzei.
2006 Breast Cancer: An Artist’s View, Gallery 1978, Springfield, NJ. Curated by Clara Manheim.
2006 As She Sees It; 8 Artists, Pierro Gallery of South Orange, Baird Center, NJ. Curated by Susan Napack.
2004, 05 Art of Survival, Herspace, West Long Branch, New Jersey.
2004, 05 Loss (and Found),”Count Basie Theatre Window, Red Bank, NJ.
2004, 05 Small Impressions, Printmaking Council of NJ.
2004,‘02, ‘01 Monmouth County Arts Council Juried Art Show, Monmouth Museum, Middletown, NJ.
2003, 1998 Annual State Juried Exhibition, Art Alliance, Red Bank, New Jersey.
2003 47th Annual National Juried Print Exhibition, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ.
2003 Small Works Invitational, Prince Street Gallery, New York, New York.
2003 Iron Works, Anne Reid Gallery, Princeton Day School, Princeton, NJ. Curated by John Goodyear.
2003 National Printmaking 2003, The College of New Jersey , Ewing, NJ.
2002 Working in New Jersey: Prints and Multiples by Fifteen New Jersey Artists, The Chubb Atrium Gallery, Warren, NJ curated by Donna Gustafson.
2002 46th Annual National Juried Print Exhibition, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ.
2001 New Members Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ. Curated by Stephen Sennott, Director.
2001 Northeast Prints 2001, Ben Shahn Galleries, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ.
2001 Humanity, Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Somerset, NJ.
2000 Visions of Place, Triumph Restaurant and Brewery, Princeton, NJ
1999 Recent Works: Brown, De La Garza, Hersh, Laredo Community College Teaching Gallery, Laredo, TX.
1999 Contemporary Collaborations: The Artist and the Master Printer, Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA. Curated by E.Foti.
1999 Heart of the Matter, The Pegge Hopper Gallery, Honolulu, HI. Curated by A.K. Blackburn and Karen Hong.
1999 Night, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia.
1999 Hands Across the Water: Heads Across the Sky Hawaii/ Australia, Leeward Community College Foyer Gallery, Honolulu, HI.
1997 Powerful Images, Krasdale Gallery, New York. Curated by S. Balka.
1997 Uncommon Threads, Sleeth Gallery, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV. Curated by Eileen Foti.
1997 Gallery 37, Summit, NJ. Curated by Robert Greco.
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Herspace, West Long Branch, NJ.
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii.
State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawaii.
The Honolulu Advertiser, Hawaii.
Johnson and Johnson, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Lehigh Portland Cement, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Kaiser Permanente, Hawaii.
STW Fixed Income Management, California.
OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Melville, New York.
GRANTS and HONORS
2012 Honorable Mention, Regional Art Exhibition, Center for Creative Arts. Yorklyn, PA.
2010 Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant. Pennsylvania Council of the Arts- PPA Project Stream Grant.
2007 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award
2004 Honorable Mention, Monmouth County Arts Council Art Show, Monmouth Museum, Middletown, New Jersey.
2003 Honorable Mention, Annual State Exhibition,”Art Alliance, Red Bank, New Jersey.
2003 Governor’s Award for Leader in Arts Education
2003 Distinguished Teacher Artist, New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
2003,’00,’97 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Artist in Education Grant.
1996 40th Annual National Print Exhibition, Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, “New Jersey. Johnson and Johnson Purchase Award.
1994 Honolulu Printmakers Award
1991,’97 Purchase Award, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
TEACHING AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
2012 Guide Training Program, DCCA (Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts,) Wilmington, DE.
2012 Teaching Artist, Book Arts, Printmaking. Delaware College of Art & Design Continuing Ed, Wilmington, DE>
2010-Present Teaching Artist, Books Arts, Printmaking, YoungMoms, Kennett Square, PA
2010 Teaching Artist, Printmaking, “After The Bell,” Kennett -After -School Association.2010
2010 Teaching Artist, After School Mural Club, Germantown High School,PA.
2009 Teaching Artist, Contemporary Connections, DE Center for Contemporary Art, Bancroft School, Wilmington, DE.
2009 Guest Speaker, “The Power to Heal Ourselves and Loved Ones.” Chai Lifeline Teleconference.
2008 Keynote speaker, “Cancer through an Artist’s Eye”, Riddle Hospital Survivor Day, Media, PA.
2007-Present Master Teaching Artist for NJSCA,
2008 Panelist, New Jersey State Council of the Arts, Arts in Communities.
2007, 08 Artist in Residence, David Brearely High School, Kenilworth, NJ.
Recipient of Best Practices Award for New Jersey School.
2006, 08 Panelist, New Jersey State Council of the Arts, Artist in Education.
Adjunct Professor, Printmaking, Montclair State University, NJ.
2006 Illustrated and published book, Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings;
When someone you love has cancer… a hopeful, helpful book for kids.
Panelist, New Jersey State Council of the Arts, Artist in Education.
Adjunct Professor, Printmaking, Montclair State University, NJ.
2006, 05, ‘99 Visiting Artist, Hawaii School for Girls, Honolulu, HI.
2005, 04 Curator, Art of Survival, Herspace, West Long Branch, NJ.
2001- Present Teaching Artist, Young Audiences of New Jersey
2004,’03, ‘99 Adjunct Professor, Printmaking, Drawing, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey.
2004 Teaching Artist, Community Connections, a partnership with Middletown
Township Cultural & Art and s Council and Young Audiences of NJ.
2003, ’02, 01 Artist in Residence, H.W. Mountz School, Spring Lake, NJ. Recipient of Best Practices Award for New Jersey School.
Artist in Residence, Woodrow Wilson School, Weehauken, NJ. Artist in Residence, Essex Fells School, Essex Fells, NJ.
1998 Artist in Residence, Cornerstone School, Jersey City, NJ.
1996 Instructor Drawing, Printmaking, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ.
1997, ’96 Administrator, Brodsky Center (formerly Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, New Brunswick, NJ.
Assistant to Master Printer Eileen Foti, Brodsky Center New Brunswick, NJ.
1995 Co-curator, Is That Peace I See?, The Pegge Hopper Gallery, Honolulu, HI.
1995-’84 Gallery Manager, The Pegge Hopper Gallery, Honolulu, HI.
1994 Adjunct Professor, Art 101, Chaminade University of Honolulu, HI.
1993, ’92 Vice President, Honolulu Printmakers, Honolulu, Hawaii.
1994 University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii. M.F.A. with honors.
1991 Santa Reparata Graphic Art Center, Florence, Italy.
1981 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. B.F.A. with honors