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Artist: Joshua Hershman

  • Originally from Colorado, Joshua Hershman was born in 1981 and first began working with glass at the age of 17. In 2004, he graduated from the prominent Craft and Design Program at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada. In 2008, he went on to earn a BFA with Distinction from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. Most recently, he was invited to attend the Master’s program at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, in the Sculptural/Dimensional Studies program.

    With a background in craft and design, Hershman uses his dynamic range of skills including flameworking, glass blowing, coldworking, and casting to create highly detailed, innovative, and thought provoking sculpture. Joshua was raised in a socially conscious household, where artistic paths were fostered from an early age. Being born with no peripheral vision or depth perception, decades of vision therapy led him to have a lifelong fascination with the complex nature of the visual system as well as the science of light and optics. By using cameras themselves as frames for his experimental photographic processes, Hershman asks us to look more closely into the simple act of taking a photograph. His work focuses on the significance that film and photography have played on the development of contemporary global culture, and shows how the complex nature of our image-based society is constantly being redefined by the lens.

    Over the past 16 years, Hershman has worked closely with several internationally recognized artists, and has exhibited at SOFA Chicago, ArtHamptons, and The Armory Show. His work has received numerous awards, was included in the Bullseye e-merge 2010 international glass competition, and is part of many national and international private collections. Hershman has been invited to participate in several Artist-in-Residence programs including: North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland, D&L Art Glass in Colorado, and the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee. He taught casting at the University of Colorado, and has lectured at many academic and creative institutions throughout the United States. Most recently, Joshua has been nominated by the American Craft Council for the first ever Emerging Voices Award.

  • 2014 Emerging Voices Award Nomination, American Craft Council, MN
    2014 The Glass Prize, Honorable Mention, Warmglass, UK
    2011 Niche Awards Finalist, Niche Magazine, Philadelphia, PA
    2010 Merit Award, Buyers Market of American Craft, Baltimore, MD
    2006 George and Dorothy Saxe Merit Scholarship, Oakland, CA
    2004 Betty Cantor Silent Night Award, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
    2004 1st place, Art For life Art Auction, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    2002 Honorable Mention, International Student Exhibition, Glass Art Society, Holland

  • Solo Exhibitions
    2012 Photocentric, JGK Gallery, Rochester, NY
    2009 Day Residue, Pismo Fine Art, Denver, CO
    2008 Day Residue, North Gallery, Oakland, CA

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2014 SOFA Chicago, AiBo Gallery, Chicago, IL
    2014 The Armory Show, AiBo Gallery. NY, NY
    2014 ArtHamptons, AiBo Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
    2013 Pilchuck On Display, Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA
    2012 CCA Glass Program Alumni Exhibition, Oliver Center, Oakland, CA
    2012 SOFA Chicago, Pismo Fine Art, Chicago, IL
    2012 2012 Glass Weekend, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA
    2010 e-merge 2010, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR
    2009 Residents Exhibition, Quatre Bras Gallery, Lybster, Scotland
    2009 In Camera, Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    2008 International Student Exhibit, Museum of Craft, Portland, OR
    2008 New Visions, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
    2008 30 under 30, Varnish Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    2008 Juried Annual, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
    2007 Mash-Up, Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA
    2006 American Mythology, Oliver Arts Center, Oakland, CA
    2006 Peep!, Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA
    2006 Interface, Oliver Arts Center, Oakland, CA
    2005 Featured Artist, Glasshouse Studio and Gallery, Seattle, WA
    2004 Cross Country Exhibition, Galerie Elena Lee, Montreal, Quebec
    2004 In-Direction, Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Waterloo, ON
    2004 Emergence, Material Matters Gallery, Toronto, ON
    2003 G.A.A.C. Members Exhibition, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
    2002 International Student Exhibit, G.A.S. Conference, Amsterdam, Holland