Nona Hershey Biography

Nona Hershey




Printmaker Nona Hershey was born in New York, NY, in 1946. After graduating from Music and Art High School (now known as LaGuardia High School), during which time she attended Saturday Sculpture classes at the Pratt Institute, she enrolled atTemple University's Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Intending at first to become a sculptor, printmaking courses in her junior year changed her trajectory. She majored in printmaking and upon graduation was awarded a teaching assistantship at Tyler's program in Rome. She would continue to divide her time in Italy for two decades, returning to the US to work as a Master Printer and as an artist-in-residence at various institutions. Meanwhile she exhibited broadly in both Europe and the US, and taught art in Europe and Japan. Hershey returned to the US in the 1993 after accepting a position as professor and director of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design's printmaking department. She retired in 2018 and continues to work and exhibit.

Selected solo exhibitions:
Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY; Dolan Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Galleria Il Ponte, Rome, Italy; Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Miller Block Gallery, and Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA.

Selected collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Library of Congress; Boston Public Library; Harvard Art Museum; Yale University Art Gallery; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, CT; Minnesota Museum of Art; Cleveland Museum of Art, PA; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.; Crakow National Museum; Museo Civico, Piacenza, Italy; Museo Municipal, Caracas, Venezuela; and the National Print Cabinet, Rome

Selected awards and residencies:
Somerville Arts Council Artist Fellowship Grant (2008); Massachusetts Cultural Council Award (2004, 2018);
Assilah Forum Foundation residency, Morocco; Ballinglen Arts Foundation residency, Ireland; Ucross Foundation, WY; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts residency; the Vermont Studio Center residency; the MacDowell Colony, NH residency (twice).