With significant creative collaboration and no small amount of logistical coordination, former Visual Arts Department Chair Gregg Emery and D-E Parent Sue Evans were able to introduce the School’s first-ever Artist-in-Residence, Cannon Hersey, to the School earlier this spring. Cannon’s exhibit, “Bridge Conversations,” was on display at Swartley Gallery from March to May 2014, and then the NYC-based artist was back on campus in late May for two afternoon events open to all students and faculty. Cannon held a mini-lecture/artist talk to discuss his “Bridge Conversations” works – which included collaborative pieces created with Gregg Emery on campus in mid-March. Following his presentation Cannon joined the Studio Art 8 class for some silkscreen printing.
Establishing a resident artist program is not only D-E’s way of promoting the visual arts on campus, but also to introduce students to the notion of “collaborative/creative relationships between artists,” said Emery. “To have an artist of Cannon’s caliber working alongside our students in Swartley, at all grade levels,… encourage[s] fresh questions about art & art making, the business of art and echoing our continued goal of deepening student connections with their own art and the larger art world both historically and contemporary.”
Hersey is a photographer and fine & large-scale artist whose works are based on 35-mm photographs that he uses as a base from which to silkscreen, photo-etch, and other various methods. As mentioned in his online artist bio, “He is committed to connecting art and the public in unique and unexpected ways to explore the meaning of race, religion, culture and commerce in the modern global world.” It’s no surprise, then, that he is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit CrossPathCulture, whose tagline says it all: Global Community Building Through Art. For more information on Hersey and his work, visit www.cannonhersey.com.