Lynn Herring

Lynn Herring at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art

Born in Chicago to a working-class family, Lynn Herring came to New York in her 20’s to pursue a career as an advertising art director and to develop her studio practice as a visual artist in the city that produced many of the contemporary artists that inspired her.

Living in the NYC metropolitan area gave Lynn the opportunity to study at the School of Visual Arts while working at her advertising job. She ended up taking a break from her advertising career and graduated from SVA with honors in 2008 with a BFA in Sculpture.

After graduating from the School of Visual Arts, Lynn began showing her video installations at a funky little gallery on the Lower East Side and had the remarkable opportunity to show her videos in the Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey before her eventual move to the Hudson Valley.

Upon arriving in Kingston, NY in 2016, Herring found studio space in Kingston’s Brush Factory. Here was an amazing 100-year old industrial space filled with artists and entrepreneurs quietly living and making their work.

Herring’s studio work is influenced by her work in the advertising industry where bold simple imagery and witty short headline copy is used to execute complex strategies. Her sculpture and print work have a hard-edged and clean graphic aesthetic on the one hand and a wonky cartoon-like form and line quality on the other hand. It is as if Donald Judd and Dr. Seuss collided with each other.

Her most recent work is a reengineered Tic Tac Toe game designed to “Make America Relate Again”. Created with organic crooked-shaped, brightly-colored wood Xs and Os and using a more complicated wonky-shaped game board, Herring’s game is an object used to help many different kinds of people to connect for a playful and sane moment in this time of cultural and political toxicity.

Her interest in minimalism, contemporary culture, social psychology, spirituality, play and humor inform Herring’s work.

Herring has been exhibiting her work since 2005 and has been included in several juried shows including the Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, the WAAM museum in Woodstock, NY, the Visual Arts Gallery in Chelsea and at Wired Gallery in High Falls, NY.

Herring recently completed her MFA studies with honors at SUNY New Paltz in a multi-disciplinary program with a concentration in printmaking and sculpture. She is now taking her XOX game on the road. So, keep on the lookout for her in your local diner, coffee shop, park, gallery or museum. You never know where she may pop up to play a game with you.

Click here to learn about her show that was mentioned in the interview.

The book mentioned in the interview was Slaughter House-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

XOX! Share the Love®, multi-media social art installation at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz
XOX! Share the Love®, social and public art piece with artists (from left to right) Michael Asbill, Lynn Herring and Maxine Leu on the campus of SUNY New Paltz
Promotional image for the Brattleboro, VT events listed below: Lynn Herring Retrospective at CX Silver Gallery Brattleboro VT August 5 through September 5, 2021 814 Western Ave. Brattleboro VT Contact: Adam Silver, CX Silver Gallery adamsilvervt@gmail.com XOX! Share the Love at Brattleboro Museum and Art Center – Brattleboro VT Saturday, August 6 from 5-8pm Artist’s talk and discussion at 6pm 10 Vernon St. Brattleboro VT XOX! Share the Love at Brooks Memorial Library – Brattleboro VT Saturday August 7, from 2-5pm Artist’s talk and discussion at 3pm 224 Main St. Brattleboro VT
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  1. […] Lynn Herring spoke to us from Kingston, New York in mid-June. On the eve of the pandemic, just before everything was to shut down, Herring had packed up her entire studio to travel to a one-person show in Brattleboro, VT. Shortly after, with her food supply ordered and ready to hunker down, Herring broke her arm. With her studio packed up and her arm in a sling, she had to find another way to create. A few days before she broke her arm, she began a graphic art journal of sorts, making herself a character as she recorded the absurdity of what she – and the world – was going through. This endeavor lasted until the end of 2020 and got Herring through the worst part of the pandemic while also entertaining other people. She reports that at first Kingston was eerily quiet, but suddenly word got out and people began to move there in droves as they fled the city. Today, the community is quite vibrant. When we spoke, Herring had just packed up her studio once more because the exhibition, titled XOX Share the Love, was back on in Brattleboro. To hear more about her work – primarily sculpture – and more, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Lynn Herring spoke to us from Kingston, New York in mid-June. On the eve of the pandemic, just before everything was to shut down, Herring had packed up her entire studio to travel to a one-person show in Brattleboro, VT. Shortly after, with her food supply ordered and ready to hunker down, Herring broke her arm. With her studio packed up and her arm in a sling, she had to find another way to create. A few days before she broke her arm, she began a graphic art journal of sorts, making herself a character as she recorded the absurdity of what she – and the world – was going through. This endeavor lasted until the end of 2020 and got Herring through the worst part of the pandemic while also entertaining other people. She reports that at first Kingston was eerily quiet, but suddenly word got out and people began to move there in droves as they fled the city. Today, the community is quite vibrant. When we spoke, Herring had just packed up her studio once more because the exhibition, titled XOX Share the Love, was back on in Brattleboro. To hear more about her work – primarily sculpture – and more, listen to the complete interview. […]