Inefficiency expert, Adriane Herman orchestrates witnessed releases–like her non-monetized “Emotional Value Auction”–to harness the power of witnessing to facilitate letting go; highlight the generosity inherent in receiving; and occasion meaningful connections between strangers through publicly shared vulnerability. She received ecomaine’s 2018 eco-Excellence award for a series of installations entitled “Out of Sorts,” pressing pause on the recycling process and inviting contemplation of the impact of consumption and our cultural commitment to convenience and disposability. Thirteen consecutive Sunday mornings spent attending Evangelical services in suburban Kansas evolved into a collaboration called “The Freeing Throwers,” yielding print and GPS-triggered audio works on Kansas City municipal buses.
Herman has had solo exhibitions at Adam Baumgold Gallery (NY); Western Exhibitions (Chicago); Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art; Center for Maine Contemporary Art; Kiosk Gallery (Kansas City); and Rose Contemporary and SPEEDWELL Projects in Portland. Group exhibition sites include The Dalarnas Museum (Sweden); Portland Museum of Art; The Brooklyn Museum; Chapel Street Gallery at Yale University; Chosen Barren Land, Taiwan; and International Print Center New York. Herman’s work is held by collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; The Progressive Corporation; The Walker Art Center; The Ulrich Museum; and the Bates College Museum of Art.
She has lectured at over 50 institutions and explores content in context with students as Professor and Chair of Printmaking at Maine College of Art. Her work is included in: Printmaking at the Edge; A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking; and Thomas Kinkade: The Artist in the Mall. Herman holds a B.A. from Smith College, an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Level III certificate in the Wilton Method of Cake Decorating.