about lynn herring
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 Herring 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, Herring began showing her video installations at a funky little gallery on the Lower East Side and had the remarkable opportunity to show her videos at 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.
In 2019, Herring completed her MFA studies in sculpture and printmaking at SUNY New Paltz where she graduated with honors while developing a new body of work designed to bring people together with art.
Herring’s studio work is influenced by her career in advertising where bold simple imagery and witty short headline copy are used to execute complex strategies. Her sculpture and print work have a clean graphic aesthetic on the one hand and a cartoon-like form and line quality on the other. It is as if Donald Judd and Dr. Seuss collided with each other. Herring's interest in minimalism, contemporary culture, social psychology, spirituality, play and humor also inform her work.
Herring's 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, XOX! Share the Love®, is an art 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.
Herring has been exhibiting since 2005. Her work has been shown at The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, WAAM museum in Woodstock, NY, the Wired Gallery in High Falls, NY and at the Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey.