Ali Herrmann is a mixed media artist who uses acrylic, oil, collage, and encaustic, the ancient Egyptian practice of painting with molten, liquefied beeswax. She is a native of Western Massachusetts with a studio in the Stationery Factory in Dalton, MA. She pursued geological science at Colgate University and Bennington College. In 1997, Herrmann received a Student Endowment for the Arts grant, which allowed her to pursue a large scale, independent paper installation, artistically mapping male/female chromosome structures, merging her interest in science with her passion for the arts. She has continued to focus on this cross-disciplinary interest, incorporating both natural and biological sciences, representation mixed into abstraction.
The Women Icon series began in 2017 during a painting residency at Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs, NY. Some of the portraits are taken from famous photographs, while others reference historical paintings and sculptures. The series is a reaction to the “Me Too” movement and the tensions following the political and social climate after the 2017 presidential inauguration. “I began to think about women in history who pushed the limits, challenged the norms and persevered in their time,” said Herrmann.
Herrmann’s continuously growing accolades include artistic residencies at the Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY in 2020, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY in 2017, and the Vermont Studio School in 2007. Throughout her career, Herrmann has been awarded multiple grants: an A.R.T. fund grant recipient in 2020, as well as a Martha Boschen Porter Fund Grant recipient from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation in 2019 and 2014, and a Massachusetts local cultural council grant in 2017. Her work is in the collections of Sweet Magnolia S1 Productions, Screen Gems Productions/Sony Studios, RCA division of Sony, the Red Lion Inn, and The Masie Center.