Ali Herrmann is a mixed media painter who uses encaustic, acrylic, oil and collage-based media within her painting styles. A native of Western Massachusetts, her current practice and studio is located in the Stationery Factory in Dalton, MA, a repurposed/multi-use building which once was home to Crane & Co.’s stationery paper facility.
The early stages of Herrmann’s career began in 1994. With a focus on geological science, she pursued studies at Colgate University, where she quickly became a Phi Eta Sigma scholar. While meeting course requirements, she took an intro art 101 class and reignited her childhood passion for art. In 1995, she transferred to Bennington College to continue her arts education. While at Bennington, Herrmann continued studies in genetics and biological science, learning through a cross-disciplinary model that the college promotes. 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. By 1998 she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree, specializing in painting and printmaking. Since college, she has maintained a cross-disciplinary interest within her painting styles, incorporating both natural and biological sciences, representation mixed into abstraction.
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. Herrmann exhibits work regionally at Albany Center Gallery in Albany, NY, The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA and The Hyde Collection’s Mohawk Hudson Regional 2019. Her work is in the the collections of Sweet Magnolia S1 Productions, Screen Gems Productions/Sony Studios, RCA division of Sony, the Red Lion Inn, and The Masie Center.