Ian Hersko (1991) is an artist, educator, and curator living in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He is the Chair of the First Year Experience at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and teaches in both the studio and liberal arts. Hersko is also the founder and operator of Rainbow, an alternative gallery and project space in Cincinnati.  In his own artistic practice, Hersko creates multimedia installations and objects that contemplate touch, loss and anti-monumentalism.  Hersko creates precarious, ephemeral, and sentimental objects that draw from his experience as a queer, transgendered person. Before becoming an educator, Hersko worked in social work, which informed his approach to teaching and community building.  


Ian Hersko (he/him)



Solo Exhibitions:  

2022 perpetual care, Dream Clinic

2019 Tracing Voids, Route One Gallery

2018 The Grass Grows Over, Anytime Department

Group Exhibitions:

2023 Ebb and Flow, Kennedy Heights Arts Center

2022 Artist Run Spaces, Contemporary Arts Center

2020 The One-Pagers, Houseguest Gallery

         Alumni Meetup, MC Gallery

             Faculty Exhibition, Art Academy of Cincinnati

2019  Bianco, Emerge Gallery

             before | now, 1628 Ltd

             Public, Clifton Cultural Arts Center

             Open Source 1.3, The Carnegie

2018    Smile Until the Tears Run into Your Mouth, Contemporary Arts Center

Head in the Clouds, The Waiting Room

             BBQLA: The Fools Journey, Anytime Department

             Open Source 1.2, The Carnegie

2017 Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts

             Some Kind of Error, Weissensee Kunsthochschule

             Pivot,  DAAP Galleries

             Art Children in 3-D, Clay Street Press

             International Sculpture Day, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

             The Art of Food, Carnegie

2016    MACAA: Better Than Art, Modern Makers

             ArtWorks Exhibition, 1305 Gallery

2015    Biennial Sculpture Exhibition, Civic Garden Center

2014    Brandish, solo exhibition, Main Street Window Gallery

             Minumentals, Art Academy of Cincinnati

             I Fell So Sad, Thesis Exhibition, Art Academy of Cincinnati

         Final Friday, Moerlein Tap Room

2013    Dean's List Exhibition, Art Academy of Cincinnati

             Student Painting Exhibition, Contemporary Arts Center


2021-Present Co-curator, Rainbow

2022    Juried Student Exhibition, NKU

2017    One Line Over the Other, Wave Pool

2016    Mystique Writing, 840 Gallery



2019  Taleamor Park

2019 Vermont Studio Residency

2017  Berlin Weissensee School of Art: Studio Inquiry



2019 Taleamor Park Fellowship

2019 Vermont Studio Center Merit Scholarship

2017 Wolfstein Travel Fellowship

        Beverly Erschell Scholarship

        William and Mary Bonansinga Scholarship 

2014 Wilder Travel Award

2013 3rd Year Excellence Scholarship, Art Academy of Cincinnati



perpetual care Review

Artist Run Spaces Review


Adjunct Professor

Art Academy of Cincinnati  2018-Present

First Year Experience Chair

Assistant Professor

Adjunct Faculty Liaison       2021-2023

University of Cincinnati, Adjunct 2017-2019




2021-Present Founder, Operator and Co-curator of Rainbow

2015-2019  Teaching Artist & Project Manager for ArtWorks Cincinnati

2015-2016  Creative Education Support for Happen Inc.

2015-2019  Visitation Facilitator for Family Nurturing Center



University of Cincinnati                                

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning 2016-2018

Masters of Fine Arts 


Art Academy of Cincinnati  

Bachelors of Fine Arts    2010-2014

Major in Sculpture

Minor in Creative Writing