Ian Hersko (1991) is an artist, educator, and curator living in Cincinnati, Ohio. He currently teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati 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 of the Jewish diaspora. 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:

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

Adjunct Faculty Liaison 2021-Present

Art Academy of Cincinnati 2018-Present

Queer Literature and Theory



Artist as Reader

Issues and Ideas in Modern and Contemporary Art

Kinetic Sculpture

Installation Sculpture

Form and Space

Senior Seminar

Advanced Tutorial: Sculpture

University of Cincinnati 2017-2019

Foundations 2-D Studio

Foundations 3-D Studio

Intro to Sculpture


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