As a photographer, fine artist, television producer and organizer of cultural efforts in non- traditional spaces in New York City, Sao Paolo, Tokyo, Houston, Hiroshima and Johannesburg, Hersey is committed to explore the meaning of race, religion, culture and expression in the modern global world.
Built on the 35-mm photographic image, Hersey creates artworks utilizing silk-screen, photo- etching, mixed-media, light-box, and installation. Hersey has exhibited at numerous institutions and galleries including Lincoln Center’s Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery, the opening event of the 2008 Sao Paulo Biennale at the private collection of Kim Esteve, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Arts (MoCADA), the New York Open Center, the Johannesburg Art Foundation, and the presidential award ceremony for Nelson Mandela at NYU. He was an artist in residence at the Andrew Freedman Home from April, 2016 - August, 2019.
Hersey’s works are included in the private collections of the Durst family, Gerard Malanga, Marilyn Oshman, Mongane Wally Serote, Chair of South Africa’s parliamentary Committee for Arts and Culture, Linda Shearer, and Stanley Stern. His work has been mentioned in many publications including the Wall Street Journal, Vogue RG, Chugoku Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun; The Daily News, Time Out, Brazil’s O Estado de Sao Paulo, South Africa’s Sunday Times, Chronogram, Bomb, and Trace Magazine. Over the past four years 8 television programs have been made by NHK and NHK World (Japanese Public Television) about Cannon’s work with his colleague Taku Nishimae addressing the social issues of our time through art and education. Selected Publications: “The Inner Path” catalogue, Alliance Francaise and the Korean Cultural Center, New Delhi, India, 2014; “Celebrate Brazil,” Exhibition and Project Catalogue, funded by the Brazilian Consulate in NYC, Lincoln Center, 2012.“From Johannesburg to New York,” Museum Catalogue, MoCADA, 2009; and “How the world is coming together,” Book, Powerhouse Books, Trace + True Agency, 2003.
Hersey believes that as an artist, he has a role beyond the studio, working as an educator and organizer to build a larger place for art in the public realm. Hersey founded CrossPathCulture (CPC) in 1999 and 1Future in 2015, both non-profit organizations are dedicated to global community building through the arts. As the executive director of CPC and 1Future, he organized and produced more than 50 exhibitions, festivals and educational programs in conjunction with other partners, including the Museum of Modern Art, PS1, African Film Festival/New York, the Johannesburg Metropolitan City Council, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, Colgate-Palmolive, Sony, HSBC and the Market Theater, South Africa.
Hersey lives and works in NYC and Millbrook, NY and is the grandson of Pulitzer Prize winning writer and educator John Hersey and theater producer and political voice, Frances Ann Cannon and the son of Artists John and Diane Hersey.