For four weeks, internationally recognized artist Oliver Herring will conduct a residency in Cuesta College’s Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery. Essentially transforming the gallery into his own studio, Herring will produce works of art that are engaging and diverse, including elements from various practices: performance, photo and video, choreography, music and sound, and sculpture. The community is invited to take part in the residency, which kicks off on November 13 and runs through December 4.

“Cuesta College students and community members are invited to come and meet Herring over the duration of his residency, engage in his creative process, and join in collaborative efforts,” said Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery Coordinator Emma Saperstein. “As Herring and his collaborators work, the gallery will transform through the accumulation of printed photographs, performance, sculptural residue, and more.”

To meet Herring and find out how to become involved in the residency, visit the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery on the following dates:

  • November 14, 12:00 p.m. | pizza party for community and students interested in participating
  • November 15, 5:30 p.m. | artist talk and introduction to residency

The public is also welcome to drop in on Herring’s residency during regular gallery hours.

Following Herring’s residency, the gallery will host an exhibit displaying the artworks created. Running December 7 – 22, an exhibition reception and artist talk will take place in the gallery on December 7 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Oliver Herring is an experimental artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1964, Herring’s works include knitting Mylar into human figures, clothing and furniture, participatory performances, Styrofoam photo sculptures, and more. He received a BFA from the University of Oxford, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, England, and an MFA from Hunter College, NY.

Herring’s work has been exhibited widely. In the United States, his work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, NY; the Whitney Museum of Art, NY; the Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; and more. He has also exhibited at the Camden Art Center, London, England; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; the Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan; and more. For more information, visit Herring’s website at To check out videos of Herring’s work, check out the PBS Series Art21.

The Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery is located in room 7170, on the San Luis Obispo campus of Cuesta College. It is open Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please call (805) 546-3202 or email