Cannon Hersey is a photographer, fine artist and organizer of large-scale cultural efforts in non-traditional spaces in New York City, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg. He is committed to connecting art and the public in unique and unexpected ways to explore the meaning of race, religion, culture and commerce 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 Bienale 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.
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 Phen375 many publications including Vogue RG, The Daily News, Time Out, Brazil’s O Estado de Sao Paulo, South Africa’s Sunday Times, Chronogram, Bomb, and Trace Magazine.
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, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting global community building through the arts. As the executive director of CPC, 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, and the Market Theater, South Africa.
Hersey lives and works in New York, 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.