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Bruce Herman

Bruce Herman

Professor of Art

Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in the Fine Arts

Director, Gallery at Barrington Center for the Arts

B.F.A., M.F.A. Boston University

Areas of expertise:


Bruce Herman is on sabbatical for the fall 2020 semester. Dr. Christine Gardner is the chair of the department of Communication Arts, Theatre, and Art​.

Bruce Herman joined the faculty in 1984 and became the first chair of the Art Department in 1988. His primary focus as a teacher and artist is figurative painting. He received the Junior Distinguished Faculty Award in 1992 and was awarded the first fully-endowed Distinguished Chair at Gordon in 2006. His art has been exhibited internationally and is housed in museums such as the Vatican Museum in Rome, the Armand Hammer Collection in Los Angeles, and locally at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Bruce Herman’s work speaks for itself: artistessayist, speaker, professor.

His multifaceted work also speaks for Gordon College: As founder of the College’s art department Bruce has, for more than three decades, been a strong contributor to the flourishing of the larger Gordon community. As Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in the Fine Arts, he remains a catalyst for change at Gordon—transforming blank canvas into lush image, an old gymnasium into a first-class center for the arts, fledgling artists into mature, inspired painters.

“God's created beauty is impossible to express fully, but the search for a fitting means of responding to the color, texture, and multitude of shapes in the creation is the driving force behind my art and my teaching.”

Selected Publications and Presentations:

“Make it More Personal” – Herman chosen to deliver “Last Lecture” at Gordon, May 5, 2019
“Making, Unmaking, Re-making” artist in residence Duke Divinity School March, 2016
“Engaging Eliot” – Herman lectures at Duke University, March 2013
“Art Hospitality and the Eucharist”  Herman lecture at Boston College, February, 2016
“For the Love of God” Herman lectures in NYC at the IAM Encounter 11: July, 2011
“Interview with Bruce Herman and Walter Hansen” Mars Hill Audio, Vol 121 April 2014