Highlights of Qualifications

Superior teaching skills with fully developed teaching philosophy.

Able to work effectively with students of all ages and at any educational level.

Excellent painting and drawing skills.

Passion for art theory and history.

Organized, self-motivated, and ambitious.

Extensive showing history.

Recipient of New Jersey Council for the Arts Fellowship for Painting (2011).

Chair of Exhibitions at The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, New Jersey.



M.F.A. — Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts,

New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2003

Teaching Assistantship 2001 - 2003

Awards: Andrew W. Mellon Colloquium, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey; TA/GA Competitiveness Pool Funds Award. Mason Gross School of the Arts

B.S. — Lipscomb University,

Nashville, Tennessee, 1991

Major: Exercise Science; Minor: Biology

Awards: Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges; Student Government Senator; 4-year athletic scholarship (Cross-country and Track)    


Relevant Professional Experience

Adjunct Professor – 2003 – Present

Schools: William Patterson University, (Wayne, NJ); Raritan Valley Community College, (Somerville, NJ);  Brookdale Community College (Lincroft, NJ); Essex County College (Newark, NJ); Warren County Community College, (Washington, NJ); Richard Stockton College or New Jersey, (Pomona, NJ)

Classes Taught: Contemporary Landscape Painting, Painting 2, Drawing 1, Drawing 2, Figure Drawing 1, 2D Design, Color Theory, Art Appreciation

Curatorial Chair and Trustee, The Center for Contemporary Arts – January 2012 – Present Bedminster, New Jersey



Rutgers University

Summer Studio Art Camp, Educator - 2001 – Present

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Drawing Society (adults) – 2008 – Present Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey

En Plein Air (adults) – 2016 – Present – Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Road Scholar

En Plein Air – 2016 – Present

Great Camp Sagamore, Raquette Lake, NY

Gary Stephan’s Studio Assistant – October 2003 – May 2005 – New York, New York.

Nashville Christian School – Middle and High School Art Teacher - 1998 -2000 – Nashville, TN

Hickman County Middle School In-School Suspension Teacher - 1996 - 1998 – Centerville, TN

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 – The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, New Jersey and 2012

2017 – Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey

J. Cacciola Gallery W, Bernardsville, New Jersey (2 person exhibition with Jessica Bottalico, and curated by Jau Yau with catalog essay)

2015 – View Art Center, Old Forge, New York

2014 – Hermanworks, Nashville, Tennessee and 2013

Installation with Organ at Grace Church, Newark, New Jersey and 2012

Rahway Gallery, Rahway, New Jersey

Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, New Brunswick, New Jersey

2011 – Trahern Gallery, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee

Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 – Noyes Museum, Oceanville, New Jersey: Grand Vista (curator Danielle Wolfrum)

J. Cacciola Gallery W, Bernardsville, New Jersey

2014 – Mikhail Zakin Gallery (The Art School at Old Church), Demarest, New Jersey

2013 – Gallery at 14 Maple, Morris Arts, Morristown, New Jersey: Rites of Spring

2012 – Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, New Jersey

Art Guild New Jersey, Rahway, New Jersey

2011 – Hutcheson Gallery, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee

HUMUS: A three person show, with Gary Stephan and Judy Simonian

2010 – The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, New Jersey

2009 - Trahern Gallery, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee

Jettison: New Ideas in Abstraction

Arts Guild of Rahway, Rahway, New Jersey - Curator: Donna Gustafson

2008 – Accola Contemporary, New York, New York

65 Grand Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2007 – Baumgartner Gallery, New York, New York

The Arts Company, Nashville, Tennessee

2006 – Baumgartner Gallery, New York, New York

2005 – Domo Gallery, Summit, New Jersey (Including–Lasker, Nozkowski & Stephan)

Baumgartner Gallery, New York, New York

J. Cacciola Gallery W

Bernardsville, NJ



Nashville, Tennessee



Guerrilla Painter “Paint more and in more places”

I am excited to announce that my studio is now sponsored by Guerrilla Painter. I love my Guerrilla Painter boxes and use them every time I go out to paint. Be sure to check out their full product line at Judson's Art. 

Limited time: Use the code "SHERMAN0618" through September 30th and get a 10% discount at Judson's Art.


Visiting Artist

Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey – 2015

Cheekwood Museum, Nashville, Tennessee – 2014

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey – 2012

Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee – 2011

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 2010

Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, New Jersey – 2010

65GRAND, (round table discussion), Chicago, Illinois – 2008

Watkins School of Art and Design, Nashville, Tennessee – 2007

Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, Tennessee – 2006

The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 2004

Calumet College of St. Joseph, East Chicago, Illinois – 2002



Johnson and Johnson New Jersey Artist Series, New Brunswick, NJ – 2014

Fellowship for Painting, New Jersey State Council on the Arts – 2011

New Jersey Art Salon best of Show, New Brunswick, New Jersey– 2011

The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, New York, New York – Nomination – 2005

Andrew W. Mellon Colloquium, Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey – 2003

Ta/Ga Competitiveness Pool Funds Award, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ – 2002



Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee

Hermanworks, Nashville, Tennessee

Tall Grass Art Association, Park Forest, Illinois  

Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey

Dream Catchers, Greenwood Valley, Colorado

Pinnacle Bank, Nashville, Tennessee

ETC Management, Nashville, Tennessee

First Tennessee Bank, Nashville, Tennessee

I love to teach. As my CV will show, I have been teaching since the mid 1990s. I began as a middle and high school art teacher in Tennessee and for the past 15 years as an adjunct professor. Teaching has a symbiotic relationship with my studio. Through it I bring real life problems and experience into the classroom.

As artists we are constantly faced with problems in and outside the studio. How we deal with those problems will determine how successful we are as artists. I like to organize classes that provide both structure (i.e. course objectives) and freedom (i.e. opportunity to arrive at those objectives in different ways). My goal with each class is to provide assignments that illustrate new ideas and techniques. Once those ideas and techniques are introduced, I give the student the opportunity to explore them and meet class objectives in his/her own creative way. Sometimes this exploration results in failures. My job is to help students learn from these failures so that they arrive at a workable solution.

It is important to me to provide a classroom setting in which the student feels open to discuss ideas, concerns and fears associated with the class. One of my college instructors always said, “trust is a must or your game is a bust.” I follow this dictum in the classroom. An environment where everyone feels comfortable and safe to explore new ideas is an environment where growth, curiosity, and exploration are most possible.

Example Courses I teach and their Syllabuses