This spring and summer mark many upcoming changes for me and my practice.

  • In March, I left my role at the Smithsonian, which I held for almost 10 years, to give myself studio time before I begin a new adventure (continue reading to find out what that is).
  • In June, I will attend a marble-carving residency in Gramolazzo, Italy. The residency combines 3D CNC carving using robots with traditional hand carving techniques.
  • In August, I will begin a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Interactive Design position at James Madison University.

And more to come! Stay tuned!

Upcoming Events

Combinations by Michelle Lisa Herman and Robin Bell postcardCombinations, a collaborative art project at Artomatic

For Artomatic, D.C.-based artists Michelle Lisa Herman and Robin Bell teamed up to create a series of pieces that combine their individual work by photographing and filming objects in the same space in which they are now exhibiting. 

All prints and videos are available to purchase. The prints are a limited print-to-order series ($150 unframed and $400 framed) that will be available from March 8 to April 28, 2024. There will be a limit of 10 editions of each.

Support artists! Visit to purchase your print today.

Meet the Artist at Artomatic: April 13 from 4:30–7 pm

Saturday, April 13, is the “Meet the Artists II” event at Artomatic. While the event is technically all day, I volunteer at the event until 4:00 p.m. Once my shift is over, I plan to head to my room, 202, on the second floor, so come find me there from 4:30–7 pm. 

2100 M Street NW; Room 202

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Open Studio bannerOpen Studio and Exhibition

I will participate in the Open Studios at Red Dirt Studio on May 11 from 12 to 5 p.m., and my work will be featured in the Firehouse Gallery. Please come out to support me and other Red Dirt Studio artists.

May 11, 12–5 pm
Red Dirt Studio
4051 34th St
Mt Rainier, MD 20712

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Limina at the Delaware Contemporary Museum June 7–August 25

I have been invited to participate in an invitational group show at the Delaware Contemporary Museum that opens June 7. The exhibition, Limina, explores the sense of subtle disorientation felt during a period of transition. As we stand on the threshold of an uncertain future, familiar objects & places become increasingly surreal. We exist between the continuity of our previous experiences while proceeding into the unknown. The location and sensation between those destinations is described as “liminal space”.

Liminal–from the Latin limen, meaning threshold–describes a physical, emotional, or temporal place of transition. Eerie, forlorn, surreal, disconcerting, yet somehow still nostalgic and familiar; the liminal is the perfect metaphor for life’s manifold nature. The liminal can be both abstract and concrete–it is everywhere, yet nowhere at the same time. It is the name we give to the negative spaces in the world around us that ordinarily go unnoticed and undefined.

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Artomatic and Open Studios Plus Upcoming Exhibitions