Debra Herman, MFA
Professor of Art
Chair, Art Department
College of Arts and Sciences
Professor Herman teaches a variety of art courses including 3-Dimensional Art Studio, Sculpture Studio, Fiber Arts Studio, Book Arts Studio, Jewelry Studio, Liturgical Art Studio, and Art Methods. She is also the curator of Concordia University Art Collection where she maintains the inventory, oversees the hanging of art on campus, and schedules repair and restoration of artworks.
Prior to graduate school and Concordia, she was a Lutheran elementary/junior high teacher in Florida. Professor Herman joined the Concordia faculty in 2002.
- MFA, Fiber Arts, Northern Illinois University; Dekalb, Ill.
- BA, Education, Concordia Teachers College; River Forest, Ill.
Academic and Professional Highlights
- “Fiber Nine: Contemporary Art in Fiber,” Prairie State University, Chicago, Ill., 2008.
- “RidgeArt, 4-Person Exhibition,” Oak Park, Ill., 2008.
- “Chapel Theme and Banner,” Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., 2008.
- “Fiber Celebration,” Lincoln Center, Ft. Collins, Colo., 2008.
- “Fiberworks Celebration 2008,” Escondido, Calif., 2008.
- “Fiberart International,” McMurray, Penn., 2007.
- “Chapel Theme Banner,” Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., 2006.
- “Art Biologic,” Slow Art Production, Limner Gallery, N.Y., 2006.
- “CHAOS Art Exhibition,” Long Beach, Calif., 2006.
- “Surface Tension,” Kean University, N.J., 2006.
- “Fiber Art Project 2005/06,” Big Wild Garden, Norfolk, UK, 2006.
- “Wish You Were Here,” Fiber Postcards, Tucson, Ariz., 2006.
- “Concordia University Faculty Show,” River Forest, Ill., 2006.
- “Fiber Focus 2005,” Art Saint Louis Gallery, St. Louis, Mo., 2005.
- “Innovations in Textiles,” St. Louis, Mo., 2005.
- “Threads of Creativity,” University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Wis., 2005.
- “Chicago Art Open,” Chicago, Ill., 2004.
- “Windy City Arts Exhibition,” Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, 2003.
- “Concordia University Faculty Show,” River Forest, Ill., 2002.
- “Regional ’02: A Fine Craft Competition,” Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, Ind., 2002.
- “Northern Illinois University MFA Graduate Invitational Show,” Northern Illinois University Chicago Gallery, Chicago, Ill., 2002.
- “One-Person MFA Show”, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill., 2002.
- “South Bend Regional Museum of Art Biennial Art Competition,” South Bend, Ind., 2001.
- “Fiber Focus 2001”, St. Louis, Mo., 2001.
- “College Art Association,” Juried Exhibition, Chicago, Ill., 2001.
- “Art & Music Festival,” St. Charles, Ill., 2001.
- “The Written Word,” Bloomingdale, Ill., 2001.
- “Ars nova Exhibition,” Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill., 2001.
- “Up and Coming” Juried Exhibition, Kansas City, Mo., 2000.
- “Celebrating the Spirit,” Juried Exhibition, Convergence 2000, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2000.
- “Liturgical and Sacred Art 2000,” Juried Exhibition,Springfield, Ill., 2000.
- “Improving Literacy Through the Book Arts,” Lutheran Education Association Convocation, Indianapolis, Ind., 2005.
- “Children’s Literature and Art,” Concordia’s Annual Early Childhood Conference, River Forest, Ill.,
- “The Book Arts,” Concordia’s Annual Early Childhood Conference, River Forest, Ill.
- “Globalizing Your Art Curriculum”, Educators Conference, Florida-Georgia District, Orlando, Fla., 2004.
- “The Book Arts,” Educators Conference Florida-Georgia District, Orlando, Fla., 2003.
- “Discipline-Based Art Education,” Concordia’s Continuing Art Education Workshop, Chicago, Ill., 2003.
- “Art on a Shoestring Budget,” Chicagoland (Urban) Lutheran Education Conference, Chicago, 2003.
- Academic Fellowship Grant, John and Frances Beck Foundation, Chicago, 2007-2010.
- National Science Foundation, Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences, “Chemistry in Art”, Colorado Springs College, Colo., 2007.
- Merit Award, “Threads of Creativity”, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Wis., 2005.
- Art League Merit Award, “South Bend Regional Museum of Art Biennial Art Competition”, South Bend, Ind., 2001.
- College Art Association
- Surface Design Association
- Illinois Art Education Association
Professor Herman's current project, “Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories,” is a curricula of comprehensive, grade-specific art history lessons for first- through eighth-grades. Over the last three years, Herman has developed these lessons that elementary educators can download for free beginning fall 2009. This project was made possible through the John and Frances Beck Foundation, which promotes literacy and learning among children, youth and adults.