Cheryl Hirshman was born in New York and received her M.Ed. in Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley University and an MFA in New Media Art Practice from Transart Institute in Berlin, Germany. She is a practicing interdisciplinary artist and educator with more than 25 years of professional experience. Before her career as a professor of art studio foundation, she worked as a production designer and art director in film and television, creating matte paintings, storyboards, set designs and special effects design. In her artistic practice, Hirshman engages in various media, including painting, drawing, textiles, photography, and sculpture, to producing video and sound installations. Additionally, her background as a media literacy specialist, and filmmaker feeds into her desire to tell (and gather) stories that reflect our cultural memory. Hirshman has exhibited in the US and abroad including Gallery MMS in Berlin, Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA, Helen Schlein Gallery in Boston, MA, the Sideshow Gallery in New York City, and the Joyce Goldstein Gallery in New York to name a few. She has been the recipient of Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants for her work in media literacy and has done a number of artist-in-residencies in Massachusetts and across the US.