For four weeks, internationally recognized artist Oliver Herring conducted a residency in Cuesta College’s Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery. Essentially transforming the gallery into his own studio, Herring produced works of art that are engaging and diverse, including elements from various practices: performance, photo and video, choreography, music and sound, and sculpture. 

“Cuesta College students and community members engaged in his creative process, and joined in collaborative efforts,” said Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery Coordinator Emma Saperstein. “As Herring and his collaborators worked, they transformed the gallery through the accumulation of printed photographs, performance, sculptural residue, and more.”


The gallery is now hosting an exhibit displaying the artworks created through December 22.

Oliver Herring is an experimental artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1964, Herring’s works include knitting Mylar into human figures, clothing and furniture, participatory performances, Styrofoam photo sculptures, and more. He received a BFA from the University of Oxford, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, England, and an MFA from Hunter College, NY.

Herring’s work has been exhibited widely. In the United States, his work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, NY; the Whitney Museum of Art, NY; the Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; and more. He has also exhibited at the Camden Art Center, London, England; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; the Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan; and more. For more information, visit Herring’s website at To check out videos of Herring’s work, check out the PBS Series Art21.

The Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery is located in room 7170, on the San Luis Obispo campus of Cuesta College. It is open Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please call (805) 546-3202 or email