The Nilson Gallery is a 900 square foot space, featuring solo exhibitions from our New Jersey Emerging Artists Series, a unique and exciting program for NJ artists who have never had a one-person show of their work in our state. In addition to our Emerging Artists Series, the Nilson Gallery features community-based collaborative exhibitions and exhibits that highlight the talents of our artist members. While closed due to safety precautions, the Monmouth Museum has set up a Virtual Nilson Gallery to continue to support local artists and the community. 


Unmasked: Portraits from the Zoom Room

May 7 - June 26, 2022

Gallery Opening Reception

Artist Statement 

In March 2020, the world changed; so did the work of Nanci Hersh. The pandemic threw us all into a surreal yet voyeuristic world, presenting a unique opportunity for everyone to be their “unmasked” selves — for better or worse. The elevation of Zoom technology changed how we interacted and gave us a new perspective — bizarrely intimate, both authentic and contrived at the same time.

Nanci Hersh is a contemporary mixed media artist who draws directly from her personal life. Her intention is to reveal our universal connections and to inspire others through her art. Nanci is also an illustrator, educator, arts advocate and former Executive Director of the Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education. Born and raised in New Jersey, Nanci was a resident of Monmouth County for many years. Nanci has received numerous honors including three purchase awards from the State Foundation of Culture and the Arts, Hawaii and three Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grants. Her work is included in the Public Collections of Johnson & Johnson, Leland Portland Cement, and OSI Pharmaceuticals to name a few. Nanci also worked with the late Dr. Beth Deutch, founder of Herspace to create and co-curate the Art of Survival, an exhibition of artists who have either had breast cancer or been affected by it through friends or family. Currently, Nanci lives with her family in Landenberg, Pennsylvania in Chester County.