Nanci Hersh, Executive Director
Nanci Hersh’s life is her canvas. Whether she is in the studio or classroom, on the yoga mat or in the water, she is passionate about making the most of every day. Her two-dimensional work as well as her sculptures and installations are examinations and celebrations of life at its best – and most challenging. It is how she make sense of the world, and connects with others.
With her cousin and author, Ellen McVicker, Nanci illustrated and co-created the children’s book Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings: When someone you love has cancer… a hopeful, helpful book for kids. She is a master teaching artist and continues to share her experience, knowledge and energy with students of all ages and abilities.
Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States including “Eons Beyond the Rib,” at Seraphin Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, “Navigation Puzzle,” at the Delaware Contemporary, “Paper Work”, at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie and “The Demoiselles Revisited” at Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, NYC, along with solo exhibitions in PA, NJ, DE, and Hawaii. Nanci has received numerous honors including three purchase awards from the State Foundation of Culture and the Arts, Hawaii and two Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grants. Her work is included in the Public Collections of Johnson & Johnson, Herspace Breast Imaging, Leland Portland Cement, and OSI Pharmaceuticals to name a few.
She lives in beautiful Chester County, PA with her husband, two teenage sons, dogs, and her backyard koi fish pond.
Jonathan Whitney, Artistic Director
Jonathan Whitney has his bachelor’s degree in music education with a concentration in percussion from the University of Delaware, and his masters of music in jazz studies from the University of the Arts. During his final years at the University of Delaware, as well as for several years following his graduation, Jonathan worked extensively with jazz legend Donald Byrd on numerous education projects. Jonathan marched for six years with Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, and taught there for two years. He taught middle and upper school instrumental music for eleven years at the Tatnall School, and he was the music coordinator for his final two years. He has also worked as a composer/arranger for many organizations including Brandywine High School, Shepherd University, Christiana High School, Tuscarora High School, and the Wilmington Children’s Chorus. Jonathan has performed with a variety of artists including Linda Clifford, Pamela Stanley, the Chantels, the Ellen Lebowitz Quartet, the Don Glanden Trio, and the Wilmington Children’s Chorus, along with performing with his own ensembles. He continues to perform regularly within a variety of musical genres including classical, jazz, rock, pop, and gospel. Jonathan is currently the artistic director of the Delaware Institute for Arts in Eduction and the artist-in-residence at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew in Wilmington Delaware.