Mason Hershenow is a photographer and mixed media artist who lives and works in northern California. Born in Roseville, California, he spent his teenage years in eastern Pennsylvania before returning in 2008. He earned his BFA from CSU Sacramento in 2014 and is currently pursuing his MFA at San José State University, where he also teaches an introductory photography course.

Interested in the systems we build and use to interact with ourselves, each other, and the world around us, Hershenow's work focuses largely on archaic and contemporary practices in print media, publishing, and the physical archive. His art practice has been inspired greatly by traditions in these fields, and combines techniques learned and borrowed from traditional and digital printmaking, darkroom processes, twentieth-century graphic design, and found-photography arts. As of late-2017, Hershenow has also begun explorations in installation art. His first site-specific piece godless children | holy objects debuted in San José in August 2018.

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  • I've Never Been So Sure Of Anything, Gallery 5, San José, California, 2019
  • Cluster-Fun: SJSU MFA Group Show, San José State University, 2019
  • godless children | holy objects, Belcher Gallery, San José, California, 2018.
  • Countering Productivity: SJSU MFA Group Show, San José State University, 2018.
  • The Quiet Capitol, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, California, 2015.
  • CSUS Design Department Spring Showcase, California State University Sacramento, 2013.


  • Vernon Davis Scholarship, 2018.
  • Dierks-Morgan Scholarship, 2018.
  • Best in Show for a Senior Portfolio in Photography, California State University Sacramento, 2013.
  • Honorable Mention, Black and White Category, Photographer’s Forum Best of College Photography, 2009.

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