Born in 1969, Gina Herrera was raised in Chicago and currently resides in California. She has a BFA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In the course of her studies, she was deployed overseas in support of several war contingencies with the United States Army.
Once her final tour was complete, she obtained her MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. During her time as a graduate student, she was awarded a Provost Fellowship, a MFA scholarship and was nominated for the Joan Mitchell MFA Foundation Award in 2012. Herrera received a full fellowship from the Harpo Foundation Native American Fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center in 2013. Herrera has exhibited extensively throughout California and nationally. She has been privileged to receive recognition for her work through grants from the Harold and Ruth Chenven Foundation and Puffin Foundation. Herrera is a multiple Art Slant Prize Showcase Winner and has received an Art Kudos Merit award and The Manhattan Arts International Award of Excellence.
Herrera’s dedication to service extends to all aspects of her professional life – from her 20+ years in the military to educating and inspiring the next generation as an art teacher at Arvin High School and Adjunct Professor at Bakersfield College.