Samantha Kershnar

I am a multi-material artist. I enjoy fiber, printmaking, drawing, sculpting with both polymer and ceramic clay. I have trouble with my vision when it comes to small details and I identify as she/her. 

I started out at NIAD as a new artist and over time I have tried different types of art. At NIAD I like to work with Bill Zindel in printmaking, Nan Collymore in fiber and Chelsea Smith in ceramics. The studio facilitators help me learn new things.

I like making different types of art for people in my life and myself, such as earrings, bracelets, necklaces and fashion. In fashion I learned about different sewing techniques like the knot stitch and working with different types of fabric like burlap and quilting.

In ceramics I either make things related to home life or I use my imagination. I rejoice in creating different shapes and creations in clay. I like making children’s books because children inspire me. My nephew inspires me to draw things that he enjoys such as dinosaurs and animals from across the world. I enjoy working with my nephew at home in clay and making food and animals. 

For me art means exploring my creativity through my imagination. Art makes me feel colorful, imaginative and creative. 

 // Samantha’s available work //


recent exhibition history

Menagerie on 23rd Street, organized by Prajakti Jayavant // NIAD Windows Exhibition // December 2021

Innersense, ushered by Germán Herrera // NIAD Online Exhibition // January 2022

Closing Of The Year, curated by Jean McElvane // NIAD Windows Exhibition // 2020

A Kind of Movement, organized by Jay Wehnert // Portland Art And Learning Studios // 2019 

Turn To Stone, organized by Em Kettner // NIAD Art Center // 2019