In 1955 after ten years of teaching art at McPherson College,
Kansas, Ezra Hershberger became the first full time art professor
at Goshen College. He graduated from Goshen in 1934 with a degree
in history but developed his interest in art education while teaching elementary
and secondary school students at Mount Herman School, Darjeeling, India
from 1939-1942. Upon returning to the USA, he studied at the Art
Institute of Chicago, 1944-45, and summer sessions at the Chicago Academy
of Fine Arts, 1944, and the University of Iowa, 1952. In 1956
he earned the MA in art education from the University of Northern Colorado,
At Goshen College, Ezra expanded the art program to16 courses and
established the major in art. He taught a broad range of classes
including painting, drawing, and art education. He also organized
many exhibits of student work, invited artists and traveling exhibitions
in the Union Lounge. During retirement since 1970, Ezra continued
to paint and be involved in exhibitions. Ezra died June 27, 2000.
Many alumni recall studying with Ezra. As a
service to all those who have enjoyed his work over the years, the Goshen
College Art Department is pleased to present these selections from Ezra
Hershberger's personal slide collection. ENJOY!
click on an image
to see an enlarged
version. Image size is about 50k, so they should load reasonably
fast for you.
Special Note to those who own Ezra
The Goshen College Art Department wishes to assemble
a data base of information about Ezra Hershberger's artwork. If you own
a work, please send us an
or letter describing what you have so that we can document his work. Letters
may be sent to Attention: Marge Brandeberry, Art Department, Goshen College,
Goshen IN 4625.