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Tom Hermansader

Title: Painter
Company: Hermansader’s Victorian Mansion & Art Gallery
Location: Columbia, Pennsylvania, United States

Tom Foster Hermansader, Painter at Hermansader’s Victorian Mansion & Art Gallery, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art production and instruction.

Attracted to art from a young age and coming from a family of painters such as his father, Allen Foster Hermansader, for his portraits, teaching art and art restoration.  Their cousin, John Bancroft Hermansader, for many years worked as an art director at a New York advertising agency and art restorer. Mr. Tom Hermansader attended as many art classes as he could at Louis E. Dieruff High School, took coursework at Samuel S. Fleisher Art School and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and obtained both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and 1978.

Mr. Hermansader excelled as an art teacher at Columbia Junior-Senior High School in the Columbia Borough School District from 1973 to 1989 and held various art teaching positions with the Lancaster County Art Association from 1978 to 1980. He produced his first limited edition print entitled “Wright’s Mansion,” which was a huge success. After leaving the teaching profession in 1989, he to devoted himself to painting full time, teaching art privately and restoring art.  Mr. Hermansader has produced thousands of drawing and paintings.  He has 160 limited edition and open edition prints, has had several one-man shows, participated in several local art shows and has won various art awards.

In 1983, Mr. Hermansader opened Hermansader’s Victorian Mansion and Art Gallery in Columbia, where he operates his wholesale and retail art business. Specializing in historical landmarks and landscapes, he has painted well-known landmarks such as Conestoga House, Donegal Presbyterian Church, Wheatland, Fulton Opera House, Hans Herr House, Linden Hall, Steinman Park, Lititz Moravian Church many more. In 2008, Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, President of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, presented Mr. Hermansader with the Kutztown University Alumni Association’s very prestigious “Rothermel Award” and in 2009, Mr. Leo Lutz, Mayor of Columbia, Pennsylvania, awarded him with Columbia Borough’s Outstanding Citizen Award. Mr. Hermansader was also voted “Favorite Local Artist” by Lancaster Newspaper’s Reader’s Choice Awards. His artwork can be seen in numerous homes, hotels, banks, restaurants, and corporate and professional offices throughout Lancaster County and beyond, including the Pennsylvania State Capitol.

As a career highlight, Mr. Hermansader cites his painting of Lancaster’s Penn Square because it received a lot of media publicity. He was very proud that he was told that it was the bestselling print of any artist in his area ever. In the coming years he is hoping to slow down and relax somewhat while continuing his career as a painter selling his work.

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