Sharon Harper

Sharon Harper

Professor of Visual Art, Visual and Environmental Studies

on leave 2018-19

Harper received an MFA in photography and related media from the School of Visual Art in New York in 1997 and a BA from Middlebury College in literary studies. She works with photography and video, exploring how technology mediates our relationship with the natural world and generates perceptual experiences. Her work is represented by Galerie Röpke in Cologne, Galeria Arnés y Röpke in Madrid and Rick Wester Fine Art in New York City. It was the subject of a solo exhibition, Sharon Harper: Photographs from the Floating World, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2001. She has had solo exhibitions at Marcel Sitcoske Gallery in San Francisco; Savage Art Resources in Portland, Oregon; and the Goethe Institute in New York. Her work was included in the Greater New York exhibition at PS1 Contemporary Art Center in February 2000; On Site, Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College; Walk Ways, a traveling exhibition sponsored by Independent Curators International; Sublime Metaphor, Oxford University Museum of Natural History; Celestial, Work Space Gallery, New York; Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, at the University of North Carolina; and Summertime, smART gallery in Munich. Her work is in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, the Portland Art Museum, Portland Oregon, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri among other collections. She was an artist-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, in 2002 and she has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She received a Meredith S. Moody Residency Fellowship and an Elizabeth Ames Residency Fellowship at Yaddo, the Sam and Dusty Boynton Residency Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, and a Film Study Center Fellowship at Harvard University in 2006 and in 2010.

Moon/Sun (Trying to Look through a Telescope), 2010

Image: Moon/Sun (Trying to Look through a Telescope), 2010, 2010 JUN 2 3:30:43 AM - 2010 JUN 2 3:31:05 AM, 17 x 68 inches.

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Carpenter Center B01
sharper [at]
(617) 495-9636

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