About Sharon Harper

Sharon Harper received an MFA in photography and related media from the School of Visual Art in New York. Her work explores the intersection of technology and perception. It is in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, and the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, and the New York Public Library among other collections. She has received and attended numerous artist residency fellowships at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, MacDowell, in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Virginia, and the Leighton Residencies at the Banff Centre in Banff, Canada. She is a 2013 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in Photography. She is currently a Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.


Galerie Stefan Röpke
Rick Wester Fine Art


School of Visual Arts, New York, M.F.A.
M.F.A. Photography and Related Media
Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
B.A. Literary Studies, cum laude


Sala de Arte Instituto Canarias Cabrera Pinto, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
dnj gallery, Santa Monica, California
Radius Books, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, Colorado
Halsnøy Kloster, Halsnøy, Norway
Rick Wester Fine Art, New York, New York
Halsnoy Kloster, Halsnoy, Norway
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany
Rick Wester Fine Art, New York, New York
Galeria Arnés + Röpke, Madrid, Spain
Proof Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts,
Sebastian Fath Contemporary, Mannheim, Germany
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany
Galeria Arnés + Röpke, Madrid, Spain
The Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Carpenter Center Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Savage Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, San Francisco, California
Goethe-Institut. New York, New York


The National Media Museum, London, England
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York
1708 Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
Griffin Museum, Winchester, Massachusetts
de Cordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Belvédère Museum, Heerenveen, Netherlands
Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine
Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas
Samson Projects, Boston, Massachusetts
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Chelsea Art Museum, New York, New York
SCAD Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Harvard University Center for Government and International Studies, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Rick Wester Fine Art, New York, New York
Autry National Center, Los Angeles, California
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Wallraff-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany
Mills Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Proof Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Photographic Resource Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Hampshire House, New York, New York
Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
MassArt, Boston, Massachusetts
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
The Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Carpenter Center Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
sm.ART Gallery, Munich, Germany
Weatherspoon Art Musuem, Greensboro, North Carolina
Work Space Gallery, New York, New York
Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina
Oxford University Musuem, Oxford, England
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon
Savage Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Philadelphia Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
UBR Galerie, Salzburg, Austria
Bucknell Art Gallery. Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
P.S. 1, Long Island City, New York
Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
White Columns Gallery, New York, New York
Hunter College Art Gallery, New York, New York


Museum of Modern Art. New York, New York
Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, Texas
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Buffalo, New York
New York Public Library. New York, New York
Portland Art Museum. Portland, Oregon
Nelson-Atkins Museum. Kansas City, Missouri
Currier Art Museum, Manchester, New Hampshire
Fidelity Investments, Boston, Massachusetts
Bayerische Vereinsbank. Munich, Germany
Sprint Collection. Kansas City, Kansas

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Photography
Monastery of Halsnøy, Norway, Residency Fellowship
Banff Centre, Banff, Canada, Residency Fellowship
Film Studies Center Fellowship, Harvard University Film Studies Center
First Prize, Juror’s selection, The Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Juror, Stephen Pinson, curator of photographs New York Public Library
Ucross Foundation, Ucross, Wyoming, Residency Fellow
Yaddo, Meredith S. Moody Residency Fellowship
Vermont Studio Center, Sam and Dusty Boynton Residency Fellowship
Headlands Center for the Arts, Artist-in-Residence
The Aaron Siskind Foundation, Grant
The MacDowell Colony, Resident Fellow
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Resident Fellowships
ArtLink@Sotheby's International Young Art 2000, Semi-finalist


Dan Halm, “Sharon Harper: Portfolio,” Visual Arts Journal, October, 2013: 22-29
Mark Alice Durant, “55 Angels and the Modest Sublime,” Dear Dave Magazine, Spring, 2012: 100-115
Stephen Pinson, “Sharon Harper: Night and Day” (exhibition brochure)
Congyun Liu, “Interview with Sharon Harper,” Photoworld Beijing, Issue 347, pp. 126 – 129, 2010/11
Minna Proctor, “Cover Artist,” The Literary Review, Spring 2010
Minna Proctor, “Artists on Artists,” BOMB Magazine, March 2010
Noel Rodo-Vankeulen, “On My Mind,” foam magazine, December 2009
Helga Aurisch, The Moon: “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Museum of Fine Art, Houston, September 2009 (exhibition catalog)
Cate McQuaid, All the Way Down to the Details,” Boston Globe, April 8, 2009
Mark Feeney, “Tracing the Outlines of Time,” Boston Globe, November 28, 2008
Salvador Nadales, “Light in Movement: Reflections on the visual work of Sharon Harper” (exhibition catalog)
Cate McQuaid, “Sharon Harper Plays with Moon and Sky,” Boston Globe, September 28, 2006
R.B. Strauss, “Blurred Images Have a Deeper Message,” Daily Local News, February 29, 2002
Kenneth Baker, “Blur from a Speeding Train,” San Francisco Chronicle, January 12, 2002
Vince Aletti, “Voices Choices,” Village Voice, December 26, 2001
Margaret Loke, “Art in Review,” New York Times, November 2, 2001
Jean Dykstra, “Whitney Launches First Exposure,” Art on Paper, Nov. 2001
Sylvia Wolf, “Sharon Harper: Photographs from the Floating World,” (brochure)
Kenneth Baker, “Fall Arts Preview,” San Francisco Chronicle, August 26, 2001
Suart Horodner, “Flug (Flight),” (brochure)
Krissy Foley, "On Site: Contemporary Photography of Place," (exhibition catalog)
Mira Jacobs, "Walkabout," (exhibition catalog)
Zoe Starling, Interview for artadvocate.com


From Above and Below, by Sharon Harper, Santa Fe: Radius Books, 2013
Mannerism and Modernism: The Kasper Collection of Drawings and Photographs by William M. Griswold and Rhoda Eitel-Porter, New York: The Morgan Library and Museum, 2011
Daylight Magazine, Issue No. 9, November 2011
Humble Art Foundation Collector’s Guide, Volume 2, New York, New York, 2010
Der Mond by Andreas Bluhm, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Foundation Corboud, Cologne and Hantje Cantz, 2009
The Meaning of Photography, Edited by Robin Kelsey and Black Stimson, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and Yale University Press, 2008
Visions From America by Sylvia Wolf. Prestel, 2002
Walk Ways, essay by Stuart Horodner. Independent Curators International, 2002

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