Cheryl B. Haper (Curatorial)

Curatorial Work

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Artist's Biography

Cheryl Harper lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her higher education reflects her interests and she developed into both an artists and an art historian, missing one discipline when not active as the other, successfully balancing both. Her studio and curatorial work has been well received by critics and the public.

Trained as a printmaker, her earlier work focused primarily on large one-of-a-kind woodcuts. However, after several years she decided to bring her graphic and narrative sensibility to sculpture. She wanted to explore a major difference in scale and medium. These have further transitioned into an installation practice.

Recognition for her body of work includes her selection as a Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge winner in 2008 and recognition such as the first prize in sculpture at Art of the State in Harrisburg. In the national show, ARTship Olympia, she engaged a larger audience beyond the art world. Her political pieces are shown nationally. Most recently, her installation, Passages: An Installation in Progress by Cheryl Harper, debuted at the Maier museum of Art in Lynchburg, Virginia.

She brings her interest in biography and social issues to her work, documenting the foibles of American politics and social issues through her unique artistic voice.

Selected Curated or Co-Curated Exhibitions

2020
Seamless: Craft-based Objects and Performance Practices, Stedman Gallery, Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, Camden, NJ

2016 - 2017
Underground Nights: When Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable Met the Y, Gershman Y Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Previously unknown photographs that documented the weekend when Andy Warhol brought the Velvet Underground to the YMWHA (Gershman Y) to perform in 1967. Blown up photographs were augmented with ephemera related to Warhol and the Velvet Underground's interaction with Philadelphia from 1965 - 1970

2014
Compulsive Narratives: Stories that MUST be Told, Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, NJ

An exhibition inspired by the graphic novel.

Home:Human = Cage:Cockatoo, Artscape, Towson University Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson, MD

2012
Catagenesis, Philadelphia Sculptors at Globe Dye Works, Philadelphia, PA
Co-director: Leslie Kaufman with Philadelphia Sculptors

Presentation of 15 national and international artists in site-specific installations responding to the history and environment of a historic industrial complex in the Frankford section of Philadelphia

2010 - 2011
Inside and Outside the Clamshell Box, Delaware County Community College Gallery, Media, PA

An exhibition exploring the individual practice by 28 artists who participated in a printmaking portfolio

2010
ACDCPC: mid-Atlantic Ceramic sculpture from the District of Columbia to Philadelphia County and Beyond, Delaware County Community College Gallery, Media, PA

2008
Global Warming at the Icebox, Philadelphia Sculptors at ICEBOX, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

An international installation project co-organized with Leslie Kaufman, President of Philadelphia Sculptors. Co-juried with Adelina Vlas, and sponsored by Philadelphia Sculptors, Moore College of Art, cultural ministries, and public and private grants and foundations

2006
...with the Bathwater, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Solo exhibition of the work of Caleb Weintraub

2003 - 2004
Subtle Nothings, Gershman Y Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Multi-media works or international and regional artists

Reverse Negatives, Gershman Y Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

A dialog about race

Facades: Architectural Landscapes, Gershman Y Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2003
A Happening Place, Gershman Y Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Project documenting the groundbreaking exhibitions at the Y in the '60s

2002 - 2003
Perspectives in Portraiture: Four Photographers, Gershman Y Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

National and regional photographers with very different approaches to the subject of portraiture

2002
Art Spiegelman: Not Just For Grown Ups Anymore, Gershman Y Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Co-curator: Natalia Indrimi

Works inspired by or made for children

LandEscapes, Gershman Y Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Co-curator: Tami Katz-Freiman, Independent Israeli Curator

A multi-site exhibition of contemporary Israeli art. Included Moore College of Art and Drexel University.

Not for Your Eyes Only, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2001
The Altered Ego, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Artists who represent themselves as animals, totems, or things

Judy Gelles Trailer Park Series, Open Lens Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Digitally manipulated Iris prints

Invented Landscape: Ideal and Imagined, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Non-traditional approaches to landscape, concentrating on suburbia

HEROES' TEARS: The Work of Nir Hod, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Avant-garde Israeli artist working in large-scale photography and painting. Hod challenges Israeli cultural norms in his work

The Figure as Vessel: Spiritual Journeys, Gershman Y Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Artists who expressed spirituality in their art with fusion with other cultures

Vincent Feldman: City Abandoned, Open Lens Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Feldman continues his decades-long project of documenting disappearing Philadelphia

Behind Closed Doors: The Photography of Orit Raff, Open Lens Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Raft is an Israeli artist who uses subtle innuendo in her work

2000
Transparent Dreams: Shimmering Secrets, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Co-juror: Amy Morgan

Group show in conjunction with Contemporary Glass Art Philadelphia

Robert Asman: Cavorting with Nature, Open Lens Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Tea-stained photographs of woods in Philadelphia

The Banquet: In Celebration of Outrageous Appetites, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Artists play with food as subject matter

Charmaine Caire: The Plastic Genome Project, Open Lens Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Caire uses intricate sets and produces unsettling cibachrome pictures, including oversized freestanding photographs

Carol Thompson: The Garden Series, Open Lens Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

Black and white digital and Iris prints

Martin Lennon: Street Photography, Open Lens Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

Silver gelatin images of loners in New York and Philadelphia

1999
Kabbalah in Black and White: The Photography of Leonard Nimoy, Open Lens Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

A serious artist as well as a well-known actor, Nimoy's nudes suggest the feminine spirit of God

Primarily Color, Borowsky Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

Last of a series of annual exhibitions where Curator Cheryl Harper concentrated on one element of art as introduction of art to the general public

Gritty City: The Elegance of Decay, Borowsky Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

Artists concentrate on the grimy side of the city

Jeri Robinson: Replacement Parts, Open Lens Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

Inspired by her mother's arthritis, Robinson invents artificial finger fetishes in digital prints

The Art of Hirschfeld, Borowsky Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

Drawings, collages, and prints used as illustrations of theater reviews in the New York Times of Philadelphia's "Try Out" plays

Small Worlds, Bigger Than Life: An Exhibition Where Size Matters, Borowsky Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

From the monumental to the microscopic scale

1998
Leaps of Faith: The Language of Symbols, Borowsky Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

Artists use religious symbols in their work

Variations on an Inspiration: Neoclassicism Revisited, Borowsky Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

The classical influence in post-modern art.

1997
The Nature of Form, Borowsky Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

Natural and organic forms as subject matter

1996
TimeLine: The Incorporation of Line in Art, Borowsky Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

1995 - 1996
Destination: Journeys and Imagination, Borowsky Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

Art influenced by travel and other cultures

Publications

Harper, Cheryl, "Passages: An Installation in Progress by Cheryl Harper," catalog brochure, Maier Museum at Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA, 2020

Seamless: Craft-based Objects and Performance Practices Catalog, Rutgers-Camden Stedman Gallery, Camden, NJ, 2020

"A Corner Cupboard Spills Family History," Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, Vol. 12, No. 1, Winter 2016

Harper, Cheryl, "Compulsive Narratives: Stories that MUST be Told", Rutgers University, Camden, NJ, 2014
Essay and catalog entries by Cheryl Harper

Harper, Cheryl, "Changes and context in the role of women in the 1960s visual arts environment: A Case Study," Master of Arts thesis, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2012

Harper, Cheryl, "Catagenesis," Philadelphia Sculptors Catalog

Harper, Cheryl, "Yves Klein at the Hirshhorn – more than just a pretty blue," Art Blog, September 5, 2010

Harper, Cheryl, "Picasso, Picasso everywhere – museum roundup," Art Blog, August 19, 2010

Bibliography

Shellenberger, Shen, "'Seamless' Works of Art at Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts' Stedman Gallery - Culture Vultures," Jersey Art Features, January 29, 2020

Arts Daily, January 24, 2020

Simon, Ray, "Fifty Years Later, Warhol, Velvet Underground Back at Gershman Y," Philadelphia Gay News, December 8, 2016

Marks, John, "Andy Warhol's 15 Minutes of Fame at the Gershman Y Have Lasted 50 Years," Jewish Exponent, 2016

DeLuca, Dan, "Warhol on South Broad: Gershman Y Celebrates the artist and the Velvet Underground's provocative party there 50 years ago," Philadelphia Inquirer, December 4, 2016

Amorosi, A.D., "Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground in Philly," Metro, November 23 - 24, 2016

Dobrin, Peter, "The little-known 1962 Philly show that first brough pop art to the East Coast," Philadelphia Inquirer, April 10, 2016

Adelson, Fred, "Rutgers-Camden exhibit offers 'stories that must be told,'" Courier Post, March 14, 2014

Newhall, Edith, "Compelling Narratives by Graphic Novelists," Philadelphia Inquirer, February 9, 2014

"Rutgers-Camden Art Center Presents Gallery Show on the Graphic Novel," Art Daily Newsletter, February 19, 2014

Newhall, Edith, "Globe Dye Building is an Atmospheric Setting for Art," Philadelphia Inquirer, October 1, 2012

Crimmins, Peter, "Globe Dye Works cast as venue for ambitious sculptural installations," WHYY, 2012

Fallon, Roberta, "In an old Frankford factory, a sculpture show to dye for," Daily News, September 7, 2012

Donohoe, Victoria, "Building on the Box," Philadelphia Inquirer, January 14, 2011

Csazar, Tom, "Global Warming at the Icebox," Sculpture Magazine, September 2009

Newhall, Edith, "Global warming fills up the Icebox," Philadelphia Inquirer, October 19, 2008

Professional Experience

2005 - Present
Independent Curator
Clients include:
The Holocaust Awareness Center and Museum at the KleinLife Center (current)
Rutgers University-Camden (current and 2014)
The Gershman Y (2016 - 2017)
Towson University (2014)
Philadelphia Sculptors (2008, 2012)
Delaware County Community College, Media, PA

Speaker

2020
Maier Museum, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA

2018
Sweetbrier College, Amherst, VA

2017
"Dada Hashpeh: The Jewish connection to an Avant-garde Movement," Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium, University of Pennsylvania Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

"Making Israel Real" lecture series, Temple Judea Museum, Elkins Park, PA

"A Corner Cupboard Spills Family History," Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2016
"Avant-garde at the Gershman Y in the 1960s: Never Underestimate the Power of Bored Housewives," Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium, University of Pennsylvania Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

"How Women of the Main Line Reinvented Themselves and Brought Pop to Philadelphia First," Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2012
"Inappropriate Bodies," Cornell University Graduate Symposium, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2008
Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE

2007
Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA

Grants & Awards

2013
Arts and Business Council of Philadelphia, Business & Arts Partnership Award

2011
National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops, "Black Mountain College: An Artistic and Educational Legacy" scholar

2009
National Endowment for the Humanities Landmark and Culture Workshop Scholar, "The Gilded Age in America"

2002 - 2003
Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative project grant, Pew Charitable Trusts for A Happening Place

2001
Research and Curatorial Capacity Grant, Pew Exhibitions Initiative for A Happening Place

Curatorial Research Grant to Israel, Jewish Federation of Philadelphia

Community & Art Boards

Current
Easttown Township, PA
Easttown Historic Commission

Philadelphia Avant-garde Studies Consortium, Philadelphia, PA
Steering Committee

2010 - 2015
Philadelphia Sculptors, Philadelphia, PA
Board of Directors

Education

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
M.A. in Art History, Modern and Contemporary Art

University of Delaware, Newark, DE
M.F.A in Printmaking

Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
B.F.A in Printmaking
Summa Cum Laude

Drew University, Madison, NJ
B.A. in Studio Art and Art History