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George Harper

George Harper has been a practicing artist for over 35 years and holds degrees in all levels of teaching art in a varied school curriculum, be it public or higher education. He is now retired from teaching and holds the rank of Professor Emeritus from his last teaching post at Glenville State College.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in education with a major in art and also holds a master of arts in studio arts with a major in printmaking, emphasis lithography, while completing requirements for an master of fine arts degree in painting during his higher education years of teaching.

He has also studied with several professional watercolor artists such as Edgar Whitney, Frank Webb, and Claude Croney, to name a few, over his career of teaching.

His most recent fascination with subjects such as small-town architecture and rural nature has grown over the past few years and can best be summed up in his own words: "I am attracted to the two ends of day; the stark light of morning and the soft glow of evening tend to make my subjects that more dramatic. This play of light over the surfaces of the buildings and the resulting patterns of shadows adds an air of mystery. All these aspects combine to give these everyday subjects a monumental feel and results in an endless supply of compositional problems to solve which is what art is all about - a problem-solving activity. By exploring the many facets of a subject, the artist can emphasize the fact that one can draw and paint just about anything and take the common to extraordinary heights of thought and creative endeavor."

This endeavor has yielded many award winning paintings in exhibitions such asThe West Virginia Juried Exhibition and Allied Artists of WV Shows - both usually held in Charleston, WV. Along with participation in other art shows, including the Three Rivers Arts Festival and The Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Annual, both in Pittsburgh, and the National Realism Exhibition in Parkersburg's Art Center, Harper has enjoyed a regional and national exposure.

Harper's works have been included in exhibitions as far away as New York, Boston, and the Carolinas, while also participating in many Ohio shows as well as some resulting in purchase awards.

Harper also enjoys the recognition of being included in many private and public collections such as The West Virginia Permanent Collection housed at the Culture Center in Charleston, WV, and in various Department of Health and Human Services offices located throughout the state. Other public collections include The University of Pittsburgh, Ohio University School of Art, WVU School of Art, The Parkersburg Center for Fine Arts, The Iowa-Rush-Allen Permanent Collection of American Art, The Broyhill Furniture Corporation Permanent Collection housed in North Carolina, and The Governor Caperton Collection of West Virginia Artists.

Current artwork can be seen on his Web site, during business hours at the Art by Crim Gallery in Clarksburg, WV, and by appointment only at Harper Home Gallery in Harrisville, WV.

Harrisville, West Virginia