Philadelphia-based painter Erica Harney (b. Westchester County, NY 1984)
grew up in and around the Saratoga Springs, NY. area. She holds a BFA from
Alfred University, Magna Cum Laude and an MFA from the Pennsylvania State
University. She has also studied at the Santa Reparata International School of
Art in Florence, Italy.
Harney has exhibited extensively across the US and internationally. Significant
solo and group exhibitions have taken place at Cecil College in Elkton, MD,
Greenpoint Gallery in Brooklyn, the Pennsylvania State University, Penn
State Harrisburg, Red Raven Art Company in Lancaster, PA, Estate Yard
Gallery in Castlecomer, Ireland, SELECT Fair at Art Basel Miami Beach,
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA, the Crane Arts Center in
Philadelphia and several New York City galleries.
Erica Harney is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Graham
Endowed Fellowship, a Daniel J. Murphy II Award for Creativity, and a Christos
N. Apostle Grant. She has been featured in several publications, including KA
Confidential, Studio Visit Magazine, Southern Humanities Review and
TriQuarterly, and she illustrated the cover of Smoking Cigarettes, Eating
Glass: A Psychologist’s Memoir by Annita Sawyer. Harney has been a resident
artist at ArtScape in Toronto, Weir Farm in Connecticut, the Palazzo Rinaldi
Italy, and the Vermont Studio Center.
The artist has worked collaboratively with visual artists, musicians, writers and
choreographers. She has also worked with the world-renowned Mural Arts
Program in Philadelphia. She has taught at the Pennsylvania State University
and the New York State Summer School of the Arts as well as various
workshops, lectures and community education classes across the Mid-Atlantic
region. Harney has also curated and organized group exhibitions at Iona
College, Alfred University and Penn State, as well as the Independent Rock
School and the historic Biddle Building, both in Philadelphia.
Since 2012 Harney has worked professionally as a scenic painter for
Philadelphia-area theatre and production companies, including Opera
Philadelphia and Opera Delaware. She is currently the Scenic Charge at the
Fulton Scenic Studios, the official production company for the historic Fulton
Opera House in Lancaster, Pa.