Sharon Kerry-Harlan was born in Miami, Florida and currently resides in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and Hollywood, Florida. She received a BA from Marquette University and studied art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, both located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Kerry-Harlan’s work includes textiles, mixed media, and photography. Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally at the Smithsonian/Renwick Gallery, the American Craft Museum, the Harn Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and many others. Her work has been published in books and art catalogues.
Sharon worked at Marquette University as an Academic Coordinator. She also taught textile courses as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Currently, she concentrates on her artwork.
This is Sharon Kerry-Harlan's first exhibition at the Portrait Society Gallery. The 2018 show, "Black Eyed Peas and Coal Black Blues" will run from September 14th to November 16th.
"I use the human figure to make statements about the quick turnarounds that confront us both in life's mundane and unexpected circumstances. I am particularly intrigued by the human face---what it reveals to the world and what it disguises from the world."
2019 Urban Chatter, Appleton Museum of Art
2018 Urban Chatter. Erie Art Museum
2018 Human Rights in the New Millennium: Quilting the Worlds Conscience
2017 The Art of Collage/Assemblage
2016 -17 Ubuntutu: Life Legacies of Love and Action
2015-16 Bagging Culture: Art Inspired by 1900's Feed Sacks
2015 Collector's Showcase, Visions At Museum
2014-16 Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela
2013-18 And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations
2013 Wisconsin 30, Milwaukee Art Museum
2011-13 Remarkable Women, Peltz Gallery
2018 "Urban Chatter: Textile Art by Sharon Kerry-Harlan"
2018 "Review: Embrace the Chaos in 'Urban Chatter'"
2017 Ubuntutu, Tributes to Archbishop Desmond and Leah Tutu by Quilt
Artists from South Africa and the United State