Sharon Kerry-Harlan

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.

Sharon Kerry-Harlan's first exhibition at the Portrait Society Gallery was the 2018 show, "Black Eyed Peas and Coal Black Blues" September 14th to November 16th.

Artist Statement:

"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  James Watrous Gallery, Madison, WI 

2019  Urban Chatter, Appleton Museum of Art. Ocala, FL.

2018  Black Eyed Peas and Coal Black Blues: Sharon Kerry-Harlan and Alison            Saar, Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2018  Urban Chatter. Erie Art Museum. Erie, PA.

2018  Human Rights in the New Millennium: Quilting the Worlds Conscience.              Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH 

2017  The Art of Collage/Assemblage. Art Mills, Grafton, WI.

2016 -17  Ubuntutu: Life Legacies of Love and Action.

           Potchefstroom Museum, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

           Art Scape, Cape Town, South Africa.

           Nelson Mandela Gateway Museum, Cape Town South Africa.

2015-16  Bagging Culture: Art Inspired by 1900's Feed Sacks

           Carrol University, Waukesha, WI 

           Alfons Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2015  Collector's Showcase, Visions At Museum, San Diego, CA.

2014-16 Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY. 

National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce, OH.  

International Quilt Convention Africa. Emperor’s Palace Convention Center, Johannesburg, South Africa. 

2013-18  And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations:

California State Museum, Sacramento, CA.  2018
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.  2017

Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA.  2017

Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI.  2017

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA.  2016

Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT.  2016

Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando, FL.  2015

Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin, TX.  2015

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, OH.  2013

2013  Wisconsin 30, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI.

2011-13  Remarkable Women, Peltz Gallery, Milwaukee, WI.




2019   "The Many Faces of Sharon Kerry-Harlan." Wisconsin: People and                       Ideas. by Jody Clowes.

2018  "Review: Embrace the Chaos in 'Urban Chatter.'" Go Erie, 

          by Gregory Greenleef


2017  UbuntutuTributes to Archbishop Desmond and Leah Tutu by Quilt

Artists from South Africa and the United States. Indiana University Press. Edited by Marsha MacDowell and Aleia Brown.


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