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.

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.

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  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