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.
"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 Ubuntutu, Tributes 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.