Myrna Harrison

Myrna Harrison
(1932-)

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Education

2007 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ ,”History of Chinese Painting,”
2000 Remnin University, Beijing, China, “Chinese Art and Culture”
1996-99 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (“Chinese Painting of the Ming & Qing Dynasties,” “Chinese Ceramics,” “History of Asian Art”)
1960-64 University of California, Berkeley, CA (scholarship & teaching assistantship)
1960 Master of Arts, New York University, New York, NY (graduate scholarship)
1959 Bachelor of Arts (Magna cum Laude with Honors in English: minor in Fine Arts) –studied with Philip Guston — New York University, New York, NY
1953-57 Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art, New York, NY and Provincetown, MA (scholarship & monitor)
1952-53 Jack Tworkov, New York, NY (scholarship)
1951-52 Morris Davidson School of Fine Art, New York, NY and Provincetown, MA (scholarship)
1946-50 High School of Music and Art, New York, New York

Solo Exhibitions

2013 “Recent Paintings,” Gallery Ehva, Provincetown, MA
“Western Paintings: 1960-2012,” Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ
2012 “Northeast by Southwest: The Lively Landscapes” Curated by James Burns, Robert Henry, and Selina Trieff, May 18-July 15, 2012, Provincetown, MA
“Look/Study,” Gallery Ehva, Provincetown, MA
2010 “Desertscapes: 2008-2010,”James Ratliff Gallery, Sedona, AZ
“Ocean & Desert,” Ehva Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2007 “New Works,” James Ratliff Gallery, Sedona, AZ
2005 “Desertscapes: 2004-2005,” James Ratliff Gallery, Sedona, AZ
“Looking Back,” Beauregard Fine Art, Rumson, NJ
2004 “Desertscapes -10 Years,” Glendale College, Glendale, AZ
“Desert Water Paintings,” Gold Nugget Art Gallery, Wickenburg, AZ
2002 “Desertscapes -2,” James Ratliff Gallery, Sedona, AZ
2001 “Desertscapes” James Ratliff Gallery, Sedona, AZ
1995 “Arizona Paintings,” Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ
“Landscapes,” Cortland Jessup Gallery, Provincetown, M
1989 “Desertscapes,” Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ
1994 “Landscapes,” Cortland Jessup Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1965 “Recent Work,” Derby Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 “Provincetown Views,” ACME Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2010 “Days Lumberyard,” Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
2009 “In Search of the New: Hans Hofmann and His Students,” Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA; University Art Gallery,
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA (2010); Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, NYC (2010)
“Days Lumberyard Studios 1915-1972,” ACME Fine Art, Boston, MA
Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
2008 “Summer Salon,” ACME Fine Art, Boston, MA
2007 “Drawings from Hans Hofmann’s Figure Drawing Class,” ACME Fine Art, Boston, MA
2006 “Summer Salon,” ACME Fine Art, Boston, MA
“Provincetown Painters: Works on Paper,” Beauregard Fine Art, Rumson, NJ
2005 “Summer Salon,” ACME Fine Art, Boston, MA
“Teachers & Students,” ACME Fine Art, Boston, MA
“From the Collection: Hans Hofmann Students,” Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
2004 “Three Artist Exhibition,” James Ratliff Gallery, Sedona, AZ
“Provincetown Painters,” ACME Fine Art, Boston, MA
2002 “Hans Hofmann: Four Decades in Provincetown,” Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
2000 “Hans Hofmann’s Students: Variety in Contemporary Art,” Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
“Gallery Artists’ Group Shows,” Cherrystone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
“Gallery Artists’ Group Shows,” Waxlander-Khadouri Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
“Life – Form and Color: Provincetown-Koganei,” Gallery Brocken & Gallery Hasimoto , Koganie (Tokyo), Japan
“USA on Paper,” Odsgard Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
“Landscape Show,” Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
1983-84 “RAFT – A Grand Canyon Landscape Exhibit” Scottsdalae Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ; Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ; Yuma Art Center, Yuma, AZ
“The Painters of the Sun Gallery,” Provincetown Art Association and Museum , Provincetown, MA
“The Lumberyard Painters,” Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
“Tenth Street Days: the Co-ops of the 50’s” New York, NY
“Solo Exhibition,” Derby Gallery, Berkeley, CA
1960-65 “Group Shows,” Quay Gallery, Tiburon, CA; Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
1957 “Eight New Artists,” Artists Gallery, New York,
1955 “Billmyer, Harrison, Orlowsky,” James Gallery, New York, NY
“Fifteen Staten Island Artists,” Pietrantonio Gallery, New York, NY
1954-57 “Group Shows”: Staten Island Museum, Staten Island, NY; Cape Cod Art Association, Hyannis, Ma: Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA; Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA
“International Watercolor Show,” Brooklyn Art Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Lectures, Teaching, Studio Tours:

2010 Panelist: “Robert Fisher,” Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
2009 Panelist: “Hans Hofmann: Search for the Real,” Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
Teaching: Visiting Artist, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Tour of my studio, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
Tour of my studio, Arizona 5 Arts Circle, Scottsdale, AZ
2008 Teaching: Studio Workshop for High School Students, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2007 Teaching: Workshop for Adults, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2006 Lecturer: “Threshold: Brian Kim`1920-2004,” Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
Teaching: Workshop for High School Students, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale. AZ
2005 Teaching: Visiting Artist, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2004 Teaching: Visiting Artist, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Lecturer: “Joseph Albers – Seeing In Color,” Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ.
2003 Lecturer: “Hans Hofmann,” Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ

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Collections

Cape Cod Museum of Art, Provincetown, MA
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
Rose Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Private Collections throughout U.S., Canada, Japan

She is represented by

James Ratliff Gallery, Sedona, AZ
Beauregard Fine Art, Rumsfield, NJ
ACME Fine Art, Boston, MA
Gallery Ehva, Provincetown, MA

Biography

1932 Born Hollywood, California. Father director and animator on animated cartoons for Columbia Pictures; mother hat designer.
1943 Family moved to New York City
1946 – 1950 Music and Art High School, New York, NY
1950 – 1951 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
1951 – 1952 Morris Davidson School of Fine Art, New York City and Provincetown, MA (scholarship)
1952 – 1953 Studied painting with Jack Tworkov, New York, NY (scholarship)
1953 – 1957 Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art, New York, NY and Provincetown, MA (scholarship and monitor)
1954 – 1960 New York University, New York, NY.
1959 Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude with honors in English – minor in Fine Arts – studied with Philip Guston) – scholarship
1960 Master of Arts – graduate scholarship
1960 – 1964 University of California, Berkeley, CA (scholarship & teaching assistanceship in English)
1965 – 1974 Taught English and Fine Arts in California community colleges
1974 – 1980 Dean of Instruction in California community colleges
1980 – 1993 Moved to Phoenix, AZ: President: Rio Salado Community College (1980-85); Gateway Community College (1985-88); Phoenix College (1988-93)
1993- present: Lives in Wickenburg, AZ in a studio overlooking a saguaro-filled canyon of the Sonoran desert.

Artist Statement

Oceans and deserts fascinate me. They share spacial openness, an unending skyline, subtle changes in form and color as the sun moves across the sky, and a demand that we adapt to them. They will not adapt to us. Both have an intense,vibrant presence — which is not surprising: deserts began life as oceans millions of years ago. I want my work to express that vibrant intensity.

My paintings usually grow out of pencil, ink, or charcoal drawings done on site. Some drawings are realistic, some abstract – but in all of them I try to catch the particular quality of that slice of desert or ocean. In my studio the paintings evolve from the on-site drawings, my memory, and the multitude of small drawings I do at night as I think about painting. Often a particular scene, drawing, or memory will absorb me and I will do ten or fifteen paintings of that particular place – each painting investigating a different aspect of the site and my response to it.

My work was influenced early by Cubism and the abstract expressionist painters Hans Hofmann, Willem de Kooning, and Franz Kline, later by the California figurative painters David Park and Richard Diebenkorn, and later still by Japanese prints and Chinese landscape painting. Chinese “splashed ink” paintings of the thirteenth century – the artist splashed ink on wet paper and let the irregular ink forms suggest a landscape that the artist would bring to life through a few brush strokes – has particularly interested me. Most recently I have been influenced by the Chinese aesthetic of the singular importance of the ink brush stroke for creating the basic form, subject and emotion of the painting. — Myrna Harrison, Wickenburg, AZ, May 2010