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Erica Harney (b. New York, 1984) is a fine artist, curator, scenic painter and educator based in Philadelphia since 2011. She holds a BFA in
Drawing and Painting from Alfred University, Magna Cum Laude (2006) and an MFA in Drawing and Painting from the Pennsylvania State
University (2010). She has also studied at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy.
The artist is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Graham Endowed Fellowship, a Daniel J. Murphy II Award for Creativity, a Christos N.
Apostle Grant, a microgrant from Blick Art Supplies. She has been an artist-in-residence at ArtScape in Toronto, Weir Farm Art Center in
Connecticut, the Palazzo Rinaldi Artists’ Residence in Italy, and has had two partial fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.
Harney’s work has been exhibited widely in galleries at the local, national, and international level since 2006. In recent years, the artist’s focus
has expanded to include several large public commissions for institutions such as the Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Penn State
Hershey College of Medicine, The Bancroft School and the 3M Corporation. She has curated group exhibitions throughout the northeast, and has
organized benefit exhibitions for Opera Philadelphia, The Philly Kitty Rescue and The Killian Mansfield Foundation.
Before the Pandemic, the artist regularly collaborated with visual artists, musicians, writers, and choreographers on a wide range of creative
projects. She is affiliated with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and has worked as a muralist and restoration artist in and around Philadelphia.
Most significantly, Harney has worked professionally as a scenic painter for theatre, ballet, opera, television and museums until March 2020.
Notable production partners include Opera Philadelphia, Opera Delaware and First State Ballet (both in Wilmington, DE), the Fulton Theatre in
Lancaster, PA and HBO. She has held teaching positions at Alvernia University, the Pennsylvania State University and Cecil College in Maryland
as well as Philadelphia-area art centers. She joined the Lansdowne Arts Board in 2020.
Since the Pandemic, she has recommitted to her personal studio practice and has been focusing on paintings of landscape and architecture,
influenced heavily by her extensive experience in painting backdrops for theatre.