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M.F.A. University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.

M.A. Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

B.F.A. Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

B. A. Drew University, Madison, New Jersey.


CHERYL HARPER: LIFE AS I KNOW IT Elizabethtown College Hess Gallery, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, 2017

CONVENIENT VANITIES AND POLITICAL FANCIES James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2014.

WIND CHALLENGE EXHIBITION Fleisher Art Memorial of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 2008.

DIRTY POLITICS John Sloan Art Center, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, 2008.

WALL PAPERS New Works on Paper, NEXUS Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1997.

Mental Pictures NEXUS Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1995.

Ruminations NEXUS Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1993.

West Chester University McKinney Gallery, Mitchell Hall, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 1991.

Collective Memory Janvier Gallery, Newark, Delaware, 1990.


ARTship Olympia Independence Seaport Museum on the ship Olympia, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, June 25 - October 2, 2016.

Surviving the Storm: Hurrican Katrina 10 Years After Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland, 2016

Victory for Tyler Biennial Juried by Anthony Elms Ice Box Gallery at Crane Arts. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2015.

64 Arts: America Here and Now. Juried by Eric Fischl. Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, Illinois, 2012.

Biennial National Juried Ceramics Exhibition Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, Arizona, Juror: Kurt Weiser, 2009.

Crossing Lines Delaware Center for Contemporary Art , Wilmington, Delaware, Juror: Darsie Alexander, 2009.

Interrogating Beauty, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, Delaware, Juror: Eleanor Heartney, 2008.

National Spring Open Juried Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania, Juror : Mark Van Proyen, 2007.

CraftForms 2006: 12th Annual International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania. Juror: Gretchen G. Keyworth, Fuller Craft Museum, 2006.

73rd Annual International Competition The Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Juror: Jan Howard, Baltimore Museum of Art, 1999.

26th Biennial Juried Exhibition Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania, Juror: Paul Master-Kamik, 1998.

Hilo National Drawing Exhibition University of Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii, Juror: Howardena Pindell, 1991.

Paper/Fiber XIII Iowa City , Iowa, Juror: Norma Minkowitz, 1990.

An International Juried Exhibition: Collage Works Clary-Miner Gallery, Buffalo, New York, Juror: Carol Townsend, 1989.

Sixth Annual National Exhibition: Small Impressions, Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Somerville, New Jersey. 1988.

Second Parkside National Small Print Exhibition Kenosha. Wisconsin, Juror: Rudy Pazzotti, 1988.

Fifth Annual Print Competition Payne Gallery, Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1987.


Power and Politics Anne Street Gallery, Newburgh, New York, 2016

Pope-Up Globe Dye Works, Philaelphia, Pennsylvania 2015

Sculpture 2013 New Hope Arts Center, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 2013.

Opposites Attract. University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvnia, 2011.

Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2008 The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2008

Philadelphia Sculptors at West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 2008.

Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2007 The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2007.

Now apPIERing Atlantic City Art Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 2007.

Combining Forces Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City, Maryland 2006.

Craft Art Western New York 2006 Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York 2006.

Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2006 The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 2006.

ARTFRONT Project (Philadelphia, PA) 13th and Walnut Streets in collaboration with Carla Lombardi, 1996.

4th Biennial Works on Paper Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, Juror: Paul Wong, director of Dieu Donne Paper Mill, NYC, 1995.

Color Now Main Line Art Center, Haverford, Pennsylvania, 1994. Juror: Laura Rosenstock, Museum of Modern Art, 1994.

Mill Opening Show Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, Maryland, 1993.

23rd Annual Juried Exhibition Allentown Art Museum, Allentown,Pennsylvania, Juror: Cheryl Brutvan, Albright Knox Gallery, 1992.

Second Annual Works on Paper Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, New Jersey, Juror: Alison Weld, 1989.

Fourth Annual Juried Print Exhibition Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1989.

New Prints Northeast Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York, 1988.

Third Annual Juried Print Exhibition Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,1988.


JOG 10 James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2016

Heads of State Hamilton Street Gallery Bound Brook, New Jersey, 2016

Forces James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2016

Proclamation Pop James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2015

Symbolic Speech, Freedom of Expression, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2015.

Obama-rama, Projects Gallery, Philadephia, Pennsylvania, 2009.

Party Headquarters: Voting is Just the Beginning, Curated by Eleanor Heartney and Larry Litt, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, New York, 2008.

Animal Show Salon des Amis, Malvern, Pennsylvania 2005.

Articles of Faith: Sacred Objects and Secular Narratives
Curated by Gerard Brown. Philadelphia Art Alliance. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1998.

Painted Words: The Intersection of Art and Language Curated by Anne Raman.Borowsky Gallery at the Gershman Y Philadelphia Pennsylvania. 1997.

Bodyworks Cheryl Harper , Co-Editor, Broadcast channel 12 WHYY , Philadelphia PA, October 31, 1995, March 19, 1996.

Kristallnacht and the Holocaust Curated by Anne Raman. Borowsky Gallery at the Gershman Y , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1995.

Bodyworks International House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1994.

Nexus at Veridian Veridian Gallery, New York, New York, 1994.

Alternatives Nexus Foundation for Today's Art , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1993.

New Dimensions Borowsky Gallery at the Gershman Y, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1993.

NEXUS Selects Foundation for Today's Art, NEXUS, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1992.

Prints 1990 Susan Isaacs Gallery, Wilmington, Delaware.

Summer Group Show Susan Isaacs Gallery, Wilmington, Delaware,1989.

Artists Create Books Susan Isaacs Gallery, Wilmington, Delaware, 1989.


First Prize in Sculpture, Art of the State, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2008

ARTFRONT Partnership, (Philadelphia, PA) Award for window project in collaboration with Carla Lombardi., 1996.

Main Line Art Center Award Color Now Main Line Art Center, Haverford, Pennsylvania, 1994.

Third Award Collage Works International Exhibition Clary-Miner Gallery, Buffalo, New York,1989.

First Prize Joseph Pennell Award, Third Annual Juried Print Exhibition Philadelphia Sketch Club. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1988.

Bertha Anolic Memorial Fine Arts Award (administered by Gratz College, Philadelphia,PA), travel grant to Israel,1986.


Independent Curator, 2004-present. For more information click here

Board Member, Philadelphia Sculptors, 2008-2014.

Adjunct Instructor, Delaware County Community College, Media, Pennsylvania, 2006-2012.

Curator, Borowsky Gallery and Open Lens Gallery at the Gershman YMHA. Philadelphia, PA, 1998-2004.

Instructor, Chester Springs Art Studio, 1998-9.

Associate Curator, Borowsky Gallery at the Gershman YMHA. Philadelphia, PA , 1995-1998.

Instructor, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 1997.

Co-Juror and invited speaker, Job Corps Regional Arts Competition, Region III, 1994,1995.

Instructor, Tyler School of Art, Department of Graphic Design (printmaking), Temple University, 1991-1993

Vice-President, Foundation for Today's Art, NEXUS, Philadelphia PA , 1994.

Video Co-Editor, BODYWORKS, a documentary on artistswith physical challenges; funding provided by Scribe, Philadelphia, PA, 1993.



Feature: January 26, 2017 (by Jane Holahan) "Cheryl Harper gives you plenty to think about in her show at Elizabethtown College"
Review: September 22, 2016 (by Ralph J. Bellentoni)
Review: September 15, 2016 (by Christopher Munden):
Review: August 29, 2014 (by Elizabeth Roan):
Review:Philadelphia Inquirer August 14, 2016 (by Edith Newhall)
Review: Philadelphia Inquirer July 17, 2016 (by Edith Newhall)
Review: Philadelphia Inquirer December 14, 2014 (by Edith Newhall)
Interview: Paperclips215 December 12, 2014 (by Kelly Stone and Erica Minutella)
Review: Knight Arts "Cheryl Harper Solidifies Social and Political Absurdity at James Oliver Gallery" (review by Chip Schwartz) illustrations. December 4, 2014.
Review: ARTblog "Dark Vanities-Cheryl Harper at James Oliver Gallery," (review by Lauren Findlay) illustrations. December 3, 2014.
Editor's pick: Main Line Today (by Hobart Rowland), November, 2014.
Bucks County Courier Times, " Post Modern Icons" cover illust., April 19, 2013.
Review: ART NEWS "Obama-rama" (review by Robin Rice) pg. 121, Illustration April 2009.
Review: Philadelphia City Paper “Hot off the Prez” (review by Robin Rice) February 10, 2009.
Review: F. Lennox Campello, Sunday, February 8, 2009.
Review: ICON November 2008 review byEd Higgins p. 12 Cover illust.

Review: Philadelphia Inquirer by Edith Newhall November 1, 2008. Ilust. arts/20081102_Study_of_contrasts_in_contemporaries_of_James_Castle.html
Review: Philadelphia Weekly review by Roberta Fallon October 23, 2008, illust.
Feature: Main Line Today "Art Appreciation "by J. F. Piero and Dawn E. Warden (feature) September 2008
Review: The Philadelphia Inquirer ( by Victoria Donohoe) “Local artists make mark on exhibit” Friday, August 1, 2008 Weekend W36 illust.
Wonkette DC gossip February 11, 2008
Review: Philadelphia Inquirer (by Victoria Donohoe) Sunday February 10, 2008 Section L14. Illust.
Feature: The Eagle’s Eye “Political, provocative: Harper’s work in Sloan”, Lock Haven University (feature by Sarah Wojcik). November 14, 2007.illust.
Review: Lancaster Online ( by Maryalice Bitts) gttp:// August 7, 2007
Review: Philadelphia Inquirer ( by Victoria Donohoe) Sunday July 29, 2007, Section L Illust.
Review: Suburban and Wayne Times (by Marie Fowler) Main Line Ticket June 28, 2007
Review: Philadelphia Inquirer (rby Victoria Donohoe), Sunday, June 24, 2007 Section L
Review: Philadelphia Inquirer ( by Victoria Donohoe) Sunday, December 17, 2006, Section L.
Philadelphia Inquirer (W31) Friday, September 30, 2005 illust.
Philadelphia Weekly   (recommended) April 3, 1997
Feature: Main Line Life April 13, 1995
Philadelphia Inquirer  (Neighbor’s ) February 20, 1994
Review: Philadelphia Inquirer  (Weekend ) July 23, 1993
Review: Art Matters (review),  April, 1993
Review: Welcomat April 21, 1993
Feature: West Chester Daily Local October 12, 1991 illustrations