Erica Harney (b. New York, 1984) 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. Harney has exhibited extensively across the US and internationally. Significant solo and group exhibitions have taken place at the SELECT Fair at Art Basel Miami Beach, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA, the Crane Arts Center, Lacey & Phillips Gallery and the Boston Street Gallery in Philadelphia and several New York City galleries such as Greenpoint Gallery, Sara Meltzer and Coleman Burke. Notable venues also include The Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE; Cecil College in Elkton, MD; Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY; the Pennsylvania State University; Penn State Harrisburg; Red Raven Art Company in Lancaster, PA; Estate Yard Gallery in Castlecomer, Ireland. She is represented by InLiquid (Philadelphia) and The Palette & the Page in Elkton, MD. Her solo exhibition, Romanticism and the Theatre of Everyday Living, is currently on display at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, NY originally having opened at the Pennsylvania State University in October 2017. She is currently preparing for solo exhibitions at The Palette & the Page (April 2018) and Manhattanville College (fall 2018). 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 and a microgrant from Blick Art Supplies. She has been featured in several publications including KA Confidential, Studio Visit Magazine, Southern Humanities Review and TriQuarterly, and she illustrated the cover of Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass: A Psychologist’s Memoir by Annita Sawyer. Harney has been a resident artist at ArtScape in Toronto, Weir Farm in Connecticut, the Palazzo Rinaldi in Italy, and the Vermont Studio Center. Harney currently teaches courses in Drawing, Design, Art Appreciation and Color Theory at and Cecil College in North East, MD, and Alvernia University’s Philadelphia Center having previously taught at the Pennsylvania State University and the New York State Summer School of the Arts at SUNY Brockport. She continues to lead various workshops, lectures and community education classes across the Mid-Atlantic region including Penn State Hershey Medical Center and the New Canaan Library in CT. Harney has also curated and organized group exhibitions at Iona College, Alfred University, Penn State and throughout Philadelphia. Erica Harney has worked collaboratively with visual artists, musicians, writers, and choreographers. On a larger scale, she works with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program in addition to freelance mural work (most recently, a pair of murals for the brand new state-of-the-art campus of the Bancroft School in Mount Laurel, NJ). Harney has also spent several years working as a scenic painter for Philadelphia-area theatre and production companies that include Opera Philadelphia, Opera Delaware, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA, the New Candlelight Theatre in Wilmington, DE, Proof Productions in Sewell, NJ, the DARPA Robotics Competition and others. It is this work that most directly impacts her current studio practice.

Work Samples

  • Bancroft School Gym Mural

  • Bancroft School Pool Mural

  • Neverland Nursery Mural

Work & Education History

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Pennsylvania State University SoVA


2012 City of Philadelphia Mural Training Program: Philadelphia, PA 2011 Christos N. Apostle Charitable Trust Grant 2010 Pennsylvania State University Faculty Travel Opportunity Grant 2009 Dedalus Foundation Grant Nominee 2008 Pennsylvania State University College of Art & Architecture Research Opportunity Grant 2008 Pennsylvania State University School of Visual Arts Research Opportunity Grant 2008 Pennsylvania State University...
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