Hilary Harp creates sculptures, installations and media projects that are playful and multi-faceted. Working in a wide range of materials from plastic and steel to honey and bread she uses a visceral materiality to reconsider icons of popular culture and high art. She has received numerous awards including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, a Heinz Creative Heights grant and residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. Her work has exhibited nationally and internationally at such venues as The Sculpture Center, White Columns and Esso Gallery in New York, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco and the Pittsburgh Glass Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Born in Durham North Carolina and raised in Philadelphia, PA, she has lived and worked in New York, NY; Pittsburgh, PA and now Phoenix, AZ, where she is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Arizona State University.
Since 2003, she has worked collaboratively with Suzie Silver on a range of projects including objects, installations, videos and performances (www.harpsilver.com). Drawn to exotica, science fiction and pre-digital special effects, they create d.i.y. spectacles by combining technical sophistication with humble materials. They have exhibited their objects and installations throughout the U.S. including the Munson Proctor Williams Art Institute, Penn State University, and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Arizona State University Museum, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco; and the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Their videos, have screened all over the world, including the 2004 Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Germany; ENTERmultimediale 2, Prague, Czech Republic; Biennale Internazionale di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy; Angle: The First International Short Film and Video Festival, Xiamen, China; and Arcipelago, 13th International Festival of Short Films and New Images, Rome, Italy. Their video, “Nebula,” is distributed by the Video Data Bank. They have performed their live media variety show “Fruit Machine” in a number of venues nationally including Transformer Gallery, Washington DC; Around the Coyote Festival, Chicago, IL; and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.