Friday Art Night at the Museum: Jim Harper
July 6, 2018
5 - 8 pm
Museum of the Earth
Come see the beautiful flora paintings and unique photographic images by Jim Harper and make some art! The Museum is open until 8 pm.

Friday Art Night at the Museum: Jim Harper

July 6, 2018, 5 - 8 pm
Museum of the Earth

We have extended evening hours at the Museum of the Earth on First Friday Art Night, July 6, 2018—the Museum will be open until 8 pm! Admission to the Museum on Friday Art Nights (from 5 to 8 pm) is only $5.00.

Included with admission to the Museum is our First Friday Art Night activity: “Looking Past the Object” that will be led by our featured artist in July, Jim Harper. Using the many beautiful specimens in our new special exhibit "Secrets of the Skull: From Titanoboa to Tuatara" as models, Harper will guide participants on how to look at the forms and volumes of an object through artist's eye. Drawing supplies will be provided for you to be able to try your hand at sketching the things you find most fascinating.

Visit the Museum of the Earth's Gift shop to see the vibrant Flora paintings, and unique photos of everyday objects, our featured artist Jim Harper. The Museum will be open for extended evening hours for this show in the Museum's Gift Shop.

An artist for over 40 years, Jim Harper works in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, and functional art. His focus has been in exploring the sculptural shapes and forms in everyday objects, as well as the textures that enrich their surfaces. His work looks to showcase the multi-curvilinear lines, volumes, and textures that transcends the simple definition of an object.

Harper's paintings include studies on the patterns of light and color in interior and exterior landscapes—-both natural and man-made. He is currently working on a series of paintings exploring the sculptural aspects of flora, which emphasize the sculptural shapes and vibrant colors of his subjects.

In photography, Harper’s work focuses on seeing everyday objects in new ways. The pattern made by the remnants of old posters, the shapes highlighted by sunlight illuminating the corner of room, or a still life created by passage of time and weather—his photos highlight details of what others would might just pass by without a second glance. 

Harper has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts: Metalwork & Jewelry from Northern Illinois University, and a Master of Arts degree in Sculpture from Governors State University (IL). He has also done several years of post-graduate study in the field of Education at Cornell University. Born and raised in the Chicago area, he moved to Ithaca, New York in 1978.

Light refreshments will be served, and Harper will be on hand to talk about his work. Admission to the show in the Museum's Gift Shop is free, regular admission rates apply to Museum exhibits and the Art Activity. Harper’s artwork will be on display through the end of July.

While you are there, take the opportunity to enjoy an evening at the Museum of the Earth, which is open extended evening hours on Friday Art Nights. See over 100 skulls from tiny bird skulls to giant Triceratops and whale skulls in our new special exhibit "Secrets of the Skull: From Titanoboa to Tuatara". Learn how nature has shaped a complex structure to protect vertebrates' brain and sensory organs. Every vertebrate's skull is beautifully adapted for its unique role in the web of life. Join us to unlock the secrets of the skull.



First Friday Art at the Museum