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artist , educator

William C. Harper, American artist, educator. National Education Association fellow 1974-1975, 78-79, 90-91, National Education Association master craftsmen apprentice grantee 1979-1980, 80-81, Florida Arts Council individual artist fellow 1980-1981, 85-86. Honorary board directors James Renwick Alliance Smithsonian Institute, since 1993.


Harper, William C. was born on June 17, 1944 in Bucyrus, Ohio, United States. Son of William C. and Margaret A. (Gearhart) Harper.


Bachelor of Science, Western Reserve University, 1966. Master of Science, Western Reserve University, 1967. Certified, Cleveland Institute Art, 1967.


Teacher Parma (Ohio) School System, 1967-1970. Visiting professor Kent (Ohio) State University, 1970-1973. Self-employed artist Tallahassee, since 1973.

Visiting professor Parsons School Design, New York City, 1980, Cleveland Institute Art, 1984-1985. Distinguished research professor Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1973-1991.


  • Other Work

    • Represented in collections The Vatican Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Metropolitan Museum Art, Boston Museum Fine Arts, Cleveland Museum Art, Philadelphia Museum Art, Detroit Institute Art, Renwick Gallery National Museum American Art, Washington, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York City, Yale University, Museum of Applied Arts, Trondheim, Norway, Schmuckmus., Phorzheim, Germany, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Columbus (Ohio) Museum Art, Spencer Art Museum-U. Kansas, Butler Institute Art, Youngstown, Ohio.


Honorary board directors James Renwick Alliance Smithsonian Institute, since 1993.


Married Riva Ross, June 11, 1967. Children: Meredith, Joshua.

William C. Harper

Margaret A. (Gearhart) Harper

Riva Ross

Meredith Harper

Joshua Harper