I am deeply committed to a life of learning. I believe in the quest for knowledge in a broad sense, understanding that knowledge comes from a range of pursuits: experience, mentorship, self-discovery, and searching for (and into) the things that offer wonderment and excitement.
I am an artist, an educator, and someone who feels an innate responsibility to contribute. With this in mind, I pursue my interests not as novelty, but as motivation to become better at what I do. As experience is gained, so too is the responsibility to give back to others – through the reach and breadth of my artwork, the example and mentorship I give my students, and by my efforts to broaden the opportunities available to others in my field.
Ultimately, I pursue these interests in search of new experience, working to synthesize these efforts in search of a better whole.
Brian Harper is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Art and Ceramics Area Coordinator at Indiana University Southeast. He holds a BFA from Northern Arizona University and an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. His artwork investigates our inherent human wonderment of the unknown and the methods, mythological or otherwise, for how we give structure to unknown elements of our observed, unobserved, and unobservable world. His work has been exhibited in over 80 national and international exhibitions, including 7 solo exhibitions.
In addition to his studio practice, he is the Founder and Executive Director of Artaxis.org, a growing online network of over 400 contemporary artists that serves as a way to keep artists and viewers connected and communicating about ceramic art. Widely used as a resource by the general public, academia, and professional artists, Artaxis.org provides the opportunity to view a wide array of work relevant to the critical discourse in contemporary ceramic art. He has recently been awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at IU Southeast, and has been the recipient of two IU Trustees Teaching Awards, as well as three Summer Faculty Fellowships in the last four years to pursue his creative research. Currently, he is living in New Albany, Indiana with his wife Tiffany and their two dogs, Oliver and Oslo. More information about his work and studio practice can be found on his website at www.brianharperstudio.com