Don Harvey


(Gruver, 1941 - )


Digital collage paper, with steel

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Purchased with funds from William and Margaret Lipscomb


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Don Harvey is distinguished for his work across media including painting, sculpture, digital photography, performance and set design. An emeritus art faculty member at the University of Akron, Harvey has been teaching began teaching at Oberlin College since 2005. He co-founded Cleveland Public Art, was editor-in-chief of 'Dialogue' magazine and received the 1991 Cleveland Arts Prize for Visual Art. Following his residency at Cleveland’s Zygote Press in the summer of 2008, Harvey has used hand-drawn monotypes as starting points—or “fuel for imagination” —for his paintings and other large-scale compositions. These are photographed or scanned and digitally combined with other elements. A monoprint Harvey made as a classroom demonstration provides the landscape element in 'Moor', while the figure, animal and refinery were culled from three separate photographs Harvey had taken (of a woman in Paris, a dog running along the Mississippi River and a refinery). The artist notes that the single figure in a stark setting is a recurrent motif in his work and that he titled 'Moor' in response to the desolation of this landscape.