• Lynne Kornecki

Schingoethe Center of Aurora University Opens Fall Exhibition“Curious By Nature"


Edie Harper's CLEOPETRA -- serigraph on paper, 12" x 12". Scroll down for more artwork...


AURORA, IL … The exhibition, “Curious by Nature: Works by Charley and Edie Harper,” is now on display at the Schingoethe Center of Aurora University, 1315 Prairie Street in the Hill Welcome Center, through Friday, December 10, 2021. Featuring over 80 prints as well as original paintings, it provides a comprehensive look into the whimsical world of artists, Charley and Edie Harper.


The Harpers are world famous for their signature style of ‘minimal realism,’ capturing the spirit of their subjects with elegantly sparse visual elements. On loan from the Springfield Museum of Art (Ohio), “Curious by Nature” provides a unique opportunity to view both of the Harpers’ works together, providing a truly immersive, curiosity provoking experience.


Charley Harper’s work is nature-based, and over his career he created pieces for many environmental organizations, including the National Park Service, Everglades National Park, and the Cincinnati Zoo as well as a groundbreaking series of illustrations for Ford Times. Charley’s work has become part of the public consciousness, having been widely reproduced on merchandise ranging from umbrellas to stationery.


Charley Harper's WHITECOAT -- serigraph on paper, 9-1/4" x 9-1/2"


Charley Harper's REDBIRDS AND REBUDS -- serigraph on paper, 15-1/4" x 14-1/4"


Edie Harper worked in several mediums, including photography, sculpture, textiles, and jewelry. This exhibition includes examples of her prints, which also focuses on natural subjects, particularly cats, as well as scenes from biblical stories and childhood memories. Her work has been featured in several shows, including Minimal Realism at the Cincinnati Art Museum and Graphic Content at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center.


Edie Harper's PEEPKIN -- serigraph on paper 12" x 19-1/2"


The Schingoethe Center museum is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The museum is FREE and open to the public.


About Schingoethe Center of Aurora University: Its mission is to foster inquiry, celebrate artistic excellence, preserve and perpetuate Native American cultures, and inspire a lifelong engagement with the visual arts. An agent of and catalyst for teaching and learning on the Aurora University campus, the museum is integral to the academic community building bridges between the classroom and beyond.

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