Shana ParkeHarrison

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Shana ParkeHarrison
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Born1964 (age 59–60)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • BFA
  • Dance History
  • Metalsmithing
Alma mater
  • William Woods College
  • University of New Mexico
Years active1990-present
EmployerSkidmore College
Spouse(s)Robert ParkeHarrison

Shana ParkeHarrison; born 1964[1] is an American photographer. She is married to Robert ParkeHarrison, with whom she creates fine-art photography that “explores the complex relationship linking humans, nature and technology.”[2]

Education and career

Shana studied Painting at William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri.[3] She graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.[1] From 1991 to 1994, Shana pursued her graduate studies degree at University of New Mexico.[4] There, she studied Dance History and Metalsmithing. Since the mid-90’s, Shana has worked with her husband and collaborator, Robert ParkeHarrison.[3] In many of their early works, only Robert was credited as the artist. In 2000, the ParkeHarrisons publicly acknowledged their collaborative efforts, and have since re-credited their works to include Shana’s contributions.[5] Outside of photography and fine arts pursuits, Shana has taught at multiple colleges throughout the United States. In 2004, she served as a guest faculty member at San Francisco Art Institute in California. At various times from 2009 to 2015, the ParkeHarrisons taught photography intensives at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado.[4] Shana ParkeHarrison currently teaches in the art department of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.[3]

Artistic style and commentary

The ParkeHarrisons use a hybrid of varying media to construct their scenes – painting, sculpture, collage, photogravure, and performance art are all utilized to create the final versions of their photographs.[1][5] All of the props used within their staged photos are either hand-made or found.[5] Together, the ParkeHarrisons work to stage images that offer layers of duality and explore the fragile human condition.[2] Their work focuses on the relationship between humans and the environment.[1] To represent humankind within their surreal, post-apocalyptic world, the ParkeHarrisons created a character called, “The Everyman,” who was played by Robert himself. The Everyman creates implausible and surreal tools in an effort to rejuvenate the desolated Earth.[5]

Exhibitions and publications

The photographs of Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison have been displayed in 18 solo exhibitions and over 30 group shows worldwide.[4] Their works can be found in over 20 prestigious museum collections.[1] They are currently represented in two galleries: The Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Illinois and the Slete Gallery in Venice, CA|Venice, California.[4] To date, the ParkeHarrisons have released four monographs: The Architect’s Brother (2000), Listening to the Earth (2004), Book of Life: Photography of Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison (2005), and Counterpoint (2008).[4] In 2000, the New York Times included The Architect’s Brother on their list of best photography books of the year. New York Times writer Andy Grundberg called the ParkeHarrison’s work “...extremely clever and blessedly nondigital, giving the impression of being both old and futuristic in the manner of a Mad Max movie.” Shana ParkeHarrison was not credited in the New York Times article.[6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Artspace "Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison", Retrieved on 5 May 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 ParkeHarrison, Robert and Shana "Artist Statement", Retrieved on 5 May 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Skidmore College Art Department "Faculty: Shana ParkeHarrison, Professor", Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 ParkeHarrison, Robert and Shana, "Artist Resume", Retrieved on 5 May 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Aspinwall, Jane, "Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison", Present Magazine, 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  6. Grundberg, Andy, "PHOTOGRAPHY", New York Times, 2000. Retrieved on 5 May 2020.

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