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Professor Rebecca Harvey

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  • Professor Rebecca Harvey
  • Area

    School of Arts & Humanities

    Role

    Head of Applied Arts

    • Ceramics & Glass
  • Head of Applied Arts

    • Jewellery & Metal
  • Professor Rebecca Harvey is Head of Applied Arts at the Royal College of Art in London. This role combines the programmes of Ceramics & Glass and Jewellery & Metal, preserving the integrity and excellence of each while providing a larger umbrella under which discussions of material concerns can expand across disciplines.

  • Biography

  • Rebecca Harvey was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1961 and currently lives and works south of the river in London. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Numerous awards include several Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Awards, Greater Columbus Arts Council Award and International residencies in countries from Sweden to China, Canada to Italy and Iceland to Germany. She regularly writes about the intertwined histories of the decorative arts, and articles featuring her work have appeared in Studio Potter and American Craft.

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  • Practice

  • Harvey’s work is based in the residue, both physical and intangible, of objects. Project-based sculptural work reflects the implications of place on process and materials as well as the sea of image and meaning that forms the ways that objects carry, create, and compound meaning.  Ceramic work often focuses on the mold and the cast and the correlation between the two, in the twinned relationship between container and contained. The interior of one object becomes the exterior of the other, the lines between the two become blurred.

  • External collaborations

  • Rebecca Harvey maintains close ties with The Ohio State University where she serves as International Liaison, Applied Arts and Engineering.

  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Selected Exhibitions

    2018

    10x10x10xTieton, Tieton Arts and Humanities: Tieton, Washington (Juried)                          

    A Sense of Place, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art: Augusta Georgia (Juried)           

    The Sculptural VesselClay Center of New Orleans: New Orleans, Louisiana (Juried) 

    Sculpted and SmallClay Center of New Orleans: New Orleans, Louisiana (Juried) 

    Clay National XIII: Out of the Mold, Carbondale Clay Center: Carbondale, Colorado (Juried) 

    2018 Southern Miss Ceramics National, University of Southern Mississippi: Hattiesburg, Mississippi (Juried) 

    VesselsSchumaker Gallery; Columbus, Ohio (Invitation) 

    Expatriate Ceramics, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Invitation) 

    2017

    Ceramic Innovations, Wayne Arts Center: Wayne, Pennsylvania (Juried) 

    Clay for The Wall, MWSU Clay Guild, St Joesph Missouri (Juried) 

    2016

    Ceramics as Deception, Urban Arts Space; Columbus, Ohio (Curated)

    2016 Southern Miss Ceramics National, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi           (Juried) 

    Semaphore and Shadows, Honors Art Gallery; Rome, Italy (Invitation) 

    Colloquy: Faculty and Graduate Students of OSU and OUFort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery; Columbus, Ohio (Curated) 

    Wish you were here; Department of Art Faculty Exhibition, Urban Arts Space; Columbus, Ohio, Pearl Gallery; Mansfield Ohio (Curated)

    2015

    The Space Between, Otterbein University, Fisher Gallery; Westerville, Ohio (Invitation)

    To Be Determined, Pawtucket Armory, NCECA; Providence, Rhode Island (Curated)

    2014

    Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, Seiler Gallery; Zanesville, Ohio (Juried)

    A Home for Joe, Fenwick Art Gallery; Berea, Ohio (Invitation)

    All Ohio Ceramic Arts Invitational, Heights Art; Cleveland, Ohio (Invitation) 

    2013

    Independent, Dorothy W. & C. Lawson Reed, Jr. Gallery, University of Cincinnati DAAP Galleries (Invitation)

    Show Clay, Hess Gallery, Elizabeth, Pennsylvania (Invitation) 

    2012

    Traces, Listhus Residency, Olafjord, Iceland (Invitation)

    Translation, Zentrum for Keramic, Berlin, Germany (Invitation)

    Fresh Figurines, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton Massachusetts (Invitation)

    2011

    Renegade Chicago, Field House, Chicago, Illinois (Juried)

    Jetz Nacht X/1 Objects in PorzellanDresden Porcelain Factory, Dresden Germany (Invitation)

    Cup: Intimate Object, Crimson Laurel Gallery; Bakersville, North Carolina (Invitation)

    Alchemy – from Dust to FormHarn Museum, University of Florida (Juried)

    Work in ProgressBanff Centre: Banff, Canada  (Invitation)

    ICFF Rough and Perfect, Javitz Center; New York, New York (Juried)

    2010

    Craft Forms 2010, Wayne Center for the Arts; Wayne, Pennsylvania (Juried)

    BonFire-- Rough and PerfectUppercase Gallery, Calgary, Canada (Invitation)

    Form, Figure, Function: Contemporary Ohio Clay, Springfield Museum of Art; Springfield Ohio Zanesville Museum of Art; Zanesville, Ohio; Canton Museum of Art; Canton, Ohio (Invitation)

    Intelligent Hand -- Rough and PerfectDesign boom, International Virtual exhibition (Juried)

    2009

    Shakespeare Wooden Minnow -- The Non Fiction Design CollectiveThe Clay Studio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Invitation)

    US/UK Iron SymposiumSalem Art Works; Salem, New York (Invitation)

    Teapots: Functional, Formal and Narrative, Haas Fine Arts Center: University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire (Invitation)

    ICFF Non Fiction Design Collection, Javitz Center; New York, New York (Juried)

    Launch Party -- Non Fiction Design Collective, High Street; Cincinnati, Ohio (Invitation)

    Small Favors, The Clay Studio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Invitation)

    2008

    Terra IncognitoBaltimore Clayworks; Baltimore, Maryland (Curated)

    Words with OA -- Non Fiction Design Collective, Old School, Uppercase Gallery;Calgary, Canada (Invitation)

    Unexpected Guests, Street installation Non Fiction Design Collective Columbus, Ohio (Invitation)

    Small Favors, The Clay Studio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (Invitation)

    Flipping Eras -- Non Fiction Design Collective, Hopkins Hall Gallery, Columbus, Ohio (Invitation)

    The Bird: Homage to BrancusiThe Clay Studio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Invitation)


    Selected Awards

    Ohio Arts Council: Individual Artists Fellowship
    Category: Crafts
    Monetary grant, Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, Ohio 2017

    'Trace/Translation' – Project Grant
    College of the Arts Research Grant:The Ohio State University; Columbus, Ohio 2012

    'The Midday Sun -- or I had ambition' – Project Grant
    College of the Arts Research Grant:
    The Ohio State University; Columbus, Ohio 2010

    Ohio Arts Council: Individual Artists Fellowship
    Category: Design
    Monetary grant, Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, Ohio 2009


    Papers presented

    'Consuming the Other: Dinnerware and the Decorative' National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, (NCECA) Portland, Oregon 2017

    'Shifting Foundations', Hawaii International Conference on the Arts & Humanities Honolulu Hawaii 2015

    'Teaching Tactility', Hawaii International Conference on the Arts & Humanities Honolulu Hawaii 2014

    'Darkness and Decoration: the Subterranean and the Cerebral: Cast Iron's Role in the Decorative Arts 1850 – 1950', FE 10 6th International Conference of Cast Iron, Kidweely Industrial Museum; Kidweely, Wales 2010

    'Consuming the Other: Dinnerware and the Decorative' and 'Teaching Tactility', Victorian Interdisciplinary Society of the Western United States, University of Hawaii; Honolulu Hawaii 2010

    'The Nature of Color'National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, (NCECA) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2009

    'Concretion of Loss'Visible Memories Conference Syracuse University, Syracuse New York 2008


    Other activities

    Studio Residency; Chulitna Lodge, Lake Clark, Alaska 2017

    2017 Studio Residency; CRETA, Rome, Italy 2016

    Rebecca Harvey Narrative Print: Summer Institute, Otterbein University, Otterbien, Ohio 2015

    Studio Residency; Listhus, Olafsfojord, Iceland 2014

    Studio Residency; Keramic ZentrumBerlin, Germany 2014

    Studio Residency; Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Canada 2011

    This is a Test; Commission Short story & related works Cleveland, Ohio: 2010

    Larva Teapot: Acquisition, Racine Art Museum: Racine, Wisconsin 2010

    Print Panel: Commission, Non Fiction Design Collective, Columbus, Ohio 2008

    Visiting Faculty; China Program, West Virginia University 2008

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  • Awards and Grants

  • Numerous awards include several Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Awards, Greater Columbus Arts Council Award and International residencies in countries from Sweden to China, Canada to Italy and Iceland to Germany. She regularly writes about the intertwined histories of the decorative arts, and articles featuring her work have appeared in Studio Potter and American Craft.

Selected work

Research

Research interests

Rebecca Harvey’s work revolves around questions of the domestic and posits of a way of looking at decorative art that reveals hidden fears and desires. She is particularly interested in how collective ideas shape and mold our perceptions of the world and how these new perceptions are reflected in the environments we construct for ourselves.

Current and recent research

The Space Between: 2018 - present

This project focuses on the relationship between the object and its external shape. I’ve been a moldmaker for many years, primarily for slipcasting ceramics, and this is an extension of a long practice of looking at and understanding the translation of form into external frameworks that hold the object within.  Objects such as Bullwhip kelp, pine branches, and newspaper balls are tightly wrapped in a paper substrate, at once obscuring and abstracting their form.

Roadside America: 2016 – present

This body of work explores an increase in scale, and blurs the line between vessel and the object it contains. Pieces pile and jumble together, sliding again into landscape in their own right. I am working towards a visceral intensity of the physical, pushing against a measuring of the body, increasing the scale to a point where the weight and mass of the object can make more insistent demands. I am looking for a point where the space and the volume in the work become almost inhabitable, a space that breaks the bounds of the domestic and allows them an agency entire.