Elizabeth Harington

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Career Narrative

Elizabeth Harington earned honors in painting and drawing, printmaking, and music; she brings to her endeavors a unique level of rigorous training in these fields. In 1976, Harington came to New York, and produced a series of prints based on anatomical studies, which won her the Nessa Cohen Award at the Art Students League and the National Belville Grafik award in South Africa in 1980. In 1983, she permanently relocated to the United States and became affiliated with the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Her first 24 prints were shown at the Dome Gallery in New York, in 1989. Recognition of this work in Art in America led to a MacDowell Fellowship in 1990 and a Pollock-Krasner Award in 1991.

Harington has shown internationally in New York and throughout the United States, Norway, Sweden, London, Spain, Poland, Germany, South Africa, Australia, Japan, Korea, Italy and Austria. Her work is presented in many prominent collections including those at the Art Students League in New York City, Columbia University, Harvard University, New York Public Library, Lehigh University, Christie’s International Collection in Germany, Japan and Australia, The Metropolitan Museum of New York, Stanford University, Stellenborsch University in South Africa, Montclaire Museum, Pretoria Museum, the Mathematical Science Research Institute in Berkeley, California —where her etching on The Art of Fugue won her the Auditorium First Poster Series Award in 1992, as well as the acclaimed final Pollock-Krasner Award in 2007-2008.

Harington is one of the numerous notable artists who trained at the Art Students League in New York. Its roster of former teachers and students boasts such talents as Will Barnet, Roberto DeLamonica, Georgia O’Keefe, Jackson Pollock, Louis Nevelson and James Rosenquist.


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about the artist

Career Narrative

Elizabeth Harington earned honors in painting and drawing, printmaking, and music; she brings to her endeavors a unique level of rigorous training in these fields. In 1976, Harington came to New York, and produced a series of prints based on anatomical studies, which won her the Nessa Cohen Award at the Art Students League and the National Belville Grafik award in South Africa in 1980. In 1983, she permanently relocated to the United States and became affiliated with the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Her first 24 prints were shown at the Dome Gallery in New York, in 1989. Recognition of this work in Art in America led to a MacDowell Fellowship in 1990 and a Pollock-Krasner Award in 1991.

Harington has shown internationally in New York and throughout the United States, Norway, Sweden, London, Spain, Poland, Germany, South Africa, Australia, Japan, Korea, Italy and Austria. Her work is presented in many prominent collections including those at the Art Students League in New York City, Columbia University, Harvard University, New York Public Library, Lehigh University, Christie’s International Collection in Germany, Japan and Australia, The Metropolitan Museum of New York, Stanford University, Stellenborsch University in South Africa, Montclaire Museum, Pretoria Museum, the Mathematical Science Research Institute in Berkeley, California —where her etching on The Art of Fugue won her the Auditorium First Poster Series Award in 1992, as well as the acclaimed final Pollock-Krasner Award in 2007-2008.

Harington is one of the numerous notable artists who trained at the Art Students League in New York. Its roster of former teachers and students boasts such talents as Will Barnet, Roberto DeLamonica, Georgia O’Keefe, Jackson Pollock, Louis Nevelson and James Rosenquist.


exhibitions

  • Individual Exhibitions
  • 2009, “Bach in Art” Eisenach Museum Gallery
  • 2006, “The Art of Fugue” Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, CA
  • 2006, “The Well-tempered Clavier “ Art Students League, New York
  • 2006, “Bach in Art” Johannesburg University, Transvaal, South Africa
  • 2006, “Bach in Art” Bloemfontein University, Orange Free State, South Africa
  • 2005, “Bach in Art” Stellenborsh University, Cape Province, South Africa
  • 2001, The Well-tempered Clavier, Bethlehem Bach Choir, Lehigh University, PA
  • 2000, The Well-tempered Clavier, Norske Gallerie, Oslo, Norway
  • 2000, Preludes and Fugues from The Well-tempered Clavier, The Storm King Musical Festival
  • 1998, Bach Festival, Bethlehem Bach Choir, Lafayette University, PA
  • 1997, Preludes and Fugues from The Well-tempered Clavier, SPACE 504, New York
  • 1996, Bach Festival, St Peters Church, New York
  • 1995, Preludes and Fugues from The Well-tempered Clavier, Natalie Knight Gallery, SA
  • 1994, “Tao of Physics”, Printmaking Workshop, New York
  • 1993, Preludes and Fugues (BWV846-869) in their Portfolios, Printmaking Workshop, New York
  • 1992, “Modern Masters” Bronx River Art Gallery, New York
  • 1989, “Art of Fugues” Dome Gallery, New York
  • 1988, Preludes and Fugues “BWV 846-857” Haenggi Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1984, S.A. Association of Arts, Pretoria, South Africa Gallery 21, Johannesburg, South Africa Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1982, Gowlett Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa “Gitanjali” S.A. Association of Arts, Pretoria, South Africa “Let the Conch Shells be Sounded” S.A. Association of Arts, Worchester, Cape, South Africa
  • 1981, “Gitanjali” South African Association of Arts, Belville, Cape Province, South Africa “Gitanjali” Haenggi Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa Gowlett Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Group Exhibitions
  • 2008, “New York Etchers”, National Arts Club, New York
  • 2008, Centro Dedalo Italy, “Printmaking Collection”
  • 2007, Cheryl Hasan Gallery Tribecca New York “ Two-part Invention”
  • 2007, Rumi’s Works in Modern Editions, Houghton Library, Harvard University
  • 2007, International Print Biennial in Guanlan, China
  • 2007, International Grafik Triennial, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna Museum, Austria
  • 2007, International Triennial, Oldenburg, Horst-Janssen-Museum, Germany
  • 2006, Center for Book Arts, Vincent FitzGerald & Company, New York
  • 2006, San Francisco Center for the Book Arts,Vincent FitzGerald & Company, California
  • 2006, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Vincent FitzGerald and Company, New York
  • 2006, BUNKIER SZTUKI CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY, Palace of Art, TPSP, Krakow
  • 2005, Printmaking Review, New York Society of Etchers, Art Students League, New York
  • 2005, HTLM Studio Revelations, New York
  • 2004, Triennial Krakow, Oldenburg, Horst-Janssen-Museum, Kunstlerhaus, Germany
  • 2003, BUNKIER SZTUKI CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY, Palace of Art, Krakow Poland
  • 2003, Westchester Gallery, Westchester County Center Workshop, White Plains, New York
  • 2003, The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Paul Sharpe Gallery, New York
  • 2003, Innovative Printing, Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 2003, Printmaking Workshop, Library of Congress, Washington
  • 2003, Robert Blackburn Memorial Exhibition, Cooper Union, New York
  • 2003, “Art for Peace”, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2002, International Print Gallery, Library of Congress, New York
  • 2002, New York Society of Etchers, The Art Students League, New York
  • 2000, Artists of the Printmaking Workshop, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2000, Vincent FitzGerald Publications, Columbia University, New York
  • 2000, Portfolio 2000, Printmaking Workshop, New York
  • 1999, “Abstraction”Guilford College, Greenboro, North Carolina
  • 1999, “Dialogues in Collaboration” Vincent FitzGerald Publications, New York
  • 1998, Works on Paper, SPACE 504, New York
  • 1997, “A Passion for Progress” St Croix, Virginia Printmaking Workshop, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York Artist Equity, Print Biennale, New York
  • 1996, Valentine Show, Printmaking Workshop Gallery, New York Printmaking Workshop Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York Christmas Show, Printmaking Workshop, New York Group Show from the Printmaking Workshop, Washington
  • 1995, Printmaking Group Show, Dome Gallery, New York Blair Academy, Prints from the Printmaking Workshop, Blairstown, NJ Group Show from the Printmaking Workshop, Cape Cod, MA
  • 1994, “South African Artists” National Arts Club, Gramercy Park, New York “South African Artists in America” South Africa Embassy Gallery, New York “Inspiration and Innovation in American Printing” New York Chicago Institute, Printmaking Workshop
  • 1993, Cleveland Arts Institute, Cleveland, Ohio The Christmas Show, Printmaking Workshop, New York
  • 1992, Ithaca Art Gallery, Printmaking Workshop, New York
  • 1991, Group Show from the Printmaking Workshop, Bronx River Art Gallery, New York
  • 1990, Printmaking Workshop Collection, Harlem, New York Printmaking Workshop Collection, Dome Gallery, New York
  • 1989, African Encounters, Levi Gallery, Washington DC African Encounters, Dome Gallery, New York
  • 1988, Summer Show, Dome Gallery, New York Works on Paper, Dome Gallery, New York Works on Paper, Natalie Knight Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa S.A. Award Winners Exhibition, Johannesburg, Art Museum, South Africa The Art Students League Award Winners, Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York
  • 1987, The Art Students League Printmakers, Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York
  • 1986, The Art Students League, New York
  • 1985, The Arts Students League, New York
    Miniature Show, National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa “South African Artists” Sandton Council Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1984, “The Graphic Artists” S.A. Association of Arts, Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1983, “South African Artists” Gowlett Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa “Gallery 21 Salon” Haenggi Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa Nude Show, Haenggi Foundation, South Africa Group Show, South African Association of Arts, Pretoria
  • 1982, Living Arts Biennnale, Johannesburg University, South Africa
  • 1981, Frenchen Graphic Biennale, Germany
  • 1980, “Grafik 80” Belville, Cape Province, South Africa
  • 1978, The Art Students League, New York
  • 1965, “Artists of Fame and Promise” Adler Fielding Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1962, “Artists of Rhodesia” National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1959, “Artists of Fame and Promise” Adler Fielding Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • International Exhibitions
  • 2007, International Print Triennial, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna Museum, Austria
  • 2006, BUNKIER SZTUKI CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY, Palace of Art, TPSP, Krakow
  • 2003, International Print Triennial, Krakow, Poland “Art for Peace”, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2002, Central London, St. Martin School of Art in collaboration with Smartlab, New York
  • 2000, The Well-tempered Clavier, Exhibition Porfolio,(BWV857- 869),Norske Gallerie, Oslo, Norway International Triennial, Krakow, Poland Group Show Printmaking Workshop, Osaka, Japan
  • 1997, Group Show from the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Colombia, South America
  • 1991, The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, International Show, Taiwan
  • 1988, International Printmaking Workshop Show, Atlanta, GA International Biennale, Tokyo, Japan Cadaques Mini Print International Show, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1987, Christie’s Contemporary Art Gallery, Bonn, Germany
    Christie’s Contemporary Art Gallery, Osaka, Japan
    Christie’s Contemporary Art Gallery, Sidney, Australia
  • 1983, Christie’s Contemporary International Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa Seventh International Triennial, Frenchen, Germany
  • 1982, “Living Arts” Biennale, Johannesburg University, Pretoria, South Africa

awards

  • 2008, Pollack-Krasner Award, New York
  • 2002, Pollock-Krasner Award, New York
  • 1995, Pollock-Krasner Award, New York
  • 1992, Gottlieb Foundation Award, New York
  • 1991, Pollock-Krasner Award, New York
  • 1990, The MacDowell Colony Inc Fellowship, Peterborough
  • 1987, Board of Control Scholarship, Arts Students League, New York
  • 1986, Nessa Cohen Award, Art Students League, New York
  • 1980, Belville “Grafik 80” Award, South Africa
  • 1979, Art Students League Graphic Student of the Year
  • 1964, Herbert Evans Painting Prize, University of Witwatersrand
  • 1956, Henry Lichi drawing Prize, University of Witwatersrand

publications

  • The Star, “Vereniging van Belville” Grafik’80 Bellville, October 2 1980
  • Sunday Express, “Living back in South Africa” Nigel Wrench, Horace Potter, Photographer August 16 1981
  • Cape Argus, “Strength of Feeling in Colored Etchings”, Eldred Green, June 24, 1981
  • Rand Daily Mail, “The Face of the Future”, October 1981
  • Cape Times, “Imagery is Strong and Striking” Benita Munitz, July 5 1981
  • People Page Cape Times , Gertrude Cooper’s People Page, June 27, 1981
  • The Star “Creativity the Essence of her Existence” Woman’s Page, July 1982
  • Pretoria News, “Powerful Visionary Graphics” Lorraine Clements, August, 1982
  • Rand Daily Mail “Papermakers, Blacksmiths at Living Arts “ Edwina Collier 1982
  • Rand Daily Mail “ A Dazzling Display” Gallery 21, Johannesburg 1982
  • Gallery , South African Publication, “Elizabeth Harington” by John Gatesby, The Spring Edition1983
  • Cape Times, “What lies within” Benita Munitz, September,1983
  • Pretoria News, “She Does not Become a Dictator” Marion Arnold, November 21,1983
  • Daily Mail Living Arts “Christies Contemporary Art” Sandton City, July 7 1984
  • Vaderland Elizabeth Harington Homage to Bach “Die Uitstalling dinamies” Bonnita Davitz, July 28, 1986
  • Citizen “Elizabeth Links Music with Art” Richard Cheales, Saturday, July 1986
  • Weekly Mail, “Diary of Events” 1986. August 1- August 7
  • Art in America “Elizabeth Harington at Dome Gallery “ Lawrence Campbell, February 1989
  • Cape times “Johannesburg Artist Elizabeth Harington” Dereck Gowlett Gallery , April 1989
  • Daily Mail “The Four Johannesburg Graphic Artist” South Gallery, SA Arts Association Pretoria, Rhoda Krut, June 26, 1989
  • Publication “ Themes and Variation” Columbia University Rare Book Library Catalogue of Artist’s Books “ Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 1980-2000
  • Poster Publication “Elizabeth Harington Preludes and Fugues” Zoellner Arts Center, Elizabeth Harington Bach, May — June 17, 2001
  • 2003, International Artists Triennial Catalogue, MTG Krakow, Bunkier Szuki , Krakow Publication of Catalogue , Sasol Museum, Stellenbosch University “Elizabeth Harington Etchings on Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well Tempered Clavier”, 2005
  • Cape Times”Elizabeth Harington at Sasol Art Museum”Stellenbosch University, Cape Province, South Africa
  • Sunday Times “ Elizabeth Harington” Weekly Journal, 2006 April
  • Poster Series Publication “Solo music by Bach at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, California. A Symposium on Bach, Mathematics, with Davitt Moroney, Elizabeth Harington, Robert Osserman. Art and Music to celebrate their inaugural concert space with music art and mathematics”, MSIR’s first poster concert series, 2006, October 11
  • Publication Music concert Program, 2006 “The Well-tempered Clavier” at the Art Students League, April 2006
  • International Triennial Catalogue. MTG, 2006 Contemporary Art Gallery, Bunkier Szuki , Krakow
  • Catalogue Publication, MTG Vienna, September 2007, Kunstlerhaus, Austria
  • Film and Audio Features
  • SA TELEVISION: 1983, Roger Corfield on South African Artists
  • PBS, New York 1997, “Lasting Impressions” Robert Blackburn/Printmaking Workshop
  • MISHA FILMS: 2001, DVD Promotional Film on The “ART of FUGUE”
  • Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, MSRI, Berkeley, California Art Poster Series for the Inaugural Concert Auditorium .
  • Round table discussion with Davitt Moroney, harpsichordist, Robert Osserman, Mathematician, Elizabeth Harington, Artist on the “Art of Fugue” “Proclamations of Immortality” Rumi’s Works in Modern Editions, “In search of the Historical Rumi” the 1000 year celebration, Artist Talk on her book, “Deception” at the Houghton Library, Harvard University.

public collections

  • “Divan Eshams” Vincent FitzGerald Publications, Stanford University, CN
  • “Divan Eshams” Vincent FitzGerald Publications, Metropolitan Museum, New York
  • “Divan Eshams” Vincent FitzGerald Publications, Rochester Print Collection, New York
  • “Divan Eshams” Harvard University Collection, Boston, MA
  • “Portfolio 2000” Montclair Museum of Art, Montclair, New Jersey
  • Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • “Deception” Iowa University Print Collection, Iowa
  • “Deception” Columbia University Rare Book Collection, New York
  • “Deception” Yale University Collection, New Haven ,CT
  • “Deception” New York Public Library Collection, New York
  • “Deception” Harvard University Collection, Houghton Library, Boston, MA
  • “The Well-tempered BWV 864 in A Major”, Zoellner Art Gallery, Lehigh University, PA
  • “The Well-tempered BWV 864 in A Major”, Bethlehem Bach Choir, Bethlehem, PA
  • “Prelude and Fugue in C minor” (BWV 849) Guilford College Print Collection, Greensboro, NC
  • “Prints from “Let the Conch Shells be Sounded” Christie’s Collection, Bonn, Germany
  • “Lift your Head most High “ print from “Let the Conch Shells be Sounded” Pretoria Art Museum
  • “The Well- tempered Clavier, BWV849” Joanne Bergen International Collection, France
  • “Light my Light” Everite Corporation Collection, South Africa
  • “The Well-tempered Clavier, Prelude (BWV 849)”National Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • “The Well-tempered Clavier, (BWV 849)” University of Stellenborsch, Cape Town, South Africa
  • “Behind the Cross” Artimex Fine Arts Collection, Basel, Switzerland
  • Mandos Feldman Private Collection, Idstein, Germany
  • “He stood at the Cottage Door” Gilbert Marcus Private Collection, South Africa
  • “Behind the Cross” Arts Students League Collection
  • “Prelude (BWV 862) in Ab Major” Arts Students League Collection

education and more

  • Education
  • 1984-86, Arts Students League, New York,NY
  • 1978-79, Arts Students League, New York, NY
  • 1966-67, Post Graduate Studies in Music at the University of Witwatersrand
  • 1965, Graduated at the University of Witwatersrand , B.A.F.A.(Hons)
  • 1954, Associate Teaching Certificate, (Honors), Trinity College London, A.T.C.L.
  • 1953, Qualifying Theory of Music Certificate,(Honors) University of S.A., Pretoria
  • Teaching and Personal
  • 1970, — Taught Studio Art Courses at High School and College levels in South Africa and US
  • Born in South Africa
  • United States Citizen
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