Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey


Office: KDM 198 & ASL 109

Office hours: Email Prof. Harvey to make an appointment during his office hours - Tues. & Thurs. 4-5 p.m.; Thurs. 11-12 p.m.

Phone:(916) 278-7516




Ian Harvey was born and raised in Boston. He currently lives and works in Sacramento, California where he is a Professor of Art at Sacramento State. Since 1997 he has been creating large-scale paintings on wood panels. The expansive surfaces of these paintings allow him to engage abstract and representational languages in a free and open dialogue. What fuels his painting and determines its content are the ways in which diverse pictorial languages collide and merge to form new vocabularies to address the plurality and complexity of the present.

Following graduation from Wesleyan University in Connecticut (BA 1977), Harvey moved to New York to attend Columbia University, School of the Arts (MFA 1980). After returning to Wesleyan University as a Visiting Artist in 1980 he continued to teach at Wesleyan until 1989 when he moved to New York and became a director at Associated American Artists. In New York he exhibited at 55 Mercer in Soho, participated in group shows nationally, and attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Triangle Artists Workshop.

In 1997 Harvey left Associated American Artists to accept a one-year fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. During that year he consolidated ideas developed in New York and established the current direction of his painting. He remained at the Center until 2002 directing the Vermont Studio Center Press, a fundraising program supporting artist residency fellowships. At the Center his painting was supported by grants from the Artist Resource Trust (2001), and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2002).

In 2003 the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska invited Harvey for an extended residency and an exhibition. Following his stay at Bemis he lived in South Korea for 18 months where he studied and worked with traditional Korean painting materials and methods. This work was exhibited in Seoul and Taejon, South Korea in 2004. In 2005 he was hired to teach painting and drawing at California State University, Sacramento.