Brian Harper is currently an Assistant Professor of Fine Art and Ceramics Area Coordinator at Indiana University Southeast. He is also the Director of the Ronald L. Barr Gallery and BFA Coordinator at IU Southeast. He holds a BFA from Northern Arizona University and an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. His artwork investigates our inherent human wonderment of the unknown and the methods, mythological or otherwise, for how we give structure to unknown elements of our observed, unobserved, and unobservable world. His work has been exhibited in over 60 national and international exhibitions, including 7 solo exhibitions.
In addition to his studio practice, he is the founder and author of Artaxis.org, a growing online network of over 250 contemporary artists that serves as a way to keep artists and viewers connected and communicating about ceramic art. Widely used as a resource by the general public, academia, and professional artists, Artaxis.org provides the opportunity to view a wide array of work relevant to the critical discourse in contemporary ceramic art. Indiana University has awarded him with two IU Trustees Teaching Awards in the last three years, as well as two Summer Faculty Fellowships in the last four years to pursue his creative research. He is also the founder of The Open Crowd Project, a collaborative 3D printing project that uses 3D scanning and printing technology to print groups of people spread out by large distances. Currently, he is living in New Albany, Indiana with his wife Tiffany and their two dogs, Oliver and Oslo. More information about his work and studio practice can be found on his Facebook studio page as well as his Twitter account.