Fort Smith, AR
K. Nelson Harper (aka Katie) has been a working artist and designer for some 45 years, specializing in photography, graphic design, printmaking, letterpress and book arts. She holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, as well as an MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
For the past 25 years, Harper’s commercial graphic design work has informed her fine art, and vice versa. This retrospective exhibition will explore the ways that design concepts and production methods, both old and new, influence fine art, especially with regard to technique. It will include explorations into photography and printmaking, as well as award-winning letterpress and book arts. Many of her works are represented in public and private collections around the country.
Harper is currently an associate professor at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, where she specializes in teaching graphic design and book arts. She is also director of Underground Ink, the letterpress/book arts studio at the UAFS Windgate Art & Design Building.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website