Brian Harper is currently an Assistant Professor of Fine Art, Ceramics Area Coordinator, Barr Gallery Director, and B.F.A. Coordinator at Indiana University Southeast. He holds a B.F.A. from Northern Arizona University and an M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. His artwork investigates our inherent human wonderment of the unknown and the methods, mythological or otherwise, of how we give structure to unknown elements of our observed, unobserved, and unobservable world. His work has been exhibited in over 50 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 recently awarded him with the IU Trustees Teaching Award as well as a Summer Faculty Fellowship to pursue his creative research. He is currently living in New Albany, Indiana with his wife Tiffany and their three dogs, Oliver, and Oslo.