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Artist Bio


Harriet Moore was born in New York City in 1920. As a child, she was strongly encouraged to pursue her interest in sculpting and attended private progressive schools with a heavy emphasis on the arts. From 1938 to 1942, she attended Bennington College in Vermont, majoring in sculpture. She spent a nonresident junior year in Mexico City, studying stone carving with Luis Ortiz Monasterio. After graduating from Bennington, she studied modeling the figure and portrait with Jose de Creft at the Art Students League in New York City.


Harriet married in 1945, living in New York City until 1952. She then moved to Westfield, NJ, where she lived for the next 24 years, raising 3 children. In 1976, she moved to San Francisco, where she currently resides.


Harriet has completed more than 50 commissioned portraits of private individuals and public or historical persons, for public places on both the East and West coasts and overseas. Her media include bronze, terra-cotta, wood, and stone, as well as prints and drawings.


Her major oeuvre for 20 years has been an interpretation of Dante's Divine Comedy in paintings and sculptures exhibited in NYC and at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, Fort Mason, Vorpal Gallery, and the Shrine of Saint Francis. Other works include: Hygeia, Goddess of Healing, in marble, and Florence Nightingale, in bronze, both at UC Medical Center. She created Angels for the sanctuary at St. Boniface Church and recently, Rev. Cecil Williams and poet Janice Mirakitani in terra-cotta. 


Her latest work is the permanent placement of a 9 1/2' bronze statue of Saint Francis in Assizi, Italy. An unveiling took place in October of 2002. She is now working on plans for a 2nd St. Francis for the city of San Francisco, with the help of Artists Embassy International, the Sister City Committee, and the Director of Museo Italo Americano.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

1998   Shrine of Saint Francis, San Francisco, CA, Interpretations of Divine Comedy 


1996   Museo Italo Americano, San Francisco, CA, Unveiling of St. Francis Statue 


1990   Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose, CA, Interpretations of Divine Comedy


1982   City Lights Books, San Francisco, CA, Erotic Visions: Drawings and Pastels 


1981   Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco, CA, Interpretations of Divine Comedy


             Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Interpretations of Divine Comedy


1978   Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA


1974   St. Peter's Lutheran Church, New York City, Interpretations of Divine Comedy

Selected Group Exhibitions:

1996   Pacific Rim Sculpture Group - Krautz Ironstone Vineyard; Murphys, CA


             Anne Saunders Gallery, Sonora, CA


             Sierra Arts Council Gallery, Sonora, CA   


             Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA

1991   Pen & Brush Club, New York City: Sculpture - Women Artists

1980   Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, 67th Annual, Allied Artists

1969   Trenton Museum, Trenton, NJ, 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition of Painters

1952   Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York City

1952   A.C.A. Gallery, New York City

1952   Museum of Modern Art, New York City, "Modelers, Carvers, Welders"

Collections and Commissions Include:

1993   Portrait bust of Rev. Cecil Williams; collection of Glide Memorial Church; San Francisco


             Portrait bust of Janice Mirikitani; collection of Glide Memorial Church; San Francisco


1988   Portrait bust of Fernando Pacheco; Yucatan, Mexico

1987   Angels for the Altar, Saint Boniface Church; San Francisco

1986   Portrait bust of Rev. Anthony Maraschi, Founder; Univ. of San Francisco

1985   Portrait bust of Louis Pasteur; French Hospital Medical Center; San Francisco

1984   Portrait bust of Hygeia, Goddess of Healing, UC Medical Center; San Francisco

1983   Portrait bust of Florence Nightingale, UC Medical Center; San Francisco

1982   Marble statue - Angel of Love, collection of Helmut Huber; Hamburg, Germany

1978   Portrait bust of Rollo May, collection of estate of Rollo May; Tiburon, CA

             Portrait bust of Duccio Polastro; Rome, Italy

Teaching and Art Related Employment: 

Private Sculpture Studio:  clay modeling, figure and portrait bust, stone carving; San Francisco

Private Sculpture Studio:  clay modeling, figure and portrait bust, stone carving; New Jersey

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