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