Title: Artist, Director
Company: Regional 3D Design Center at Keystone College
Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
James R. Harmon, Artist and Director at the Regional 3D Design Center at Keystone College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art.
Commencing his career in 1981, Mr. Harmon is a prolific artist whose expertise and skill in glass blowing are unparalleled. For the first two years of his career, he served as head of the Glass Program at the University of Hawaii, later on becoming an instructor at the Pilchuck School, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Parsons School of Design. An exhibiting artist early on, his work has been displayed at the Stockholm Art Fair in Sweden, the CGCA Benefit at Sotheby’s Auction House, the Hotel Intercontinental, the Langman Gallery, the Helander Gallery and the Corning Museum of Glass, among many others. Later serving as a contributing artist for several auctions, he acted as a consultant with Wemswel Glass Equipment Design in Weston, VT, for five years between 1993 and 1998. Subsequently, he became a commissioned artist, having commissioned pieces for Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Architects, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, the Benjamin Franklin Museum, the University of North Texas Performing Arts Center and the Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village. At the turn of the century, he served as an adjunct professor in 3D design, arts and architecture at Lehigh University, a master lecturer in glassblowing at the University of the Arts, and an instructor at the Corning Museum of Art.
Later on in his career, Mr. Harmon built and developed Glass Works Studio, ArtsQuest and the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA, from 2006 to 2009 while also serving as a glass artist-in-residence at the Glass Works Studio. He was commissioned to develop more than 20 hand-blown lighting fixtures in various residential homes in Bethlehem, and he served as a guest artist and demonstrator at numerous galleries and museums. Co-instructing with Brynhildur Thorgeirsdottir at the Pilchuck Glass School in 2014, he has since become the head of the Glass Program and Mobile Glass Studio at Keystone College since 2015 and director of the Regional 3D Design Center at Keystone College since 2016.
Holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and Master of Fine Arts from Illinois State University, Mr. Harmon received a permanent plaque at the Corning Museum Innovation Center in 1999 and was the recipient of a Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship. He also received a National Education Association Fellowship in Washington, DC, at the inception of his career, having also been honored with the Glass Award from the American Craft Council in New York City. Married with one daughter, Mr. Harmon enjoys mycology, skiing, gourmet cooking, traveling and practicing calligraphy in his spare time.
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