Susan Gilbert Harvey is a visual
artist and writer from Rome, Georgia. She graduated in art
history from Hollins College, Virginia, and studied advanced
design with Virginia Dudley at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia.
In 1979 Harvey began creating sculpture
from found objects and household implements. In Washington,
DC, she created assemblage-portraits of powerful men in American
society. This show, "Capital Profiles," prompted
Jo Ann Lewis of The Washington Post to call Harvey "a
master of the visual double-entendre." Harvey's work
explored womens issues in environments such as "Silver
Shackles and Gilded Cages."
In 1985 Harvey created "Standing
Ovation," the annual Vernal Equinox Egg Balance in Rome,
Georgia. Her interest in seasonal rituals has inspired the
construction of large sundials and labyrinths with the appearance
of costumed characters ("The Dotty Birds") for auspicious
Susan Harvey was the first visual artist
chosen by the Georgia Council for the Arts for the Georgia
Touring Roster; she received Individual Artist Grants from
the GCA for the exhibits "Blood Root" and "The
Dew Sweeper." She was the 1995 Artist of the Year for
the Rome Area Council for the Arts. In 1997 she received a
"Women in the Visual Arts Award" from the Georgia
Commission on Women. Susan Harvey presented a thirty-year
retrospective of her sculpture at the Moon Gallery of Berry
College, Mt. Berry, Georgia in 1999. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rome Area Council for the Arts in 2007.
In 2005 Susan Gilbert Harvey published
a book about her great-aunt, Anna McNulty Lester, a nineteenth-century
artist from Rome, Georgia. Using Anna's letters and her own
experiences in Paris, Harvey told a layered story of two
artists in two centuries. The book, "Tea with Sister
Anna: a Paris journal" celebrated the 50th anniversary
of the Hollins Abroad-Paris program of Hollins University.
In September 2005 Harvey conducted a walking tour of Anna
Lester's Paris neighborhood as part of the Hollins reunion.
In 2010, Harvey published "Postmarks: the summers of '98"--a prequel to "Tea with Sister Anna: a Paris journal."
In her visual narrative "RÔLE CALL,"
Harvey portrays the classic "Southern Belle" who
is mysteriously transformed into the mighty "Junk Woman."
Other characters in this autobiographical myth include "Monk
Woman," "Florence Day and Nightingale," and
"The Lunatic Moth." The 25th anniversary edition of ROLE CALL was released on DVD in 2013, combined with "Dancing in the Crossroads," a documentary by Brian S. Armstrong about Harvey's life as an artist.
Miss Verna Equinox
Junk Woman at Washington Monument
Lunatic Moth at Empire State
Susan in garden of Reid Hall,