Harvey Opgenorth was born in Milwaukee, WI 1977 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. They have been employed in the museum field for over two decades and have worked as an art handler/preparator for major contemporary museums and galleries in Los Angeles for the past decade. Opgenorth’s multi-disciplinary studio practice is informed by their museum work and environment. By utilizing those observations and experiences they seamlessly fold that fodder into a rigorous personal studio practice.
Opgenorth has exhibited artwork internationally, including venues:
La Casa Encendida (Madrid, Spain),
Caja Madrid (Zaragoza, Spain),
Espai Cultural Caja Madrid (Barcelona, Spain),
Museo del Patrimonio Municipal – MUPAM (Málaga, Spain),
Helsinki Contemporary (Helsinki, Finland),
Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee, Wisconsin),
Haggery Museum of Art (Milwaukee, Wisconsin),
Krannert Art Museum (Urbana,Illinois),
The Renaissance Society (Chicago, Illinois),
The Soap Factory (Minneapolis, Minnesota),
Woodbury University Hollywood Exhibitions (Los Angeles, California),
Cordesa Fine Art (Los Angeles, California),
Vanity Projects (NYC, New York & Miami, Florida),
Mireille Mosler Ltd. (NYC, New York),
Bodybuilder & Sportsman (Chicago, Illinois),
Betty Reimer Gallery (Chicago, Illinois),
Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery (Kalamazoo, Michigan), and
Useable Space (Milwaukee, Wisconsin).
Opgenorth’s work has been the subject of articles and reviews, including publications: Art Forum International, Art Papers, New Art Examiner, Bridge Magazine, Smithsonian’s Eye Level, Milwaukee Magazine, Disruptive Pattern Material, The Word is Art, and Camoupedia.
They have been awarded the Mary L. Nohl Established Artist Fellowship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and have lectured at Northwestern University (Illinois), University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Rapids), Figure One Gallery (Illinois), Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (Wisconsin), and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Education and residencies include:
1998 New York Studio Residency Program (AICAD)
1999 Milwaukee Institute of Art And Design – BFA
2014-2015 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
2011 MKE<->LAX Residency
2017 Vermont Studio Center Residency