Harry I Naar is a Professor of Fine Arts in studio art, Director of the Rider University art gallery and Curator of the University’s art collection.
His approach to teaching is eclectic and flexible, and varies depending on the knowledge and the skills of each student. He sees the act of creating visual images and the teaching of art as an interactive, complex experience based on individual and critical thinking. He strives to encourage each student to explore and expand his/her own personal style, and to pursue individualized solutions to particular studio problems.
Professor Naar has been a member of the Rider faculty since 1980. He teaches all levels of studio courses, gallery management, a history class (Art and Society), and numerous independent study courses. He has also taught classes in the honors program.
Professor Naar is director of the University’s art gallery, considered by many to be one of the most important exhibition spaces in the tri-state area. He continues to present to the university and the public a wide spectrum of exhibitions and artists’ talks. Along with gallery exhibitions, he has conducted interviews and written and published catalogues on numerous artists.
He has lectured publicly and has served as a panelist at other educational institutions and for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Professor Naar received his BFA from Philadelphia College of Arts (now University of the Arts) and his MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana where he was a fellowship student and teaching assistant. He also studied in Paris, France, where he met frequently with the renowned painter Jean Helion.
In 2005 Professor Naar received a grant in printmaking from the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper (Brodsky Center). In 2009 Rider University honored Professor Naar with the Frank N. Elliott award for distinguish service to the University. In 2009 he was selected as one of thirty artists from around the country to exhibit at the Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts of the American Academy of Arts and Letters where he won the Eugena Speicher, Betts, Symons purchase award. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Art.
Professor Naar has exhibited his work in numerous one- person and group exhibitions throughout the country, including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, (Washington, DC), The Canton Art Institute ( Canton, OH),The High Museum of Art,(Atlanta, GA), The Boca Raton Museum of Art (Boca Raton, FL), The USSR Artist Union Gallery (Moscow, Russia).
His work is included in numerous private and public collections, including American Council on Education (Washington, DC), The New Jersey State Museum (Trenton, NJ). The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (Lyme, CT), The Morris Museum of Arts and Sciences (Morristown, NJ), The Newark Museum of Art (Newark, NJ),The Montclair Art Museum (Montclair, NJ),The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University( New Brunswick, NJ),The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Museum, Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY).
For more information about Professor Harry I Naar, please visit his website at www.harrynaar.com