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Media: Drawing, painting, sculpture
Currently: Practicing artist and mentor for students in several area Masters in Fine Arts programs: Pacific Northwest College of Art MFA and its collaborative MFA in Applied Craft and Design with the Oregon College of Art and Craft; and Portland State University.
Background: Born in Salem and reared in Ontario, Ore., Tharp received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1992, when he also studied at the Roberto Einaudi Architecture Program in Rome, Italy. Tharp is a versatile artist with a versatile background, who at one time also worked for Portland-based ad agency Wieden+Kennedy. He has appeared in solo, two-person and group exhibitions from Portland to London and Geneva; in Idaho, Washington, New York, Boston and California. Tharp was selected for the 1997 and 1999 Oregon Biennial of Contemporary Art, receiving the Juror's Award and the Museum Award respectively. In 2008, he was selected for inclusion in the Whitney Biennial in New York, arguably one of the most significant art experiences in the United States. His work can be found in numerous personal and public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Fine Art, the Cleveland Art Museum, the Saatchi Gallery, the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Portland Art Museum, Reed College and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. His work has been featured in leading art and news publications, including Shift Japan, PLAZM, Modern Painters, Artforum and Art in America.