Artist’s Statement:

           As an art student in the 1960s I was taught that all art is abstract.  Through the organization of the basic language, the elements, the components of our medium we either succeed or fail.  Thus, even as we see the ease with which dancers move as if one with music, they are listening, counting, remembering the many rehearsals and past mistakes not to be repeated.  While what we see are smiling dancers, they are aware of the blueprint or structure that holds the piece together and makes it function as a work of art.

Color, composition, light and shadow, mood, surface, edges, texture and depth are a few of the elements considered in a painting.  Subject matter is an optional story line, but it comes with a lot of history, a lot of baggage.  Even though my Abstract Expressionist teachers discouraged subject matter, we developed our basic skills though endless figure drawing and still life painting.  It was not until the 1980s that I dared to draw and paint something as “banal” as the landscape as seen. It fit me so well that I have been painting it ever since.

            These themes of nature and the transience of man in nature are the focus of most of my works.  Living on my farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York State provides me with endless inspiration for my paintings, drawings and prints.  The mood, the spirit of this land and its seasons, not just a particular moment in time but the history perceived yet unseen that gives us a sense of place—this is what I want my work to evoke.

As you look at these familiar places, so “Upstate New York” I just want to call your attention to those worried, counting dancers, music reading and baton watching musicians and gaffing tape conscious actors because we visual artists are watching and counting too…hopefully way, way back in our cortex somewhere!

About the Artist:

Harry McCue received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in 1967 and his Master of Fine Arts Degree in painting and printmaking from the University of Colorado in 1969. He began his college teaching career that same year at SUNY Geneseo. In 1973 he accepted a position to begin a printmaking department at Ithaca College, eventually retiring in 2010.  He served as Chairperson of the Art Department for 33 years. McCue's drawings, prints and paintings have been widely exhibited in solo, juried and group shows nationally, and are included in numerous collections, including the permanent collections of the New York State Maritime Museum in Fort Schuyler, New York; Cornell University in Ithaca, New York; and the University of Maine at Presque Island.  He has been listed in Who's Who in American Art and Marquis’ Who’s Who since the mid ‘80s. In 2004 four of McCue's paintings were selected by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for display in her office at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. They remained on display there until her new posting to the State Department.

EDUCATION
1967-1969 University of Colorado
M.F.A. (Major: Painting, Printmaking; Minor: Art History) Boulder, CO

1963-1967 Pratt Institute
B.F.A. Department of Graphic Art and Design (Major: Painting, Drawing, Printmaking) New York, NY

1962 Manhattan College
New York, NY

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2011 Ithaca College
Professor Emeritus, Art Ithaca, NY

2001-2010 Ithaca College
Professor and Chairperson, Department of Art Ithaca, NY

1987-2000 Ithaca College
Associate Professor and Chairperson, Department of Art Ithaca, NY

1981-1986 Ithaca College
Assistant Professor and Chairperson, Department of Art Ithaca, NY

1973-1981 Ithaca College
Instructor; Printmaking and Drawing, Department of Art (Chairperson 1977-1981) Ithaca, NY

1969-1972 State University of New York at Geneseo
Instructor; Painting, Drawing, Design, Printmaking, Art Survey, History of Modern Painting Geneseo, NY

1968-1969 University of Colorado
Teaching Assistant, Drawing; Assistant Art History Slide Librarian; Print Shop Assistant Boulder, CO

OTHER EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE
Tugboat Deck Hand, Blacksmith, and Wheelwright

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

ONE PERSON SHOWS
2015 Ulysses Philomathic Library Trumansburg, NY
2013 Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, “Selected Works” Lodi, NY
2011-present Harry McCue Studio /Gallery on CAP’s Greater Ithaca Art Trail Lodi, NY
2011 Kendall at Ithaca, “Harry McCue at Kendall” Ithaca, NY
2007 Lodi Historical Society, “Art Over Five Decades” Lodi, NY
2005 “Harry McCue at the Ulysses Philomathic Library” Trumansburg, NY
1999 Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, “Drawings, Paintings and Prints” Lodi, NY
1997 Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, “Recent Works” Ithaca, NY
1996 Upstairs Gallery Outreach, Tompkins County Trust Company Trumansburg, NY
1995 Wells College, “Recent Works by Harry McCue” Aurora, NY
1994 Sera Smolen Cello Benefit, “Music at an Exhibition” Ithaca, NY
1993 Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, “Retrospective” Trumansburg, NY
1993 Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, “Art Over Time” Lodi, NY
1987 Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, “Journeys”-Catalog Ithaca, NY
1986 Ulysses Philomathic Library, Guest of Honor Trumansburg, NY
1986 Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, “My Tokaido” –Catalog Auburn, NY
1985 Ithaca House Gallery, “My Tokaido, Part 1” Ithaca, NY
1984 Tower Club Gallery, Ithaca College, “Selected Works” Ithaca, NY
1984 Ithaca House Gallery, “Trap Line Images” Ithaca, NY
1984 Upstairs Gallery Outreach Programs, “Landscapes” Ithaca, NY
1983 Wagner Gallery, Wagner Vineyards, “Landscapes” Lodi, NY
1981 Sylvania Gallery of Eisenhower College, RIT, “Artist/Wheelwright” Seneca Falls, NY
1980 The Art Gallery of Adelphi University, “Wheelwright/Blacksmith/Artist” Garden City, NJ
1979 Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, “Sixty Works” Ithaca, NY
1977 Muller Faculty Center, Ithaca College, “Selected Works” Ithaca, NY
1973 David Gallery, “Paintings and Drawings by Harry McCue” Rochester, NY
1968 University Memorial Center Gallery Boulder, CO
1968 University Club Boulder, CO

TWO PERSON SHOWS
2004 Upstairs Gallery, McCue/Shelton, “On the Farm” Ithaca, NY
2004 Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, McCue/Weisend, “Editing Nature Ithaca, NY
2002 Tompkins County Library, Confer/McCue, “In the Garden” Ithaca, NY
1997 Upstairs Gallery, McCue/Licht Ithaca, NY
1990 Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, McCue/Grippi Ithaca, NY
1987 Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, McCue/Hackworth Edinboro, PA
1980 Ithaca House Gallery, McCue/Smyth Ithaca, NY

THREE PERSON SHOWS
2004 West End Gallery, McCue/Soprano/Kramar Corning, NY
1988 New Visions Gallery, McCue/Adams/Loeffler, “Between the Acts” Ithaca, NY
1972 Westminster College, “Three Painters” New Wilmington, PA
1969 International Gallery, “Three Faces of contemporary Graphics” Denver, CO

FOUR PERSON SHOWS
2000 Corners Gallery, “Wild Life 2001” Ithaca, NY
1994 Upstairs Gallery, “Art of the Bird” Ithaca, NY
1991 George Waters Gallery, Elmira College, “Works on Paper Elmira, NY

GROUP SHOWS/INVITATIONALS
2012-present “GIAT Artists Preview”, State of the Art Gallery Ithaca, NY
2011 “New York Society of Etchers 1st Invitational, The National Arts Club, New York, NY
2008 Faculty Show, Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
2008 “Branches, Trunks and Leaves,” Corners Gallery Ithaca, NY
2008 “Water Show,” Corners Gallery Ithaca, NY
2008 “Spring Bouquet,” Corners Gallery Ithaca, NY
2008 “Ithaca Artists,” Upstairs Gallery Ithaca, NY
2008 “Light in Winter,” Upstairs Gallery Ithaca, NY
2007 “The Colors of Main Street,” Trumansburg Philomathic Society Trumansburg, NY
2007 “T-Rex Alive Benefit Exhibition,” Museum of the Earth Ithaca, NY
and Paleontology Research Institute
2007 “13th Annual Invitational,” Lodi Historical Society Lodi, NY
2007 “Ithaca Artists,” Upstairs Gallery Ithaca, NY
2007 Six shows at West End Gallery Group Exhibition Corning, NY
2006 Brush Strokes and Landmarks: Contemporary Landscape Paintings Auburn, NY
Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center
2005 “Ithaca Artists,” Upstairs Gallery Ithaca, NY
2005 “T-Rex Party and Benefit,” Museum of the Earth and Ithaca, NY
Paleontology Research Institute
2005 “Mature Content,” Community School of Music and Art Ithaca, NY
2005 “Invitational Art Exhibit,” Lodi Historical Society Lodi, NY
2005 “A Touch of Color,” Yates County Arts Council Penn Yan, NY
2005 “Prints, Prints, Prints,” Upstairs Gallery Ithaca, NY
2005 7 Shows at West End Gallery Corning, NY
2005 “Little Gems,” West End Gallery Corning, NY
2004 “Ithaca Artists,” Upstairs Gallery Ithaca, NY
2004 “Little Gems,” West End Gallery Corning, NY
2004 Lodi Historical Society Lodi, NY
2004 Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts Trumansburg, NY
2003 “Ithaca Artists,” Upstairs Gallery Ithaca, NY
2003 Faculty Show, Handwerker Gallery Ithaca, NY
2001-2008 Group Shows, West End Gallery Corning, NY
2000 “Little Gems,” West End Gallery Corning, NY
1999 “The Other Side of Us,” Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
1998 “Works on Paper, “West End Gallery Corning, NY
1998 “Inspiration and Traditions, A Treasure of Finger Lakes Artisans,” Geneva, NY
Arabesque Gallery
1998 “Corners Gallery Fall Show,” Community Corners Ithaca, NY
1997 Arabesque Gallery Geneva, NY
1997 “Orchards, Vineyards, Gardens,” West End Gallery Corning, NY
1996 “Sparkle at West End,” West End Gallery Corning, NY
1996 “Summer at West End,” West End Gallery Corning, NY
1996&1998 Wilhelmina Gallery Summer Show Seneca Falls, NY
Lodi Historical Society Art Show Lodi, NY
1991&1992 Roberson Museum, WCNY Benefit Binghamton, NY
1989-1996 Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts Trumansburg, NY
1993 Cazenovia College Pastel Show Cazenovia, NY
1990&1993 Pastel Artists Association of New York State Cooperstown, NY
1989 “Christmas at New Visions,” New Visions Gallery Ithaca, NY
1989 “Upstairs Artists,” New Visions Gallery Ithaca, NY
1989 “Centennial Invitational,” New Visions Gallery Ithaca, NY
1987-1989 “Ithaca and Neighbors,” New Visions Gallery Ithaca, NY
1980-present “Ithaca Artists Annual Invitational,” Upstairs Gallery Ithaca, NY
1980-present “Faculty Show,” Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
1985 Penrose Gallery Nantucket, MA
1983 “Figures, Reflections, Improvisations,” Ford Hall, Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
1982 “Ithaca College Faculty Artists,” Munson-William-Proctor Institute Utica, NY
School of the Art Gallery
1978 “Ten X Ten,” Bevier Gallery, RIT, NY Invitational Printmakers Show Rochester, NY
1977 “Contemporary Drawings,” Double U Gallery New York, NY
1971 “Directions 10,” David Gallery Rochester, NY
1971&1972 “Faculty Show” Catalog, State University of New York at Geneseo Geneseo, NY

INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2010 “Small Wonders”, Maryland Federation of Fine Art Annapolis,MD
2008 Global Matrix II International Exhibition, Wright State University Dayton, OH
2008 Global Matrix II International Exhibition, Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL
2008 Global Matrix II International Exhibition, Lore Degenstein Gallery Selinsgrove, PA
2008 “The 16th MiniPrint International Exhibition,” Binghamton University Binghamton, NY
2008 “American Landscapes,” Maryland Federation of Arts Annapolis, MD
2008 “Small Wonders,” Maryland Federation of Arts Annapolis, MD
2008 “Art on Paper,” Maryland Federation of Arts Annapolis, MD
2007 Global Matrix II International Exhibition, Purdue University LaFayette, IN
2007 “Parkside National Exhibition,” University of Wisconsin at Parkside Kewosha, WI
2007 ‘Artlink National Exhibition,” Artlink Contemporary Gallery Fort Wayne, IN
2007 Global Matrix II, Priebe Art Gallery University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, WI
2007 Global Matrix II, Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod Community College West Barnstable, MA
2006 Global Matrix, Purdue University Traveling Show numerous venues
2006 Parkside Small Print Show, University of Wisconsin Kenosha, WI
2006 26th Annual National Print Exhibition at Artlink Fort Wayne, IN
2006 71st Cooperstown Art Association National Cooperstown, NY
2005 “Art on Paper,” Maryland Fine Arts Center Annapolis, MD
2005 “Images,” HUB-Robeson Gallery, University of Pennsylvania State College, PA
2005 “Art on Paper,” Maryland Federation of the Arts Annapolis, MD
2004 “60 Square Inches” print exhibition, Purdue University Lafayette, IN
2004 “Small Paintings,” Wichita Art Center Wichita, KS
2003 16th Annual Parkside National, University of Wisconsin at Parkside Kenosha, WI
2003 Penn State Hub Gallery State College, PA
2003 Fort Hayes State College Fort Hayes, KS
2002 Wichita State University Pastel Show Wichita, KS
2002 University of Wisconsin Parkside, WI
2002 “Made in New York,” Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center Auburn, NY
2001 “Small Prints National,” Purdue University Lafayette, IN
2001 Penn State HUB Gallery State College, PA
2000 “National Small Oil Painting Exhibit,” Wichita Center for the Arts Wichita, KS
2000 “Drawing from Perception III,” Wright State University Art Gallery Dayton, OH
1998 “Creature Feature,” Galeria Mesa Juried Exhibition, Juror’s Award, Mesa, AZ
Catalog Artwork Selected for Show’s Poster
1998 “Artlink,” 18th Annual National Print Exhibition, Catalog Fort Wayne, IN
1997 “Images 97,” Penn State HUB Gallery State College, PA
1993 “Works on Paper,” 22nd Annual Southwest Texas University Exhibition San Marcos, TX
1993 Kathleen Ewing Gallery Washington, DC
1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001 Cooperstown, NY
Cooperstown Art Association Annual National Art Exhibitions
1984 “Kansas 9th National Small Painting, Drawing, Printmaking Exhibition,” Kansas, MO
Fort Hayes State University
1976 National Arts Club Annual Print Exhibition New York, NY
1976 “Mainstreams ’76,” Marietta College Marietta, OH

REGIONAL JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2009 “Art in Motion,” 50 artists selected for traveling art show in 5 museums
and galleries in the WSKG Public Broadcasting Region.
2007 “61st Finger Lakes Art Exhibition,” Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester NY
2006 “The Regional Biennial” Everson Museum Syracuse, NY
2006 Exhibited in 9 shows at West End Gallery Group Shows Ithaca, NY
2006 “Heaven and Hell,” Ludovico Sculpture Trail and Art Gallery Seneca Falls, NY
2004 Penn State HUB Gallery State College, PA
2001 Arnot Biennial, Arnot Museum Elmira, NY
2000 “Made in New York,” Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center Juried Show Auburn, NY
1999 16th Annual Maine/Maritime Juried Flatworks Exhibition, Univ.of Maine Presque Isle, ME
1999 “Made in New York,” Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center Juried Show Auburn, NY
Award of Honor
1998 “The 24 Collection,” Everson Museum of Art, WCNY’s 16th Art Syracuse, NY
Invitational, Award Winner
1997 “Made in New York,” Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center Juried Show Auburn, NY
1997 “Finger Lakes Regional,” Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester Rochester, NY
1997 15th Annual WCNY Televised Art Invitational, Everson Museum of Art Syracuse, NY
1996 ’96 Juried Art Show, Arnot Museum Elmira, NY
1994&1998 Susquehanna Art Association 12th Biennial Northeast Regional Exhibition Selinsgrove, PA
Honorable Mention
1993 Pastel Artists Salon Show, Cazenovia College Cazenovia, NY
1992 Susquehanna Art Association 9th Biennial Northeast Regional Exhibition Selinsgrove, PA
Third Place Award
1992 Pastel Artists Salon in conjunction with The Adirondack Exhibition of Old Forge, NY
American Watercolors
1991 50th Anniversary Finger Lakes Exhibition, Memorial Gallery, Rochester, NY
University of Rochester
1990 “Working on the Railroad,” Upper Catskill community council of the Arts Oneonta, NY
1985, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
“Flatworks,” Maine/Maritime Provinces Exhibitions, University of Maine at Presque Isle ME
Merit Purchase Award 1996
1985-1993 “The 24 Collection,” Everson Art Museum Syracuse, NY
1977 Arnot Museum Spring Show Elmira, NY
1973 Fall River National Exhibition

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
1998 Reviewer, The Colour Coursebook manuscript for Calmann & King, Ltd. London, UK
1996-1998 Interpreter, Wheelwrighting, Delaware County Historical Society Delhi, N Y
1991 Design and Construction of Cart Wheels, Greater Buffalo Arena Buffalo, NY
Theatre Production, “The Caucasian Chalk Circle”
1990 Guest Speaker, School Superintendent’s Seminar, Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
“The Artist as Blacksmith”
1990&1992 Guest Speaker, New York State Pastel Artists Association Cooperstown, NY
1990 Guest Instructor, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center Auburn, NY
1989-1997 Consultant, Interpreter on Wheelwrighting, Onondaga County Parks Liverpool, NY
Salt Museum
1988 Commission for new Statler Hotel, Cornell University Ithaca, NY
“Four Works,” Limited Edition Prints on Same
1988 Jurist, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, “The Common Thread” Auburn, NY
1987 Guest Lecturer, Department of Art, Tompkins Cortland Community College Cortland, NY
1986, 1990 Guest Lecturer, Ithaca College Art Department “Visiting Artist Series” Ithaca, NY
1985-1991 Consultant, Interpreter on Wheelwrighting, New York State Historical Cooperstown, NY
Society, Farmers Museum
1984 Set Design and Painted Backdrop for Dance Performance, Ithaca, NY
“Ancient Fantasies,” Cornell University
1984 Commission to design and construct four historic carts. Mystic Seaport Museum Mystic, CT
1983 Set Design and Construction, Summer Theatre Production, “Fiddler on the Roof,” Ovid, NY
South Seneca Community Development Corp.
1983 Performance Pieces for “Collaboration in the Creative Process,” Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
School of Music, “Glove Piece for Three Musicians, Two Poets, and a
Dancer,” “Bird on a Rock” with Kevin Murphy. Improvisational Chalkboard
with Eugenia Wacker-Hoeflin, Dana Wilson, Alexander Sidorowicz
1968 Prints Published and Exhibited Internationally by London Graphic Arts

HONORS AND AWARDS
2007 Visiting Artist/Guest Lecturer, Rochester Memorial Art Gallery Rochester, NY
at the University of Rochester
2007 Print “spangled Hamburg” purchased for President of the Association of
College and University Museums and Galleries’ collection
2007 Antique Fire Apparatus restored by me was chosen as the cover piece for the
dedication of a new museum for the Lodi Historical Society and
was chosen as the symbol for their logo and invitations
2001-2005 Four paintings selected for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s office Washington, DC
in Russell Senate Office Building
2003 Wm. H. Davis Award for “Winter Day with Haystack,” HUB Robeson State College, PA
Gallery, University of Pennsylvania
1996 Consultant for proposed feature-length movie, “Robert and Patty” by
Mary Harron, Director of “I Shot Andy Warhol”
1994 Selected by Dean as one of twenty to receive “Particularly Meritorious Faculty Ithaca, NY
Award, School of Humanities & Sciences, Ithaca College
1994 Featured Artist, Visiting Studio Tour, Johnson Museum, Cornell University Ithaca, NY
1984 Recipient, Lodestar Grant for “Collaboration in the Creative Process”
1980 Featured Artist, “Focus on Art” television show Ithaca, NY

BIOGRAPHIES
2001-present Biographed, Marquis’ Who’s Who in America
2000 Biographed, Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, Millennial Edition
1998 Biographed, Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World
1995 Biographed, Morrisrow, P., Robert Mapplethorpe, Random House, New York, NY
1993-2010 Biographed, Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Education, New Providence, NJ
1991 Biographed, Who’s Who in American Education, National Reference Institute, Wilmette, Il
1986-1993, 1998 Biographed, Marquis’ Who’s Who in the East, 21st – 24th Editions to Current
Biographed, Who’s Who in American Art, 17th Edition
Biographed, New York Art Review, 3rd Edition, including article, critical essay,
color and black and white reproductions
1985 Biographed, American Historical Supply Catalog, 1st Edition, Wellikof

COLLECTIONS
The Peter and Mary Lou Harriot Collection Ithaca, NY
Park Business School, Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University Ithaca, NY
The McChesney Collection Olathe, Kansas
Wichita Art Center, Wichita, Kansas
Countess Inge VonDerSchulenberg Hanover, Germany
Leonard Bocour, Bocour Paint Company New York, NY
Estate of Robert Mapplethorpe New York, NY
University of Pennsylvania Edinboro, PA
Statler Hotel Complex, Cornell University Ithaca, NY
Johnson School of Management, Cornell University Ithaca, NY
New York State Maritime Museum Fort Schuyler, NY
Museum of the Upper Hudson Valley Phillips Manor, NY
Mystic Seaport Museum Mystic, CT
City of Ithaca Ithaca, NY
Klotz Incorporated Hanover, Germany
University of Maine at Presque Isle Presque Isle, ME
Mack Travis Development Ithaca, NY
Purdue University LaFayette, IN
Many additional private collections
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