Charles F. Harper
Graduate, Interim Ministry Network, 1999.
Ordained in the United Church of Christ, 1992.
Master of Divinity, Yale Divinity School, 1992.
B.A., Psychology, Pitzer College, 1978.
2002 present Principal, Zia Coyote Ltd., Sedona, AZ
2002 - 2004 Dorm Head, Verde Valley School, Sedona, AZ
1997 - 2002 Counselor, Work and Faith
Ministries, New Haven, CT
1992 - 1997 Senior Pastor, Congregational Church of Naugatuck, Naugatuck, CT
1989 - 2001 Principal, Harper & Harper
1989 - 1992 Intern/Assistant Youth Group Leader, Congregational Church of Old Lyme
1985 - 1989 EVP, Harper, Layer & Weiss Advertising, Promotions & PR, Chicago, IL
1984 - 1986 Board Member, Verde Valley School, Sedona, AZ
1983 - 1985 President/Founder, Harper, Layer & Weiss Advertising &
Promotions, Chicago, IL
1980 - 1983 Board Member, Off the Street Club, Chicago, IL
1978 - 1983 Associate Creative Director, J. Walter Thompson, Chicago, IL
1976 - 1978 Board Member/Resident Manager/Counselor, Gateway House, Los Angeles, CA
1976 - 1978 Board Member/Counselor, Pomona Open Door, Los Angeles, CA
1973 - 1974 Founder/Board Member, Harvest Enterprises, AZ
Charlies series of shadow boxes are a three dimensional
collage of icons, symbols and textiles he has collected over the years from literally
dozens of cultures and artisans from around the world. After years of theological writing,
teaching, preaching and presentations, Charlie began to use his art work as a means of
theological expression when he heard a riddle proposed by a Zen master: What do the
artist and the musician have in common with the mystic? The master asked. When no
one answered, the Master replied: The realization that the finest speech
doesnt come from the tongue.
By assembling icons, textiles
and artifacts from different cultures within shadow boxes ranging from one (1) foot square
to six (6) by three (3) feet, Charlie visually explores how the symbols, shapes, images,
colors and even the theologies of different cultures are really a celebration of our
universal oneness and not our terminal uniqueness.
In short, since art is largely an expression of the collective unconscious, it
has the potential to collapse the walls that so divide the human race by evoking in us a
common archetype that leads us to visualize the reality that we are all one.
Charlies work is designed to be interactive allowing the owner to add or
subtract pieces that might express their individual spirituality and their personal
connection to the whole of creation.