Elaine S. Harding is an experienced multimedia artist, art educator, and community arts facilitator based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
For 35 years, Elaine has been creating her own artwork, which combines photography, sculpture, printmaking, painting and projected video. Her artwork has been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the Intermountain Region, including; Phillips Gallery, Gayle Weyher Gallery, Lumiere Gallery, the Canyon Gallery, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Nora Eccles Harris Museum of Fine Arts, The Church Museum of Art and History, Dooley Gallery, Gittins Gallery, Art Access, Springville Museum of Art, Finch Lane Gallery, the Union Gallery, Pierpont Gallery, the Salt Lake Art Center, the Missoula Museum of Art, Marcus Gallery, the Atrium Gallery, Old Town Gallery, and the Jewish Community Center. Elaine's artwork is part of private, corporate and government collections.
Along with creating and exhibiting her own artwork, Elaine has also worked to bring the creative process and authentic art-making experiences to young people and their families throughout Utah and Southern and Northern California. For 18 years, Elaine taught and facilitated collaborative art-making. Some of her projects include: billboards, bronze sculpture, murals and public installation art. She has multiple years of experience teaching art to all ages… from pre-school through elementary, junior high, and high school and at the university level.
Elaine served as the founding director of Salt Lake City's Global Artways, a citywide arts education program, from 1997-2003. During her time at Global Artways she also launched the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration of Salt Lake City, an ongoing arts education festival whose inaugural year was part of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Arts Festival. Elaine served on multiple committees for the Olympics, including the Salt Lake Organizing Committee's, Education Committee, and the Cultural Olympiad Advisory Committee. She helped found and serve on the board of The Leonardo, a science-tech-art center opening in downtown Salt Lake City in April 2011. Elaine served for three years as executive director of Art Works For Kids, a non-profit foundation that brings arts education into Utah classrooms.
Elaine also worked as a mentor artist for the international Picturing Peace program, a collaborative project between the University of California at Irvine, and the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.
Elaine holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Utah, as well as a Master of Fine Art in Inter-Media Video Installation. Additionally, she holds a Utah State Secondary Teaching License in Visual Art.
Biography courtesy of the Artist.
Elaine Snyder Harding (1951- ), of Salt Lake City, is an interesting pastellist and mixed-media artist who pursues both abstract-formalist and expressionist goals, mostly in paper, while also involved in very successful arts-education programs for some of her communities most disadvantaged school populations. Harding is one of Utah's foremost arts-education and teacher-training specialists.
Biography courtesy Artists of Utah.
"Artwork Opening Doors To Understanding At Lincoln Elementary." The Salt Lake Tribune, May 15, 1994.
"Teens' Murals Will Brighten Ride Along Stretches of TRAX." The Salt Lake Tribune, August 2, 2000.
Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.