Grace Harbin Wever, Ph.D., is a self-taught mixed media artist whose studio and home are near Westcliffe, Colorado.
Her collages incorporate brilliantly-colored layers of silk, hand-dyed cotton, metallic and synthetic fabrics, paper and thread. Iridescence and transparency bring additional light and airiness to her work, while free-motion stitching and encaustic wax embellishes the design and adds texture and three-dimensionality. Most of her works are mounted, glazed and framed. Grace’s works are both abstract and representational. Spiritual themes are also depicted in recent collections. “On Wings of the Wind” is a 12-part series illustrating poetry from King David’s Song of Deliverance from Second Samuel. The seven works entitled “The Striking Stone” illustrates a dream sequence from the Book of Daniel. A new series, “Landscapes of the Mind and Spirit, illustrates the dichotomy of light and dark associated with the psyche, and is a collaboration with a clinical psychologist, Dr. Lois Pope, of Alabama Psychological Services.
Her work is found in fine art galleries and public and private collections throughout the US, including Exempla Medical Center in Lafayette, the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes at Anschutz Medical Center in Denver, and Alabama Psychological Services in Huntsville, AL. She served as president and Board member of the Arkansas Valley Art Center at Colorado Mountain College.
Prior to her retirement to the world of art, Grace worked in science, business and public policy. She earned a Ph.D. From Temple University, and was a research fellow at Baylor Medical Center, and at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She was a research faculty member at the Institute of Optics, a manager and lab director at Eastman Kodak, and a senior manager with KPMG Peat Marwick. Wever chaired the Department of Commerce’s National Sea Grant Panel, which advises NOAA on coastal and marine research.
Grace was a founder and the first president of the Council of Great Lakes Industries, a binational public policy organization. Her book, “Strategic Environmental Management,” published by John Wiley & Sons, has received international recognition. Grace also earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is married to Albrecht Wever, a physicist, engineer and innovator.