On Exploring a Treasured Cincinnatian

Charley Harper (August 4, 1922-June 10, 2007) is a Cincinnati treasure. Even though his art work is well-known in my city, I didn’t realize his national prominence. While visiting two Frank Lloyd Wright homes (Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob) this past summer, I noticed Charley Harper books in the gift shops, and when seeing his work in the midst of Wright’s designs, I made a wonderful connection.

Local organizations as the Cincinnati Zoo and various parks donned his artwork, which served as my first exposure to Charley Harper. Little did I know that national and international organizations also used his work.