Harriet G. Moore working on the 9 1/2 ft. version of St. Francis. The eventual bronze was donated in 2002 to the city of Assisi, where it stands in a public square.

Harriet G. Moore was born in New York City in 1920. As a child, she was strongly encouraged to pursue her interest in sculpting and attended private progressive schools with a heavy emphasis on the arts. From 1938 to 1942, she attended Bennington College in Vermont, majoring in sculpture.

She spent a nonresident junior year in Mexico City, studying stone carving with Luis Ortiz Monasterio. After graduating from Bennington, she studied modeling the figure and portrait with Jose de Creft at the Art Students League in New York City.

Harriet married in 1945, living in New York City until 1952. She then moved to Westfield, NJ, where she lived for the next 24 years, raising 3 children. In 1976, she moved to San Francisco to reside in the Bay Area.

Harriet has completed more than 50 commissioned portraits of private individuals and public or historical persons, for public places on both the East and West coasts and overseas. Her media include bronze, terra-cotta, wood, and stone, as well as prints and drawings.

Dante is “rapt” by an eagle, bronze, 34″ tall.

Her major oeuvre for 20 years has been an interpretation of Dante’s Divine Comedy in paintings and sculptures exhibited in NYC and at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, Fort Mason, Vorpal Gallery, and the Shrine of Saint Francis.

See Harriet G. Moore Paintings and Sculptures of the Comedy at research.bowdoin.edu.

Other works include Hygeia, Goddess of Healing, in marble, and Florence Nightingale in bronze, both at UC Medical Center. She created Angels for the sanctuary at St. Boniface Church and recently, busts of Rev. Cecil Williams and poet Janice Mirakitani in terra-cotta.

One of her latest works was the permanent placement of a 9 1/2′ bronze statue of Saint Francis in Assisi, Italy. An unveiling took place in October 2002. She had been working on plans for a 2nd St. Francis for the city of San Francisco, with the help of Artists Embassy International, the Sister City Committee, and the Director of Museo Italo Americano.

However, health conditions prompted Harriet to retire from engagement in her work in 2010. She passed away on August 2, 2018, just two months shy of the proud age of 98.

Learn more about the Artist

To learn more about the artist, please visit a display of her more extensive portfolio on David G. Moore’s photography site.

You may also purchase the following book documenting her art:

Transformations: The Sculpture and Paintings of Harriet Grannis Moore
Wordrunner Press, 2008
8.5 x 11 inches, 138 pages, 210 color and b/w photos, indexed
Available at www.lulu.com
$35 plus shipping

In The News

East Bay Times reports on Harriet Moore’s studio and backyard.
SF Gate reports on Harriet Moore’s large bronze sculpture of St. Francis.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

Shrine of Saint Francis, San Francisco, CA, Interpretations of Divine Comedy
Museo Italo Americano, San Francisco, CA, Unveiling of St. Francis Statue
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose, CA, Interpretations of Divine Comedy
City Lights Books, San Francisco, CA, Erotic Visions: Drawings and Pastels
Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco, CA, Interpretations of Divine Comedy
Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Interpretations of Divine Comedy
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, New York City, Interpretations of Divine Comedy

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Pacific Rim Sculpture Group – Krautz Ironstone Vineyard; Murphys, CA
Anne Saunders Gallery, Sonora, CA
Sierra Arts Council Gallery, Sonora, CA
Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA
Pen & Brush Club, New York City: Sculpture – Women Artists
First Annual Erotic Art Festival, Berkeley
Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, 67th Annual, Allied Artists
Trenton Museum, Trenton, NJ, 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition of Painters
Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York City
A.C.A. Gallery, New York City
Museum of Modern Art, New York City, “Modelers, Carvers, Welders”

Collections and Commissions Include:

Portrait bust of Rev. Cecil Williams; collection of Glide Memorial Church; San Francisco
Portrait bust of Janice Mirikitani; collection of Glide Memorial Church; San Francisco
Portrait bust of Fernando Pacheco; Yucatan, Mexico
Angels for the Altar, Saint Boniface Church; San Francisco
Portrait bust of Rev. Anthony Maraschi, Founder; Univ. of San Francisco
Portrait bust of Louis Pasteur; French Hospital Medical Center; San Francisco
Portrait bust of Hygeia, Goddess of Healing, UC Medical Center; San Francisco
Portrait bust of Florence Nightingale, UC Medical Center; San Francisco
Marble statue – Angel of Love, collection of Helmut Huber; Hamburg, Germany
Portrait bust of Rollo May, collection of estate of Rollo May; Tiburon, CA
Portrait bust of Duccio Polastro; Rome, Italy

Teaching and Art Related Employment:

Private Sculpture Studio:
clay modeling, figure and portrait bust, stone carving;
San Francisco
Private Sculpture Studio:
clay modeling, figure and portrait bust, stone carving;
New Jersey