halley k harrisburg, born and raised in Portland, Maine, is a principal of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. A graduate of Bowdoin College (1990) with a B.A. in art history, she has worked in the art profession for twenty years. Beginning her career at Josh Baer Gallery, she teamed in 1992 with Michael Rosenfeld of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, where she has organized significant exhibitions that have explored the depth and breadth of twentieth-century American art. Known for presenting historically significant but under-recognized artists and movements, harrisburg has become a leading dealer in the field of historical African American art. In 1993, she launched the groundbreaking exhibition series African-American Art: 20th Century Masterworks. For a decade, this series presented the highest quality work by the most important African American artists, showcasing a full range of aesthetic styles, subjects and media. harrisburg has also organized landmark exhibitions that include Fiber & Form: The Woman’s Legacy and its traveling sequel True Grit. To accompany each gallery exhibition, harrisburg has designed and edited over one hundred and forty publications and many of her books have been recognized for their excellence; Martha Madigan: Vernal Equinox won the 2002 Independent Publisher’s Award (IPPY) for Outstanding Book of the Year.
Committed to education, harrisburg serves as an adjunct advisor at PS36/The Margaret Douglas School, a New York City public elementary school located in Harlem. For her work in the schools with children aged 6 to 8, harrisburg was awarded the 2001 Volunteer of the Year by the District. Currently, the Chair of the Executive Board of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM), harrisburg has served on its board since 2003. harrisburg has been particularly instrumental in exhibition and program development and has also been a regular spokesperson for the museum. harrisburg also serves on the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Advisory Council. In 2004, she was elected to ArtTable, a national non-profit membership organization for professional women in leadership positions in the visual arts. In November 2005, she was featured in the Big Apple Parent article Raising our Kids: Smart Women, Strong Daughters and most recently, she was named one of ten New Yorkers identified as a 2009 "Local Hero" by New York Family for her volunteerism at CMOM.
harrisburg resides in New York City with her husband Michael Rosenfeld and two daughters.