Harley Parker is best remembered for his collaboration with Marshall McLuhan on various works, including Through the Vanishing Point: Space in Poetry and Painting. He studied at Ontario College of Art and Black Mountain College under Josef Albers before returning to Ontario College of Art to teach color, design, and watercolor. From 1957-67 he worked as Head of Design and Installations at the Royal Ontario Museum. He also was an associate professor at Fordham University, where he shared the Albert Schweitzer chair with Marshall McLuhan. In 1973 he was the first William A. Kern Institute Professor of Communications at RIT. He won numerous grants over his life, lectured all over the world, worked closely with McLuhan on several projects, and has been published internationally. Parker also exhibited all over the globe, both in solo and group shows, up until his death in 1992.
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