Sherry A. Harlacher, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty - Art History



Office: AC 30



  • Art and religious traditions of Asia
  • Visual literacy and art appreciation
  • Introduction to art of the Western world: pre-history-1945
  • Museum studies/museology


  • Art, ethnicity, and religious identity in South and Southeast Asia
  • South and Southeast Asian book art traditions
  • Asian ceramic and textile traditions
  • Museology and digital humanities


Instructor, Art History Faculty           2018-Present, Instructor Art History Faculty, School of Art, Arizona State University

Adjunct Art History Faculty              2019-Present, Mesa Community College, Phoenix College

Pleasant Rowland Endowed Director of Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection & Director, Center for Textiles and Design       

                                                              2015-2018 School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

Museum Director                              2011- 2015, Denison Museum, Denison University, Granville, Ohio

Assistant Professor                            2009 – 2011, Visual Arts Department, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Academic Advisor                           2005 – 2007, Center for Asian Research, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Teaching/Faculty Associate            2003 – 2007, School of Art, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona,

Curatorial Assistant                           2001 – 2006, Art of Asia Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

Registration Assistant                       2001 – 2002, Registrar’s Office, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

Adjunct Instructor                             1998 – 2001, General Studies Curriculum University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona.

Instructor                                            1998, Achieving a College Education Program, South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, Arizona

Art Therapist                                      1992 – 2001 Desert Vista Hospital, Arizona Youth for Change, TERROS, Tempe Social Services, Childhelp, Sojourner         Center, Phoenix, Arizona 



Classes Taught

Fall 2024

ARH201 Art of Asia 3 Credits

Introduction to the origins and historical development of art in Asia, with emphasis on Asia's major sub-regions including West, Central, East, South, and Southeast. Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Global Awareness [G], Historical Awareness [H], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
08/19/2024 - 12/13/2024


12 of 20
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on for additional information.

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Zero-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of required online instructional materials for this "Z Class" is $0.

Class 15950 Students may contact instructor at

Degrees & Awards

2010. Ph.D. Theory and History of Art, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ

2003. M.A. Theory and History of Art, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

1994 M.C. Counselor Education, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

1983 B.A. French and Dance, magna mum laude, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

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