Harvey Fite is born on December 25, 1903 in Pittsburgh, PA. Shortly after his birth, his family moves to Texas, where they spend the remainder of his childhood. As a young man, Fite attends weekly evening courses in law. He continues his studies for three years before deciding against a career in the field. The decision ultimately causes him to move east to study ministry at the small Episcopal institution, St. Stephen’s College. It is there, in New York’s Hudson Valley, that Harvey discovers his love of the arts and goes on to become a pioneering American sculptor, painter, and earth artist best known for his monumental work, Opus 40. A teacher, an innovator, and a Woodstock artist of many talents, Harvey Fite eventually helps to found the Fine Arts Department at Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, NY.