Enviromental Artist Heather Bird Harris in her Atlanta, Georgia Art Studio. Harris is standing with several of her abstract paintings which are made with organic pigments. The abstract paintings blend geological, climate and human narratives in a stunning visual language. Her paintings evoke the history of the American South.

BIO

Heather Bird Harris (b. 1987) is an artist, mother, and educator based in Atlanta and New Orleans. She makes paint from handfuls of foraged, local earth pigments and mixes it with washes of water on canvas to recreate geologic processes. Her work explores the throughlines between land history and environmental crises, as well as mothering in the face of climate change.
 
Harris received her BA in Art History and Studio Art from Skidmore College in 2009 and master’s degree in education leadership from Columbia University in 2013. As an educator, Harris is a former middle school principal who now consults with school leaders and writes anti-racist history curriculum, a lens that deeply informs her art practice. She has exhibited in New York, Louisiana, Georgia, and California including Anthropocene Epiphany at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and her 2022 solo exhibition Where the Water Goes. She’s represented by Spalding Nix in Atlanta and Mont Art House in Houston.

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

2013     Columbia University, NY                                       

M.A.in Education Leadership 
 

2009     Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY             

B.S. in Art History, Minor: Studio Art
 

2008     School for International Training: Art &

Culture, New Delhi, India

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022    Where the Water Goes, SALON Gallery, New Orleans, LA
 

2009    Come Together, Case Center Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023    Heather Bird Harris, Tyler Guinn, + Colt Seager, Mont Art House, Houston, TX (forthcoming)


2022    Earth Body, Echo Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA 
 

Ensemble, Spalding Nix Fine Art, Atlanta, GA


Little Things, curated by Jacob O'Kelley and Maria Bruckman, Swan Coach House, Atlanta, GA 
 

Atlanta Art Week Showcase, Jennifer Balcos Gallery, Atlanta, GA 

Marks of Time, Fourth Wall, New Orleans, LA 
 

Prologue, studio activation, Echo Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA

 

SALON Residents Group Show, curated by the Arts Council of New Orleans, SALON Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2021    Anthropocene Epiphany, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
 

Magnolia Ball, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
 

Natural Pigments, Pigments Revealed Symposium
 

Restore Mother Earth, Longue Vue House and Gardens, New Orleans, LA
 

2020    Hear Us Roar, Roaring Artist Gallery, virtual
 

Art for Activism II, Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA
 

Art for Activism, Carroll Gallery, New Orleans, LA
 

2009    Senior Showcase, Case Center Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
 

Lines, Case Center Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
 

2008     Selected Student Exhibition, Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY

SELF RELEASES

2021    Land. Water. Color. Online collection release, sold out. 
 

2021    Qualia. Online collection release, sold out. 
 

2020    Control. Online collection release, sold out. 
 

2020    Recreate. Online collection release, sold out. 

AWARDS and RESIDENCIES

2023    Artist-in-Residence, Stay Home Gallery & Residency, Paris, Tennessee (forthcoming)

Workshop-in-Residence with Judith Kugler, MASS MoCA, Massachusetts (forthcoming)

 

2022    Artist-in-Residence, SALON Residency +Gallery through Arts Council of New Orleans

 

2009     S. Michael Eigen ‘87 Prize in Art History, Skidmore College

AFFILIATIONS

Women Eco Artists Dialog, selected artist, 2021-present
 

Wild Pigment Project, selected artist, Pigment People: Paint, Mineral, + Waste Stream, 2021-present

 

Artists Commit, artist-led collective committed to a climate-conscious future, 2021 - present
 

Where Y’art, selected artist, 2020-present
 

Turnaround Arts, President Obama’s Committee on the Arts, John F. Kennedy Center, 2015-2017

PRESS and ARTIST TALKS

2023    Visionary Projects, Artist Talk + Workshop, New York, NY (forthcoming)

Bell Moon Artist Retreat, Artist Talk + Workshop, North Carolina (forthcoming)
 

2022     Land Art Collective, Artist Feature (forthcoming)

Environmental report, WWNO New Orleans Public Radio (forthcoming)

 

Visionary Art Collective, Artist Interview (forthcoming)

Artist/Mother Network, Artist Feature

The Writer’s Wing, Artist Talk 
 

In Her Studio, ”Land, Water, Color: In the Studio with Heather Bird Harris”
 

2021     Contemporary Creatives, Artist Feature
 

Carve Out Time for Art, Artist Feature

EXPERIENCE

2017 - present.   Social Studies Curriculum Director + Writer for

several school networks in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA

2020 - present   Collaboration with artist Hannah Chalew

Including two-day field research trip down the Mississippi River led by Richie Blink

2021 - present    Collaboration with soil scientist Ashely Ribboth

Collected soil samples from wetland conservation studies and turned them into paint

2008 - 2009   Collaboration with artist Oliver Herring, Skidmore

College, NY. Hosted two iterations of his relational works, “Task Parties,” including conceptualizing, production, leading community outreach, and facilitating an artist talk
 

2009    Apprenticeship with photographer Emma Dodge Hanson,

Saratoga Springs, NY
 

2008     Tibetan Iconography Fieldwork with Art Historian Rob

Linrothe in Ladakh, India
 

2007     Apprenticeship with artist RK Sharma, Kolkata, India

Miniature painting and traditional pigment processing

REPRESENTATION

Spalding Nix, Atlanta, GA.
Jennifer Balcos, Atlanta, GA.
Mont Art House, Houston, TX

COLLECTIONS

Susan Brennan private collection, New Orleans, LA
Ochsner, New Orleans, LA