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Heather ‘Bird’ Harris is an artist, history educator, and curator. Through painting and social practice, she engages site-specific materials to explore the throughlines between land history and environmental crises, as well as mothering in the face of climate change. 
Harris received her B.S. in art history and studio art from Skidmore College and master’s degree in education leadership from Columbia University. Harris has served as principal of a turnaround school in New Orleans and has consulted with school leaders across the South to implement equitable learning practices and empowering history education. Her work has been exhibited at Art Fields, Stoveworks, the University of New Mexico, and has been featured nationally on NPRSea Change podcast, and the All We Can Save Project. In the spring of 2023, Harris facilitated the first iteration of her community-based experience and installation The Land Memory Project as part of Science Gallery Atlanta’s JUSTICE exhibition season. Harris was recently announced as one of 7 artists selected for Emory University's Arts & Social Justice Fellowship. 

Bird lives in Atlanta with her partner Josh and their two children, Jade and Hazel.



2026     Georgia State University

M.F.A. candidate

2014     Columbia University, NY                                Education Leadership 

2009     Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY             

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


2025    Solo exhibition, Spalding Nix, Atlanta, GA (forthcoming)

2023    ASJ project, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 



2024    Sonoran Heritage Waters, University of Arizona, Tucson,

AZ (forthcoming)

2023    Land Memory Project, Science Gallery, Atlanta, GA 


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


2023    Wild Pigment, New Mexico State University


           Sex Ecologies: Becoming Plastic, Stoveworks,

Chattanooga, TN (curated by Leah Dalton)

Small Changes, Decatur Arts Alliance, Decatur, GA (curated by Susan Bridges) 

The Art of Water VII, James May Gallery, Milwaukee, WI 

JUSTICE, Science Gallery, Emory University, Atlanta, GAArtFields, Lake City, SC (curated by Floyd Hall)

TRIO, Mont Art House, Houston, TX 

Transient Bodies, Roaring Artist Gallery (curated by Inge Flinte) 

Co-Create, Stay Home Gallery, Paris, TN (curated by Kaylan Buteyn and Jamie Smith)


2024    TBD, co-curation with Jennifer Williams, Echo

Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA (forthcoming)

2022    Earth Body, co-curation with Erin Drakeford, Echo

Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA 


2023     Emory University Arts and Social Justice Fellowship,

Atlanta, GA

Zero Foot Hills Residency, Durham, CT 

Stay Home Gallery & Residency, Paris, TN

2022    SALON Residency + Gallery, Arts Council of New


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