Heather Bird Harris


Heather Bird Harris (b. 1987, Manchester, CT) is a New Orleans-based artist, mother, and educator. 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.
Heather Bird 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 consults with school leaders and writes anti-racist history curriculum which is a lens that deeply informs her work. She has participated in multiple exhibitions in New York, Louisiana, and California including Anthropocene Epiphany at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and her 2022 solo exhibition Where the Water Goes. Harris was recently selected for the 2022 Arts New Orleans SALON Residency. She’s represented by Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana and Mont Art House in Houston, Texas.



2014     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


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

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


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

2022    SALON Residents Group Show with Nic Brierre Aziz, Rosalie Smith, Candias Smith, Ifátùmínínú Bamgbàlà̀̀ Arẹ̀sà, Francisco Magellan, SALON Gallery, New Orleans, LA

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

2021    Magnolia Ball, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

2021    Natural Pigments, Pigments Revealed Symposium

2021    Restore Mother Earth, Longue Vue House and Gardens, New Orleans, LA

2020    Hear Us Roar, Roaring Artist Gallery, virtual

2020    Art for Activism II, Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2020    Art for Activism, Carroll Gallery, New Orleans, LA

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

2009    Lines, Case Center Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY

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


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. 


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

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


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


2022     Land Art Collective, Artist Feature (forthcoming)

2022     Visionary Art Collective, Artist Interview (forthcoming)

2022    Artist/Mother Network, Artist Talk (forthcoming)

2022    The Writer’s Wing, Artist Talk 

2022    In Her Studio, ”Land, Water, Color: In the Studio with Heather Bird Harris”

2021     Contemporary Creatives, Artist Feature

2021    Carve Out Time for Art, Artist Feature


2017 - present.   Social Studies Curriculum Director + Writer for

several school networks in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA


2020 - present.   Pigment collaboration with artist Hannah

Chalew, New Orleans, LA, 

2008 - 20099   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


Mont Art House, Houston, TX. Represented artist

Cole Pratt Gallery, New Orleans, LA. Represented artist 


Ochsner, New Orleans, LA