About the Artist: 

 

Roberta Harris was born in Passaic, New Jersey and grew up in Houston, Texas. She has lived in New York, Washington, D.C., and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was chosen for the Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Harris studied at Parsonʼs School of Design and Hunter College in New York. Her paintings and sculptures have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are included in numerous private and corporate collections including MTV Corporation, New York; Chase Manhattan Bank, New York; Frito-Lay Dallas, Texas; Dynegy, Houston, Texas; Compaq (Hewlett- Packard), Houston, Texas and Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas. Harris has instructed at Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston. She has been a visiting lecturer at the Kimbell Art Museum, Ft. Worth, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Brookhaven College, Dallas, Texas; the University of Houston, Houston, Texas; the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, and has served as an Advisory member of the Art and Architecture Panel, Texas Arts Commission; Houston Arts Festival; Cultural Arts Council of Houston and the Art League of Houston. 

Harris was honored with a retrospective at the Womenʼs Museum (an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution) in Dallas, titled ROBERTA HARRIS: “UP” 1985-2009. Harris lives and makes art in Houston, Texas.

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Roberta Harris


Education
1963-73 University of Texas, Austin, TX
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Hunter College, New York, NY
University of Houston, Houston, Texas, B.A.


Honors and Awards
Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY Experience
2014 Finalist Hunting Art Prize
Included in the book: TEXAS ABSTRACT / Modern/Contemporary
2011 Puncture, an independent feature film starring Chris Evans. Directed by Adam Kassen
and Mark Kassen. Chosen as one of the spotlight films for the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.
2009 Gallery Talk, The Women’s Museum (Smithsonian), Dallas, TX
2007 Visiting Lecturer, Women in the Visual & Literary Arts
2005 Visiting Lecturer, Menil Collection, Houston, TX, The Artists Eye 1999-2000 Pro
gram Committee, International Sculpture Conference 2000.
1999-2000 Curator, Go Figure Exhibition, International Sculpture 2000 Conference
1997 Visiting Lecturer, Women in the Visual & Literary Arts Visiting Lecturer, High School for
the Performing and Visual Arts
1992 Visiting Lecturer, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
1988-1990 Board of Directors, Art League of Houston, Houston, TX
1989 Instructor, Art League of Houston, Houston, TX
1988 Visiting Lecturer, Kimbell Art Museum, Ft. Worth, TX
1986 Visiting Lecturer, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX
1983-1985 Advisory Board of Directors, Cultural Arts Council of Houston, Houston, TX
1981-1983 ` Advisory Member, Houston Arts Festival, Houston, TX
1978 Visiting Lecturer, University of Houston, Houston, TX
1978-1980 Advisory Board, Art and Architecture Panel, Texas Arts Commission
1974-1987 Faculty, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
1974-1976 Instructor, HSPVA, Houston, TX

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 Wing It, Two Allen Center, Houston, TX
2015 Roberta Harris: 1972 - 2013, Katy Contemporary Arts Museum, Katy, TX
Roberta Harris Revisited, Main Street Art Projects, Houston, TX
Roberta Harris: 2014, G Gallery, Houston, TX
2013 Birds, Grids & Other Symbols, The Jung Center, Houston, TX
2012 Recent Paintings and Works on Paper, UAC Contemporary Gallery, HBU, Hous- ton, TX
2012 Step Up, Kirk Hopper Fine Art Gallery, Dallas, TX
2010 Kirk Hopper Fine Art Gallery, Dallas, TX
2009 UP, Roberta Harris 1985-2009, The Women’s Museum (Smithsonian Institute), Dallas, TX
2006 Cutouts and Collage, Houston, TX 2004 Omni, Houston, TX
2003 Nest Gallery, Galveston, TX
2002 Winter Street Art Center, Houston, TX 2001 Winter Street Art Center, Houston, TX 1998
Compass Bank, Houston, TX
1998 Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, TX
1995 Lamina, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Inc., Houston, TX 1993 Peyton - Wright Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
1993 Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney, Australia (Wollahra, N.S.W.)
1992 Peyton - Wright Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
1991 Artists Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1991 Peyton - Wright Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
1991 Clayton - Hunter Gallery, Tucson, AZ 1990 McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, TX
1988 Caroline Lee Gallery, Houston, TX 1986 Caroline Lee Gallery, Houston, TX 1986 D W Gallery, Dallas, TX
1985 Transco Energy Corporation, Houston, TX 1984 Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
1984 Watson/de Nagy & Company, Houston, TX 1983 Watson/de Nagy & Company, Houston, TX
1983 Amarillo Arts Center, Amarillo, TX
1980 Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX
1977 Pelham - Von Stoffler Gallery, Houston, TX

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 February 2017, Monarch Gallery, Galveston, TX
Opening Exhibition, Monarch Gallery, Galveston, TX
2016 Genocide, Holocaust Museum, Houston, Tx
2015 Texas Abstract, Rudolph Blume Fine Art, Houston, TX
Texas Abstract, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX
2014 Texas Abstract, Wade Wilson Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico 2013 Sculpture, Katy Contemporary Arts Museum,   Katy, TX
2012 FotoFest International, Canopy, Houston, TX
2010 Kirk Hopper Fine Art Gallery, Dallas, TX
2009 “COMMAND SHIFT TAB RETURN DELETE,” HCG Gallery, Dallas, TX
Image + Metaphor, Nau-Haus Gallery, Houston, TX
Group Exhibition, Nau-Haus Gallery, Houston, TX
2008 Southwest, Albuquerque Museum of Fine Arts, ABQ, NM
THRIVE, Diverse Works, Houston, TX
2007 HIWI, Houston, TX
2006 Houston, It’s Worth It, Houston Center for Photography
2005 COEXISTENCE, 125 Gallery, Cultural Arts Council Houston, 2004 Showcase Houston,
Deutser Gallery, Houston, TX
2002 One Allen Center, Houston, TX
2002 Art on the Avenue, Houston, TX
2001 Cowparade, Houston, TX
2001 Artful Garden, Houston, TX
Sculpture Exhibition: Go Figure, Houston, TX
Journey: Sculpture 2000, Houston, TX
Kos Chaim: A Cup of Life, Margolis Gallery, Houston, TX
1998 Diverse Works, Houston, TX
1997 Gremillion Gallery, Houston, TX
1996 Wendy Morehead, New Orleans, LA
1996 Macon Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1996 Gremillion Gallery, Houston, TX
1995 Gremillion Gallery, Houston, TX
1994 Gremillion Gallery, Houston, TX
1993 Peyton - Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1992 Peyton - Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1991 Peyton - Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1991 Artists Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1990 Artists Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1990 Sewell Gallery, Rice University, Houston, TX
1989 New Trends in Southwestern Furniture, Economos Works of Art, Santa Fe, NM
1989 Fandemonium, The Pavilion, Houston, TX
1989 Art & Artifacts, Domus International, Houston, TX
1989 Art & Furniture ‘89, Domus International, Houston, TX
1988 Texas Women’s Exhibition, National Women’s Museum, Washington, D.C.
1988 Abstractions, MTV, New York, NY
1988 Functional Art, Domus International, Houston, TX
1988 The Crescent Collection, Crescent Gallery, Dallas, TX
1988 Zoomorphism: Animals in Art, Trammell Crow Center, Dallas, TX, Curator Paul Harris
1988 Furniture as Art, Art as Furniture, Art League of Houston and Domus International, Houston, TX
1988 Small Works, Caroline Lee Gallery, Houston, TX
1987 Theatre as Art, Art as Theatre, Stages (Women’s Playwrights Repertory Theatre), Houston, TX
1987 Abstract Sensibilities Now, Lawndale Art and Performance Center, University of Houston, TX
1986 Group Show, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
1986 Sculpture ‘86, Museum of Fine Arts and Transco Tower, Houston, TX
1985 New Nude Show, Midtown Art Center, Houston, TX (Cat)
1985 The Crescent Collection II: A Celebration of Texas Artists, Crescent Marketing Center, Dallas, TX
1985 Dimensional Paper, San Antonio Art Institute, San Antonio, TX
1985 The Mask Show, Galveston Art Center, Galveston, TX
1985 Texas Visions, The Museum of Art of the American West, One Houston Center, Houston, TX
1984 Faculty Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
1984 1 984 Show, Two Houston Center, Houston, TX. Curated by Ron Gleason, Tyler Museum of Art
1984 Texas Artists in Corporate Collection:, Paperworks, Watson/de Nagy & Company, Houston, TX
1983 Impressions of Houston, O’Kane Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX
1983 A Salute to Houston, Midtown Art Center, Houston, TX
1983 Eight Houston Women, Jewish Community Center, Houston, TX
1983 Watson/de Nagy & Company, Houston, TX
1982 Heart Show, The Art Center, Waco, TX
1982 Kunstforening, Norway, Christians and Kunstforening, Norway and Oslo Kunstforening, Norway
1981 Faculty Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
1981 Collection ‘81 - The Road Show, Two Houston Center, Houston, TX (Cat)
1981 University of Houston, Houston, TX
1981 University of Houston, Clear Lake, TX
1981 Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
1981 Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
1979 Made in Texas, University of Texas Art Museum, Austin, TX (Cat)
1979 Doors, The Houston Festival, Traveling Exhibition from Houston, Texas to the Art Center, Waco, TX
1979 Fire, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1978 A Glimpse of Houston, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
1978 1 2345: Five Artists, Tyler Museum of Arts, Houston, TX
1977 The Studio Show: Four Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
1977 Twenty from Texas, Victoria Art Museum, Victoria, TX
Roberta Harris / Joan Semmel, Pelham - Von Stoffler Gallery, Houston, TX
1976 Perspectives, Pelham - Von Stoffler Gallery, Houston, TX
1976 Women: Art: Houston, Alley Theatre, Houston, TX
1975 International Women’s Year, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX 1974 Painting &
Sculpture: Nine Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
1974 Houston Area Exhibition, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, TX
1973 Young American Artists, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
1973 Private Works, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1973 Drawings, Cusack Gallery, Houston, TX
1971 Document Show, David Gallery, Houston, TX
1971 Compilation ‘71, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX Commissions
2004 Phantasia, set design, Psophonia Dance Company, Hobby Center for Performing Arts, Houston, TX
2000 Wayfinding Project, City of Houston, Houston, TX
1997-1998 Drive-By-Dancing, costuming for Leslie Skates Dance Company, Houston, TX
1984 Painted Dialogue, designed set and costumes, Joan Karff’s New Dance Group, Houston, TX
1980 The Houston Festival, major sculpture commission, Houston, TX
1980 Lu Lu, opera program cover and poster, Houston Grand Opera, Houston, TX

Selected Bibliography
Books, Articles and Reviews
Michael Paglia & Jim Edwards, Texas Abstract: Modern and Contemporary Raven Blair
Davis, Careers from the Kitchen Table, featured interview, 2010
Raven Blair Davis, CNN Radio, interview, 2010
Cover Story, Houston Woman Magazine, 2009
Richard Varr, “Roberta Harris: Feeling Life With Capital ‘L’”
2009 Houston Woman Business Directory
Virginia Anderson, Thrive, Greater Houston Weekly, 2009
HIWI (Houston It’s Worth It), 2007
Cow Parade Houston , 2001
Joy Mullett and MaryRoss Taylor, “Texas Women Sculptors,” in Artlies: Texas Art Journal 26, Spring, 2000.
Melanie Haupt, Houston Press, October 22, 1998
Aaron Howard, Jewish Herald Voice, October 21, 1998
McDermott Hamm, Madeleine. “Houstonians at Home in Santa Fe,” Houston Chronicle
Magazine, July 14, 1991, p. 9.
Moore, Sylvia, Editor. “No Bluebonnets, No Yellow Roses,” Midmarch, Arts Press, 1988.
Lauter, Estella. Women as Mythmakers, Indiana Press, 1984.
Blotner, Pamela. “The Glue that Binds,” Art Magazine, Winter, 1985, p. 20.
Everingham, Carol J. Houston Post, November 20, 1983.
Schjedahl, Peter. “Art and Money in the City of Future -Think,” Houston City Magazine, February, 1980, p. 46.
Davidson, Anita. Roberta Harris, Houston Breakthrough, April, 1987, p. 15.
Moser, Charlotte. Art News, January, 1977.

Exhibition Catalogues
Roberta Harris: 1972-2014, Katy Contemporary Art Museum, 2014
Roberta Harris: Recent Paintings & Works on Paper, 2012, Essay by Jim Edwards
Roberta Harris UP, The Women’s Museum, Dallas, Texas, 2009, essay by Virginia Billeaud Anderd- son.
Roberta Harris, Transco Energy Company, Houston, Texas, 1985, essay by Carol Neuburger.
Roberta Harris, Pelham - Von Stoffler Gallery, Houston, Texas, 1977, essay by Alvia Wardlaw Short.

Selected Corporate Collections
Post Oak Bank, Houston, TX
Transco Energy Corporation, Houston, TX
Texas American Bank, Galleria Houston, TX
Hanson Investment Company, Houston, TX
Crescent Collection, Dallas, TX
Frito-Lay Collection, Dallas, TX
MTV Corporation, New York, NY
Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, GA
American General Life Institute, Houston, TX
Chase Manhattan Bank of New York, NY
Scheinberg Ltd., Sydney, Australia
Hirsch & Westheimer P.C., Houston, TX
Engineered Protection Systems, Houston, TX
Kent Electronics Corp., Houston, TX
Haynes & Boone L.L.P. Houston, TX
Billy W. Francis Design Inc., New York, NY
Power House Mississippi, MS
Brown, Campbell, Harrison & Wright, L.L.P., Houston, TX Dynegy, Houston, TX
Compaq, Houston, TX
Lapin & Wigginton, Houston, TX
ITC Corporation
Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX
Texas Heart Institute, Houston, TX
Tyson Foods Corporation
Kelsey Seybold, St. Luke’s Hospital, Woodlands, TX Greenspoint Hilton, Houston, TX
UHY International, Houston, TX