School of Art and Visual Studies
John Harlan Norris is a painter whose work bridges both analog and digital media. His research explores alternative approaches to portraiture and investigates notions such as occupational identity and virtual constructions of the self. Norris has exhibited at venues including Christoffer Egelund Gallery (Copenhagen, DE), Trestle Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Plus Gallery (Denver, CO), 21C Museum Hotel (Bentonville, AR), Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans, LA), Institute 193 (Lexington, KY), Greg Thompson Fine Art (Little Rock, AR), Contemporary Arts Center Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV), The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (Summit, NJ), David Lusk Gallery (Memphis, TN), Arkansas Arts Center (Little Rock, AR), Florida State Museum of Fine Arts (Tallahassee, FL), Memphis College of Art (Memphis, TN), Texas A & M University (Corpus Christi, TX), ARC Gallery (Chicago, IL) and others. He is a recipient of an Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship and has participated in residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts (Austerlitz, NY), Wërkartz (Los Angeles, CA) and the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT). Also a musician, he records and performs with the group Letters of Acceptance. He received his undergraduate degree in Studio Art and English (double major) from Centre College and his MFA in Painting and Drawing from Louisiana State University.