Growing up in a home with artistic parents, Renee began drawing at an early age and later became fascinated with illustration. Leaving her small town home in Kentucky to attend college at The Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. influenced Renee in innumerable ways. She continued studies at the Art Academy of Cincinnati , graduating with a major in painting and printmaking and a minor in illustration.

After college, Renee worked in galleries and did freelance illustration for independent companies. These part time jobs allowed her to focus on personal drawings, as well as, experimenting with many different techniques. A number of years past and a discovered interest in textile materials inspired Renee to pursue the infinite possibilities of working with various fibers. The continued explorations in drawing, embroidery, felting, use of manipulated papers and found fabrics have established her work as a unique expression of narrative imagery.

Since 1990, Renee has maintained a full time studio in Cincinnati, Ohio and shows her work nationally in exhibitions and galleries. She still remains open to change, humbled by ambiguity and rewarded with fortuitous inspiration.



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EDUCATION

Corcoran School of Art, Washington D.C.   1974
Art Academy of Cincinnati
Cincinnati , Ohio   1975-1979  (major in fine arts, minor in illustration)

SELECTED INVITATIONAL GALLERY OR MUSEUM SHOWS

9th International Fiber Biennial, Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. 2014
Renee Harris & JoAnne Russo, The Carnegie Arts Center, Covington, Kentucky 2013
Collective Details, featured artist, 5th Street Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio 2013
The Small Show, Heights Arts Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio 2012
Made By Hand: Felt,
The Works Museum, Newark, Ohio 2012
Birds of a Feather,
Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Ohio 2011
Ohio Annual,
Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, Ohio 2011
Specimens,
Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio 2011
Collective Visions: Fiber & Mixed Media,
Concourse Gallery, Upper Arlington, Ohio 2010
Illustrations in Fiber,
solo exhibit, University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan  2010
Member Artist's Exhibition,
 Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, Kentucky  2009
Birds + Dwellings,  Museum store of the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design  2008
Fiber Artists Collective Group Exhibit,  American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science,
Washington, D.C.  2007
A Bird in Hand,  group exhibit,  Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri   2007
Menagerie, Artists Look at Animals,  Museum of Folk Art and Design, San Francisco, CA  2006
Good Bird/Bad Bird,  Contemporary Crafts Museum,  Portland, Oregon  2005
Small Wonders:  Beth Nobles, Renee Harris, Amy Clarke-Moore,  Iowa Artisans Gallery,
Iowa City, Iowa  2005
Things Your Mama Said,  Society of Arts and Crafts Gallery, Boston, Mass.   2005
Magnificent Extravagance: Artists and Opulence,  Wustum Museum of Art, Racine, WI.   2005
Nature Cherished,  Artspace at The John Koehler Arts Center, Koehler, WI.,  2005
For the Love of Flowers,  Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, Kentucky  2005  
Domesticated Animals,  Society of Arts and Crafts Gallery, Boston, Mass.   2004
Felt So Good,  Fiber Arts Center, Amherst, Mass.,  2003
Threading the Eye,  Sherry Leedy Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri  2003
Intimate Expressions in Thread, Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico  2002
Modern Bestiary: An Artists View of the Animal Kingdom, Wustum Museum of Art  2002
Uncommon Threads: Embroidery as Fine Art,  Ft. Washington, Maryland  2000  

JURIED CRAFT SHOWS

Smithsonian Craft Show,  Washington , D.C.   
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show,  Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
American Craft Exposition, 
Evanston , Illinois
American Craft Council - Baltimore,  Baltimore , Maryland
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair,  Ann Arbor , Michigan
Washington Craft Show,  Washington , D.C.
Lakefront Festival of Arts,  Milwaukee Art Museum Milwaukee , Wisconsin

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2009 Niche Award Winner,  Niche Magazine,  2009
Ohio Arts Council Grant,  Individual Excellence Award,   2008
Aide to Individual Artist Grant, 
Summerfair, Inc.,  Cincinnati , Ohio   2006
Exhibitor's Choice Bronze Award, 
Smithsonian Craft Show,  Washington , D.C.    2006
Award for Excellence in Fiber, 
The American Craft Exposition,  Evanston , Illinois   2005
Chosen to Design the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair Poster and T-Shirt, 
Ann Arbor , Michigan   2005
Award of Excellence, 
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair,  Ann Arbor , Michigan   2001
Small Expressions, 
Second Place ,  Hand Weaver's Guild of America   2000
Award of Excellence, 
The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show,  Philadelphia , Pennsylvania    1998

COLLECTIONS 

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Modern Arts & Design Museum,  New York, NY
Ohio Craft Museum,  Columbus, Ohio  
Sprint Communications,  Kansas City, Missouri
Louisville Gas and Electric Company,  Louisville, Kentucky
Kaiser Permanente,  Rockville, Maryland
Cincinnati Bell Information Systems,  Cincinnati, Ohio

PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS

500 Felt Objects, Lark Books, 2011
Surface Design Magazine, winter edition, Informed Sources Section, 2010
Anna Magazine, Feature Article:
Fine Feathered Friends, summer edition, 2009
Fine Art / Fine Craft, Cincinnati Enquirer Newspaper,  by Sara Pierce,  September 30   2007
Smithsonian Desk Calendar, 
image chosen for calendar,  month of April   2007
Fiberarts Magazine,  Featured Article: 
Of Flora and Fauna,  A Talk with Renee Harris and Donna June Katz, 
Summer  vol. 33,  No. 1   2006
American Style Magazine, 
October issue,  page 26   2004
Fiberarts Design Book Seven, 
Lark Books,  page 87   2004
American Craft Magazine, 
August/September issue,  Gallery Section   2003
Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot Magazine, 
vol. 31,  no. 3  Small Expressions Award   2000
Fiberarts Design Book Six, 
Lark Books,  page 118   1999
Fiberarts Magazine, 
vol.18,  no. 3,  Exposure Section   1994
Flying Needle Magazine, 
front cover,  Council of American Embroiderers   1994



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