About

 
 
 

Natasha Harrison is a native Rhode Islander who graduated with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design Glass Department in 1991. She went on to co-found and run a nonprofit arts organization with Lisa Randall,  in Newport RI.  For 16 years Island Arts served the community through two locations that included a 1200 sq. foot donated exhibition space, classrooms, darkroom, year round outreach programs for at-risk youth and countless art exhibitions and events. 

Harrison continued to pursue her work in glass and graduated from The Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2007 to receive her MFA. 

Harrison is presently the Executive Director of the Norman Bird Sanctuary, a 325 acre wildlife refuge in Middletown, RI that serves 7,00 youth annually and welcomes 20,000 visitors through events, programs and seven miles of hiking trails. Harrison lives and creates art work in Newport, RI.

 

Education


Rhode Island School of Design
BFA : Glass / 1991

Vermont College
MFA : Visual Art / 2007

 

Experience


Executive Director 2007- present
Norman Bird Sanctuary Middletown, RI
An historic 325 acre wildlife refuge that serves over 12,000 youth a year with dynamic educational programs. 

Co-Founder and Director 1991-2007
Island Arts Newport, RI
A non-profit community arts organization that grew to occupy two locations including a 1200 sq. foot donated exhibition space, classrooms and darkroom with year round outreach programs for at-risk teenagers. 

 

Selected Exhibitions


The Jamestown Art Center
Jamestown, RI  
Two person exhibition
September 2017 

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The Newport Art Museum
Newport, RI
Juried Members Show
February 2017

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The Jamestown Art Center
Jamestown, RI

“White on White”
July 2016 

The Wheeler Gallery
Providence RI
Two person exhibition
September 2006  

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Habatat Gallery
Boca Raton, FL
“Artist's Choice”- chosen by Toots Zynsky
May 2006 

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Hera Gallery
Wakefield, RI
“Forces at Work”
December 2005  

 

Publications & Reviews


The New Glass Review #27
The Corning Museum of Glass / 2006

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Bill Van Siclen “Art Scene”
The Providence Journal / April 2006

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Marilyn Bellemore “A Feast for the Eyes”
Newport This Week / March 2006

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Cynthia Farnell “Six Rhode Island Artists”
The Newport Mercury / June 2005