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.



Rhode Island School of Design
BFA : Glass / 1991

Vermont College
MFA : Visual Art / 2007



Executive Director 2007- present
Norman Bird Sanctuary Middletown, RI
An historic 325 acre wildlife refuge with seven miles of trails serving over 6,000 youth a year with dynamic educational programs. 

Co-Founder and Director 1991-2007
Island Arts Newport, RI
A non-profit community arts organization with two locations, classrooms and darkroom.


Selected Exhibitions

The Fuller Craft Museum
Bridgewater, MA  
Biennial Members Exhibition
May-Sepember 2018


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


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


The Jamestown Art Center
Jamestown, RI

“White on White”
July 2016 

The Wheeler Gallery
Providence RI
Two person exhibition
September 2006  


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


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


Publications & Reviews

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


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


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


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