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Robert Harrison
American sculptor

American ceramist Robert Harrison received a BFA from the University of Manitoba in 1975 and an MFA from the University of Denver in 1981. He taught at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington from 1981-83, was artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana from 1983-85, Assistant Head of the ceramics program at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada from 1985-88 and Acting Head from 1988-89.

He has held numerous administrative positions, including Director-at-Large of NCECA from 1993-95 and Publications Director from 1995-98, was a board member at the Archie Bray Foundation from 1993-2005, President of the Board from 1999-2004 and Facilities Chair from 1996-2004.

Harrison counts amongst his many awards and fellowships four Manitoba Arts Council Grants and two university fellowships. His most recent public commissions include sculptures at Kansas State University (2002), the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK (2003) and the Museum of International Ceramic Art, Guldagergaard, Skaelskor, Denmark (2003).


He has become known for his site-specific sculptures and museum installations of ‘stacks’, gateways referencing architectural forms, often incorporating a distinctive arch and more recently loosely stacked house bricks and ceramic shards.

His small-scale sculptural works include 'clay windows’, ‘shells’, arch studies and his recent gold lustered ‘light radiators’, which were inspired by a work his then six year old daughter made.

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