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Associate Professor of Art


  • M.F.A., Painting and Drawing, Louisiana State University
  • B.A., Studio Art and English, Centre College

Teaching Specialties

  • Drawing
  • Figure Drawing
  • Painting
  • Advanced Painting

Research Interests

  • Painting and Drawing
  • Portraiture
  • Contemporary Art

Links of Interests

Art: johnharlannorris.com

Teaching: norrisartclass.blogspot.com


John Harlan Norris is a painter and Associate Professor of Art at Arkansas State University. His current body of work features a series of portraits in which the subjects are obscured by the signifiers of the roles they assume in their daily lives. Norris has exhibited throughout the country at venues including Plus Gallery (Denver, CO), Greg Thompson Fine Art (Little Rock, AR), 21C Museum Hotel (Bentonville, AR), Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans, LA), 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), The Acadiana Center for the Arts (Lafayette, LA) and others. In 2014 he was an artist resident at the Vermont Studio Center, and in 2012 he was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council.