Fine Arts Program

Harris Wiltsher

Area Facilitator, Visual Arts Program

Associate Professor, Printmaking, Design, Advanced Workshop

Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Center -- East, Room 100A
(850) 561-2842
harris.wiltsher@famu.edu
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INTRODUCTION

A Bronx, New York native and a product of Jamaican and African-American heritage, Wiltsher’s artistic endeavors span from being a Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) recipient, visiting artist, lecturer, independent curator, Fulbright Scholar, program administrator for the Florida Art in State Buildings Program, professor and gallery director at Florida A & M University.  In addition, his work is included in collections by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Sande Webster Gallery Collection, Carver Federal Bank, Art Academy of Honolulu and The Meeks-Eaton Black Archives Research Center & Collection Reserve. Some of his notable highlights were serving as a session chair at College Art Association conference in New York, curating a traveling South African exhibition, advising a winner of the national Verizon HBCU Student Art Competition, guiding a Fulbright winner to Ghana for dance and writing a grant for the Visual Arts Program that improved to over $107,000.


ARTIST STATEMENT

To address specific elements of black history or its community certainly is attainable but the position of my work is to provide a cultural and/or educational meaning to dialogue with my audience and document my personal experiences within the framework of the African Diaspora.  Currently, the focus to broaden the scope of my viewpoint is emphasized through my return to tactile art forms like collage to discuss recent tensions in the United States.

EDUCATION

Cranbrook Academy of Art, MFA, Printmaking, 1993
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, BS, Fine Arts, 1990

COURSES TAUGHT

Advanced Workshop, Advertising Design, Art Appreciation, Colloquium in Art, Drawing I, Drawing II, Life Drawing, Fundamentals of Design I, Fundamentals of Design II, Introduction to Printmaking, Silkscreen Printmaking, Senior Portfolio, Textile Design

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

2019
  • Harris Wiltsher: Visual Conversations (solo), Union Bank Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
  • Pressing Matters IX, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA (Honorable Mention)
  • NudeNite, Central Florida Fairgrounds - Warehouse, Orlando, FL
  • Black History Month Exhibition, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art, Apalachicola, FL
  • 26th Parkside National Print Exhibition: Its NOT Small Anymore!, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Galleries, Kenosha, WI
  • 2019 Creative Tallahassee, City Hall Art Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
  • Odds&Ends, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 2019 Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition, Waterloo Arts Gallery, Cleveland, OH
  • 31st Annual Art in Gadsden, Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy, FL (Best in Show)
  • 33rd Artist League Summer Annual, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL
  • Emerging Artists Residency - Harris Wiltsher: New Concerns & Crowns, Portal Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • Blue!, Webster Arts Center, St. Louis, MO
  • 20th Annual - The Will's Creek Exhibition of Fine Art, Saville and Schwab Galleries, Cumberland, MD
  • The Schwa Show: A National Juried Art Exhibition, Emerge Gallery, Greenville, NC
  • Creative Diversity & Inclusion Collection, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY
  • Exceptional Talents Exhibition, Mona Niko Gallery, Mission Viejo, CA
  • Arts Council of Wayne County 40th National Juried Art Show, Main Gallery, Goldsboro, NC

2018   
  • New Orleans Tricentennial African-American Art Exhibition, ASHE Cultural Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
  • Black History Month Exhibition, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art, Apalachicola, FL
  • Pearls 2018 - The Houses on the Hill: Every House Tells a Story, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art, Apalachicola, FL
  • 30th Annual Art in Gadsden, Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy, FL
  • Harris Wiltsher: Visual Conversations (solo), Union Bank Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
  • 2018 Out of Pocket: Small Art Exhibition, Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy, FL
2017   
  • Biannual ART FACULTY & Affiliated Artists Exhibition, Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
  • Artists League Summer Annual, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL
  • 29th Annual Art in Gadsden, Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy, FL

SELECTED AWARDS

2019 -- Emerging Artist Residency Award, Atlanta Printmakers Studio, Atlanta, GA
2016 -- Faculty Travel Grant to China, Nankai University, Tianjin, China
1995 - 1996 -- Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Fellowship Award, Bronx Council of the Arts, Bronx, NY
1993 - 1994 -- J. William Fulbright Scholarship Award, South Africa
1991 - 1993 -- Philip Morris Fellowship Award, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

EXHIBITIONS (CURATED)

  • "Sicula Sixhentsa Xa Sisonke: The South African Aesthetic", (artists: Bongekile Bengu, Hamilton Budaza, Ricky Dyaloyi, Thembinkosi Goniwe, Sipho Hlati, Billy Mandindi, Vuyasani Mgijima, Sophie Peters), traveled to New York, Michigan, Florida and Mississippi, 1996
  • "The Art of Resonating Fiber", (artists: Faith Ringgold, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson & Valerie Goodwin), Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery, Tallahassee, FL, October 26 - December 5, 2008
  • "Voices of FAMU Art Program: A Collection of 6 Decades of Art", Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery, Tallahassee, FL, (in progress:  February 24 - April 5, 2020)

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1630- 1640 Pinder Street
100 Foster-Tanner Art - East
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: (850) 599-3161