Erica Harris – Brooklyn, NY

Erica Harris lives in Brooklyn, New York. The history, debris, languages, and industries of her metropolis are a huge source of materials and inspiration. Harris teaches art to children, both in New York and internationally. In recent years she has facilitated projects in India, Guatemala, Macedonia, Brazil, El Salvador, Southeast Asia, and Brooklyn. Working in collaboration with communities where English is not spoken has also shaped the content of her work, particularly her relationship to language. She prefers using text—the printed word as a pattern, and often refers to how words and images are interchangeable symbols. While traveling, Harris concentrates on collecting collage material. She frequently incorporates what she sees in the streets, neighborhoods and marketplaces into the narratives of her pieces. Something very mundane and ordinary could be a symbol of safety, shelter, or peace, while simultaneously being a relic of war. It is in this context that she is drawn to the use of simple imagery.

In 2006, Erica Harris’ work was shown in the Halsey Institute’s group exhibition, Penumbra featuring collage artists who utilize found images and combine them in ways that often surprise and illuminate.



Each year we offer a new set of limited edition prints available exclusively to our members at the Postmodernist level and up. Artists who have been a part of the Halsey Institute’s programming have specially created these prints for us. Beginning at the POSTMODERNIST level ($350), you may choose from one of the prints we have available. Many of the prints are featured on the walls of our hall of Patron Prints located on the first floor of The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts, just down the hall of the Halsey Institute.  Gradually, you can build your art collection while supporting adventurous contemporary art in Charleston! For more information, please contact Tatjana Beylotte at or 843-953-5652.


Community Partners 2017