Heather ‘Bird’ Harris

Heather ‘Bird’ Harris is an artist and history educator working in Atlanta and New Orleans. Through painting and social practice, she engages site-specific materials to explore the throughlines between land history and environmental crises, place and memory, as well as mothering in the face of climate change. Harris received her B.S. in art history and studio art from Skidmore College and master’s degree in education leadership from Columbia University. Harris has served as principal of a turnaround school in New Orleans and has consulted with school leaders across the South to implement equitable learning practices and empowering history education. Her environmental art practice has been featured nationally on NPR and the All We Can Save Project. Harris has exhibited widely across the South including Art Fields, Wavelength Space, and her 2022 solo exhibition Where the Water Goes as part of her Arts New Orleans Residency. Harris is currently working with Science Gallery Atlanta and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to facilitate iterations of The Land Memory Project, community-based experiences that explore local and personal histories and the environmental concerns that connect us.