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Artist Profile: John Harlan Norris

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John Harlan Norris is an artist, educator, and musician from Lexington, Kentucky.

His paintings and animated works explore alternative approaches to portraiture and investigate topics including occupation, technology, and public persona. Norris has exhibited his work throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Asia, including recent exhibitions at Susan Moremen Gallery (Louisville, KY), Christoffer Egelund Gallery (Copenhagen, DE), Martin Museum of Art (Waco, TX), Wërkartz (Los Angeles, CA), KMAC Museum (Louisville, KY) and others. His films have been shown at a variety of venues including Supernova Digital Animation Festival (Denver, CO), The American Documentary and Animation Festival (Palm Springs, CA), Montreal International Animation Festival (Canada), and the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival (WI). He is a recipient of an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting, an Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting, and two artist grants from the Great Meadows Foundation. He has attended residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Willhardt & Naud, and the Vermont Studio Center. In 2019, his book and accompanying soundtrack album Disintegrants were published by Institute 193. Norris lives in Lexington where he teaches at the University of Kentucky and plays in the guitar pop band Letters of Acceptance.