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John Harlan Norris is a painter, professor and musician originally from Nicholasville, Kentucky. His work explores alternative approaches to portraiture and investigates notions such as occupational identity and virtual constructions of the self. Norris has exhibited at venues including Greg Thompson Fine Art (Little Rock, AR), Trestle Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Plus Gallery (Denver, CO), 21C Museum Hotel (Bentonville, AR), Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans, LA), Institute 193 (Lexington, KY), 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), Memphis College of Art (Memphis, TN), Texas A & M University (Corpus Christi, TX), ARC Gallery (Chicago, IL) and others. He is a recipient of an Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship and has participated in residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. He also records and performs in the musical projects Harlan, Questionnaire and Letters of Acceptance. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky and Jonesboro, Arkansas where he is an Associate Professor of Art (painting & drawing) at Arkansas State University.