Brilliant Detroit Visual Artist Carole Harris, is a lifelong Detroiter and graduate of Wayne State University, who describes her life’s passion this way…

“My work relies on improvisation. I am fascinated with hue and pattern, often drawing inspiration from the color, energy, and movement. It’s like the rhythms of ethnographic rituals as well as jazz, blues, and gospel music that I have learned growing up in Detroit.

Carole Harris is a fiber artist whose work has redefined and subverted the basic concepts of quilting by extending the boundaries of traditional quilting through inclusion of other forms of stitchery, irregular shapes, textures, material and objects. 

Captivated by the interplay of hue, pattern and texture, her work often draws inspiration from the color, energy, and rhythms of ethnographic textiles that she collects: as well as the music of and changing rhythms and history of her environment. Harris’ work has been exhibited extensively nationally and worldwide. Her work was included in “The Sum of Many Parts: 25 Quiltmakers in 21st Century

America” which toured China in 2012, where she was a guest lecturer. In 2018 she was one of two veteran artists honored with an exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Recent exhibitions include solo exhibits at the Dennos Museum, Traverse

Her work is in multiple museum collections as well as private and public collections nationally. Her work has been published extensively, and she is much in demand as a lecturer and juror.

In 2015 she was awarded a Kresge Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship.In 1976 she established her own interior and graphic design firm, Harris Design Group, LLC. In 2009 she shifted the focus of the firm to her studio art practice. Carole’s work is currently included in “Homecoming: Part 2” , inside The Carr Center Gallery through November 19th.