Born in San Francisco, CA on Jan. 24, 1913. Harris pursued a musical career until 1929 when he switched to art and entered the CSFA for a three-year study period. His art career was launched in 1934 as one of 26 artists selected to paint frescoes in Coit Tower for the Public Works of Art Project. (Subject of his fresco: Banking and Law.) After the College of Marin, he obtained a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He taught at San Francisco State College (1935), SFMA (1937-39), Stanford (1944-46), CCAC (1946-47), and Alcatraz Penitentiary (1947-49). In 1950 he was commissioned to paint a 27-foot long mural entitled, A Century of Progress in San Francisco at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce at 333 Pine Street. Another of his murals c
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with the artist or his/her family; American Art Annual
1933; Who's Who in California
1942; Who's Who in American Art
1938-53; SF Examiner, 10-8-1991 (obituary).Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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