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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

Elyse Harrison

Elyse Harrison

Artist Work

GIRLWAVE
2015
acrylic on fiberboard
12' x 4'
HEART SONG
2017
acrylic on fiberboard
40" x 86"
HEART SONG MURAL
2017
printed vinyl
Purple Juice
2015
acrylic on fiberboard
60 x 24

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Phone
301-718-0809
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Bio

They say artistic tendencies can transfer from one generation to the next and for me, this is especially true.

I was influenced in my youth by creative parents and siblings who collectively embraced literature, theater, music and electronic design. My grandfathers had creative professions in textiles and printmaking. When an eight year old longs to play the piano like Fats Waller or build an illuminated diorama for a school book report, you can't help but think that the passion for artistic expression will only intensify as the years go by. Indeed, my adult life has flourished in the arts.

Some notable accomplishments include commercial projects such as a recent 2017 art installation in the new wing of Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC, building and running a reputable gallery for seven years and developing and directing a twenty-seven year old art education program, each located in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. I have been exhibiting in the DC area and selling my art to collectors since 1976, and have received four Individual Artist grants from The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the most recent award for FY2018. Between 1995 and 2000 I was selected to create ten individual murals in public schools through the Artists in Education program for the state of Maryland.

My ambition always lies straight ahead to the next project, bringing with me the increasingly rich, resourceful experiences that I as an artist am pleased to have acquired.