Sean Alonzo Harris

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Sean Alonzo Harris’ photographic education began in childhood and ran through the Art Institute of Boston, studies abroad in Italy and closer to home at Maine Media Workshops. He established his career in commercial, fine art and editorial photography in Maine, Boston and New York. He works with a broad range of editorial, educational and corporate clients including Mother Jones, Yankee Magazine, USA Today, LL Bean, Harvard Radcliffe Magazine, Atlantic Rethink, J.P. Morgan Chase and Cathay Pacific Airline. His professional practice includes teaching at Maine Media Workshops and collaborative, community-driven projects with nonprofit organizations. He has received multiple grants and awards from the Maine Arts Commission, a formal proclamation from the 121st Maine Legislature in recognition of his work, and was named by Maine Magazine as one of the “60 Most Collectible Artists in Maine.”

In the artist’s own words: “These are a few of my favorite things: my daughter, Enrica. My wife, Elizabeth. Helen Levitt, Irving Penn, Roy DeCarava and James VanDerZee. Langston Hughes. Howard Zinn. John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Nina Simone. My cat, Minny. My dog, Frida. Deardorff 8 x 10 field cameras. Platinum and palladium printing. Baseball. Fixed gear track bikes. Backyard barbecues.”

Art Institute of Boston, MA
Maine Media Workshops, Rockland, ME
L’Accademia De Belle Art, Viterbo, Italy

Grants & Awards

2017 - Kindling Fund Grant

2016 - Best of the Best Photographer, One Eyeland

2015 - Our Favorite Photos of 2015, DownEast Magazine

2015 - Silver Award Arts & Culture, Portrait Photography, International Regional Magazine Awards

2014 - Editor’s Pick, DownEast Magazine

2006 - Good Idea Grant, Maine Arts Commission

2003 - Official Proclamation from the legislature of the State of Maine

2003 - Broderson Award

1999 & 2000 - Best of Portland, Best Photographer, Casco Bay Weekly, Portland, ME

1986 & 1987 - James VanDerzee Award, University of Lowell, Lowell, MA

Museums & Public Collections

David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora

The Telling Room

Green Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church

Maine Humanities Council

University of Southern Maine African American Archives

Maine College of Art, Creative Community Partnerships Program

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019 - institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, Visual Tensions

  • 2018 - PhoPa Gallery, Portland, ME, Voices in Our Midst

  • 2015 - Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME, Huzzah! Play Ball Like It’s 1861

  • 2014 - Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME, Fruitful

  • 2014 - Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME, Catch and Release

  • 2011 - Frontier Gallery, Brunswick, ME, Sean Harris New Selected Portraits

  • 2009 - Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME, Selected Platinum and Palladium Prints

  • 2008 - Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME, Selected Portraits

  • 2008 - The Museum of African Culture, Portland, ME, Present

  • 2005 - University of New England, Biddeford, ME, Recollection

  • 2003, 2002 - Arts in the Capitol Program, Blaine House, Augusta, ME, and Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME A Lebanese Family in Waterville, Families of Maine Documentary Photo Project, Part 1

  • 2000 - Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME, If Wishes Were Horses Beggars Would Ride

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