Robert Jackson Harrington

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Punch can spill, 2015 Mixed Media 2-by-2-by-8-inches © Robert Jackson Harrington
Drawing mechanism for a prouder tomorrow, 2014 Mixed Media 15-by-8.5-by-5.5-inches © Robert Jackson Harrington
Dog trades ability to see for a cardboard box, 2015 Mixed Media 7-by-9-by-15-inches © Robert Jackson Harrington
Lumber® 12-01 Excess Measurement with Spare™, 2012 Mixed Media 2-by-2-by-10-feet © Robert Jackson Harrington
New Study Arrangement, 2012 Mixed Media 14-by-18-by-3-inches © Robert Jackson Harrington
Clean Destruction Machine, 2014 Mixed Media 12-by-18-by-56-inches © Robert Jackson Harrington
Lumber® 11-02 Portable Heat Containment Unit™, 2011 Mixed Media Dimension Variable © Robert Jackson Harrington
Lumber® 11-01 Retractable Energy Unit™ Plum, 2011 Mixed Media 7-by-6-by-2-feet © Robert Jackson Harrington
Quick Facts
Ysleta, TX
University of Texas, 2006, BFA
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 2008, MFA
mixed-media, sculpture


08 - MFA. San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.
06 - BFA. The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX.

Exhibitions and Projects

15 - The IV Bienal Ciudad Juárez- El Paso Biennial 2015, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX & Museo de Arte Juárez, Ciudad Juárez, MX. (forthcoming)
15 - The Big Draw, Catalyst Gallery, Beacon, NY.

14 - Energy Cache & the Imagined Promise, Post Studio Projects, Houston, TX.
14 - Goodly/Wicked, grayDUCK gallery, Austin, TX.

13 - A Catalogue, Tiny Park, Austin, TX.
13 - 3rd Coast National, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX.
13 - Lo de la Vida, La Galeria 77, Mexico City D.F. , MX.
13 - The III Bienal Ciudad Juárez- El Paso Biennial 2013, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX & Museo de Arte Juárez, Ciudad Juárez, MX.
13 - Con/Juntos, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX.

12 - the Development of Actuality, Co-Lab Project Space, Austin, TX.

11 - NOW! That's What I Call Art: Vol:1, Oliver Francis Gallery, Dallas, TX.
11 - Generator: An Exploration in Potential Systems, Gallery I, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
11 - Advanced Young Artists at Arthouse Exhibition, Arthouse, Austin, TX.
11 - Universal Capable, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Houston, TX.
11 - Group Hug, Pump Projects Satellite Space, Austin, TX.

10 - Zine Library, Trouser House, New Orleans, LA.
10 - Potential Modulations, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX.
10 - Material & deStructure:The Creative Alternative in Art, PG Contemporary, Houston, TX.
10 - The People's Gallery Exhibition, Ausitn City Hall, Austin, TX.

09 - Postcard Show 13, The Lab, San Francisco, CA.
09 - Teeny-Tiny Show, Birdhouse, Austin, TX.

08 - Fresh Baked, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX.
08 - Decoy, LoBot Gallery, Oakland, CA.
08 - Vernissage, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA.
08 - Ways and Means, 111 Townsend, San Francisco, CA.
08 - Sound Device, Root Division, San Francisco, CA.

07 - Grounded?, Southern Exposure/Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
07 - Graphic Content, Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
07 - Continuing MFA Show, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
07 - SFAI NOW, Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA.
07 - Widget, The Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

06 - Three Strikes, The Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
06 - The Value Show, 910 Texas, El Paso, TX.

05 - Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ.
05 - Rimscape3, Bridge Center for Contemporary Art, El Paso, TX.
05 - Student Art Show, The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX.
05 - Que Paso en El Paso, Avant Studio Gallery, El Paso, TX.

04 - Project Space Silo Exhibition, Border Art Residency, El Paso, TX.


15 - Honor of Excellence in Group Gallery Exhibition for Gently Fried, Austin Critics Table Award.
06 - 08 MFA Sculpture Fellowship, San Francisco Art Institute.
05 - Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, International Sculpture Center.
04 - 06 Marguerite Loya Pearson Scholarship Fund for the Arts.

Curatorial Projects

15 - Drawing Lines, District 1, Austin, TX. (forthcoming)
15 - Russell Etchen, the Museum of Pocket Art, Austin, TX. (forthcoming)
15 - Gently Fried, The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX.
15 - Palapable Networks, Jenny Odell, the Museum of Pocket Art, Austin, TX.
15 - #ATXLoteria, Blackbaud, Austin, TX.

14 - Dance Your Pants Off, Gallery at Canopy, Austin, TX.
14 - emoemoji : bear, Dan Boehl, the Museum of Pocket Art, Austin, TX.

11 - The View from There, Kevin B. Chen, the Museum of Pocket Art, Austin, TX.
11 - C —, Frederic Church in Color, After Mathew Brady Studio, Ben Ruggiero, the Museum of Pocket Art, Austin, TX.
11 - Seven Years of MoPA, a Retrospective, Bruno David, St. Louis, MO.

10 - Jan Blythe, the Museum of Pocket Art, Austin, TX.
10 - Incognizant, the Museum of Pocket Art, Austin, TX.

09 - Ten Wallets: the Museum of Pocket Art 2006 to 2009, the Lab, San Francisco, CA.

08 - Humble Pi, Robert Moya, the Museum of Pocket Art, San Francisco, CA.

07 - Spring 2007, Priyanka Gupta and Matthew Cella, the Museum of Pocket Art, San Francisco, CA.

06 - The Fluffer | Once Upon a Time…, Manuel Guerra and Susan Klahr, the Museum of Pocket Art, El Paso, TX.

05 - Spring 3ver, the Museum of Pocket Art, El Paso, TX.

04 - Inagural Exhibition, the Museum of Pocket Art, El Paso, TX.


Seth Orion Schwaiger "Gently Fried" The Austin Chronicle,, June 5, 2015.
Caitlin G. McCollom "The Los Outsiders: A Curatorial Collective with a community activist flair" Arts & Culture Texas,, June 1, 2015.
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, "Sparking a conversation", The Austin American–Statesman, May 21, 2015, D1.
Andy Campbell, "Studio Visits: Robert Jackson Harrington" The Austin Chronicle, November 15, 2013, 31.
Robert Boyd, "Review: Material and deStructure at Poissant Gallery",, April 26, 2010.
Janet Purcell, "Inspirations of Young and Imaginative Artists on display at Grounds for Sculpture" Trenton Times, December 9, 2005, G17.
Robert Holguin, Interview KVIA television, El Paso, TX, November 10, 2005.
Adriana M. Chavez, "Art in the Dark" El Paso Times, August 10, 2005, 3B.
Natasha Goldman, "SITEproject" ARTL!ES, Spring, 2005, 100-101.
Robert Holguin, Interview, KVIA television, El Paso, TX, January 15, 2005.
Kim Roedl, "The Silo Exhibition" El Paso Times, December 12, 2004, 1F.

Presentations and Publications

"A brief meditation on art and context", Glasstire, June 21, 2015,
"Tom Sachs", EUTOPIA, February 13, 2015,
"James Drake", EUTOPIA, November 4, 2014,
"Excerpts from Trust Your Art Gut", Glasstire, August 5, 2014,
"Art History March Madness Part 1&2", The Contemporary Austin, March 18 & 25, 2014, &
"On the Table: A Conversation with Artist Robert Jackson Harrington, Austin Public Library, Yarborough Branch, October 29, 2013,
"Sweet 16, 20th Century Visual Artist", Texas State University, September 27, 2011
"Conversations at the Table", Arthouse at the Jones Center, December 8, 2008