The following text is an edited conversation conducted between Peter Harris and NIAD art facilitator Emma Spertus.
ES: What kind of art do you like to make at NIAD?
PH: I like painting, printmaking, clay, and dance.
ES: When you work with clay, how do you feel?
PH: Happy, my fingers are excited. In the end, I’m happy about what I made. I like to show my mom [my work].
ES: You have a great sense of color. What do you like about colors?
PH: Like the colors. All of them.
ES: What is your method, planning ahead or making it up?
PH: Make it up. I like making art at NIAD. When I am done, I like to show it to people.
ES: Do you like to try new things?
PH: Yes. I like my art. I like coming to NIAD.
ES: You have been at NIAD a long time. What do you think of NIAD?
PH: I like NIAD. Art. Art. I have learned art.
ES: Why do you like making art?
PH: I like art, I like seeing art.
ES: Is there something you want to make in the future?
PH: More art.
// Peter’s available work //
Untangling Webs: A Journey In Abstract Textiles, organized by Alexander Hernandez // NIAD Online Exhibition // July 2023
Into the Brightness: Artists from Creativity Explored, Creative Growth & NIAD // Oakland Museum of California // May 2023
Golden Hour, organized by Poppy Dodge // NIAD Online Exhibition // April 2023
Empty Kind Of Full, organized by Tara Neuffer // NIAD Online Exhibition // May 2023
A NIAD Art Books Show, organized by NIAD artist Karen May // NIAD Online Exhibition // May 2023
Animal, Animal, Vegetable, Vegetable, Mineral, Mineral organized by Nick Schutzenhofer // NIAD Online Exhibition // March 2023
Rainbow Cat Picnic organized by Cynthia Ona Innis // NIAD Online Exhibition // March 2023
Waking, Breathing, Making! organized by Laura Kamian McDermott // NAID Online Exhibition // February 2023
Puzzles In Print organized by Delilah Ponton // NIAD Online Exhibition // February 2023
Search Engine organized by Diego Leclery // NIAD Online Exhibition // January 2023
I Dreamt the Sun Was in My Bed Organized By SF State University’s Fall 2022 Exhibition Design Class // NIAD Online Exhibition // December 2022
Holiday Gift Guide // “Between Worlds” organized by Joey Enos // NIAD Online Exhibition // December 2022
Feeling Language, organized by Kate Laster // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // October 2022
Whales and Pencil Holders, organized by Emma Spertus // NIAD Annex Exhibition // September 2022
Day Or Night It Looks Like Night, organized by Liliana Herrera // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // September 2022
Mash Up, organized by Kiera Lofgreen // NIAD Online Exhibition // September 2022
Question Mark, organized by Betsy Odom // NIAD Online Exhibition // August 2022
Touching, organized by Zachary Epcar // NIAD Online Exhibition // July 2022
A New Geometry, organized by e bond // NIAD Online Exhibition // July 2022
Many Happy Returns, organized by Liam Golden and Bill Zindel // ODC Theater, SF // April 2022
Superbloom, organized by Erin McCluskey Wheeler // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // April 2022
Layers Upon Layers, curated by Shenny Cruces// Archival Gallery, Sacramento // March 2022
WIN WIN 10 Silent Auction Preview Exhibition // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // February 2022
Day or Night it Looks Like Night, curated by Liliana Herrera // NIAD Online Exhibition // February 2022
Voice Inside, organized by Sunila Bajracharya // NIAD Online Exhibition // January 2022
Be Heard. Speak Up., organized by Fenwick & West // NIAD Windows Exhibition // 2020
Good On Paper: Erin McCluskey Wheeler x NIAD // NIAD Art Center // 2020
Have/Hold, organized by Julia Schwartz NIAD Art Center // 2019
Ether Here Nor There: Anthony Grant x NIAD // NIAD Art Center // 2019
Hailing From Parts Unknown, organized By Curtis Turner // May 2019
Forests And Clearings, organized By Wayne Smith // NIAD Art Center // 2019
Books, Man, organized by Mike Monteiro // NIAD Art Center // 2019
Redefining Contemporary Art, organized by Courtney Eldridge // Depot Steamboat Springs // 2019
Where They Want To Go, organized by Erin McCluskey Wheeler // NIAD Art Center // 2019
Talking Heads: Figuration From Northern California Ceramicists, organized by Susan Alexander and NIAD Art Center // Museum of Northern California Art (monca), Chico // 2018
It’s Complicated, organized by Kathleen King // NIAD Art Center // 2018
The Genre Leaps, organized by Margaret Tedesco // NIAD Art Center // 2018
Can Did, organized By Julio Rodriguez // NIAD Art Center // 2018
Thread Heads // Berkeley Art Center // 2017
Peter Harris x Eddie Braught // NIAD Art Center // 2017
Affinity, organized by Tim Buckwalter // Museum of Northern California Art (monca), Chico // 2017
The Fourth Dimension, organized by Marja Galpin van der Loo // NIAD Art Center // 2017
Spring/ Summer Exhibition, organized by Arianne Gelardin // PARLOR San Francisco // 2017
Shapeshifting Superheavies, organized by Jessica Snow // NIAD Art Center // 2017
Mayor Tom Butt Selects The Art Of NIAD // Mayor’s Suite, City Hall, Richmond // 2017
Curious Weave, organized by Ramekon O’Arwisters // NIAD Art Center // 2016
Abstract Preferences, organized by Anthony Pinata // NIAD Art Center // 2016
Assemble: A NIAD Art Center Project with Nina Zurier, organized by Nina Zurier // NIAD Art Center // 2015
Ebony + Ivory, organized by Katie Johnson // NIAD Art Center // 2014
Mud, Honey // NIAD Art Center // 2013
Championship Vinyl // NIAD Art Center // 2013
A Light That Never Goes Out: Continuing Traditions In Abstraction // NIAD Art Center // 2013
San Francisco Arts Quarterly: The Art Circus Comes To Town (2013, May)