Roberta Harris was born in Passaic, New Jersey and grew up in Houston, Texas. She has lived in New York, Washington, D.C., and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was chosen for the Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Harris studied at Parson’s School of Design and Hunter College in New York. She was chosen to do Independent Study at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1972. Her paintings and sculptures have been exhibited nationally and internationally and her work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Kimbell Museum, Ft. Worth, Tx, MFAH and CAMH. Her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections including MTV Corporation, New York; Chase Manhattan Bank, New York; Frito-Lay Dallas, Texas; Dynegy, Houston, Texas; Compaq (Hewlett-Packard), Houston, Texas and Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas. Harris has instructed at Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston. She has been a visiting lecturer at the Kimbell Art Museum, Ft. Worth, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Brookhaven College, Dallas, Texas; the University of Houston, Houston, Texas; the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, and has served as an Advisory member of the Art and Architecture Panel, Texas Arts Commission; Houston Arts Festival; Cultural Arts Council of Houston and the Art League of Houston. In 2009, The Women’s Museum (a Smithsonian Institution), in Dallas, Texas honored Roberta Harris with a retrospective of her work covering the period of 1985 to 2009. She was a Huntington finalist in 2014 and in 2015 had numerous one person exhibits including her 3rd retrospective (Katy Contemporary Arts Museum). Harris lives and makes art in Houston, Texas.