Lyle Ashton Harris is an artist who works in video, photography and performance. He received a BA with Honors from Wesleyan University in Connecticut (1988) and an MA from the California Institute of the Arts (1990), and he participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (1992). His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is regularly featured in periodicals and publications. Harris's work has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the Kunsthalle Basel, and the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva. During 2000 and 2001, Harris was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome. He has received numerous awards for his photography.
Harris' photographs have also appeared in international magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek and Vibe. Harris is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Art Education at New York University, and teaches part of the year at the NYU campus in Accra, Ghana, living in both cities.