Daesha Devón Harris

Daesha Devón Harris is a Saratoga Springs, New York native, artist and photographer who has spent time in Buffalo, NY and San Francisco, CA. She credits her parents for always fostering her creativity and fueling her interest in stories and history, but most importantly for teaching her the importance of community. Both her multi-cultural family and the unexpected death of her young father have greatly shaped her life. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the College Of Saint Rose and a MFA in Visual Art from The University at Buffalo. She is a member of various organizations and plays an active role in her community as a youth advocate, social activist and cultural history preservationist. The gentrification of her hometown and it’s effect on the local Black community has played a major role in both her advocacy and her artwork. Most recently Harris has been an En Foco Fellowship winner, MDOCS Storyteller’s Institute Fellow, Artist in Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock and an Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer's Fellowship awardee. She is also an avid fisherwoman and hobbyist gardener.

I went down in the valley And I crossed an icy stream And the water I was crossing Was no water in a dream Just Beyond the River: A FolkTale
Just follow me down to Jordan's stream One More River to Cross