Clifford "Kliph" Harris

As a self-taught illustrator, Harris received numerous portrait commissions, which included portraits of former Atlanta mayor, Andrew Young and Isabel Sanford from “The Jeffersons”.  For a brief period in 1991, Harris illustrated the Detroit News daily comic strip “Homeboys’ Neighborhood”.

In May 1996, Harris completed his B.F.A. in Graphic Communications with an Art Direction concentration and began working at Doyle Marketing as an art director.  There he worked with clients such as SMART, Hiram Walker, Oakwood Healthcare Systems, Newton Furniture, ITT Automotive and Price’s Men’s Wear.  His freelance clients have included: McCann-Erickson, Ross Roy Communications, Brogan and Partners, Museum of African American History, Atwater Foundation, O’Neal-McClure, Chrysler, and the American Cancer Society.

Recruited to coordinate and supervise the new office of Multicultural Affairs at the College for Creative Studies in 1997, Harris began teaching Foundation drawing in 1998. In 2008, he organized a workshop/exhibition titled “The Sara Crowe Chronicles” showcasing the works of numerous artists affiliated with College for Creative Studies and the “Chronicles” series continues. Harris exhibited a collection of his portraits at the Detroit Repertory Theatre in his one-man show for Black History Month titled “faces” in 2009 and was one of ten featured artists in BLAC Detroit magazine that year.

  • Graduation Year: 1996
  • Major: Graphic Design
  • Employer: College for Creative Studies
  • Title: Director of Multicultural Affairs

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