Harris Barron, the founder of the Studio for Interrelated Media passed away Sunday October 22 2017 peacefully at home surrounded by family. He spent the last few weeks of his life talking on the phone and in person for hours every day making sure he said goodbye, offered last bits of advice, and directed a few more actions.
Harris will be remembered by hundreds of students and collaborators as a motivating presence that had no patience for excuses. His legacy lives on in his artwork and poetry, the individuals that have been transformed by his energy and commitment, and in the Studio for Interrelated Media department that he founded in 1969 at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Harris has maintained a close relationship with many SIM students and alumni since he retired from the college in 1988. He has met almost all of the recipients of the Harris Barron Scholarship since it was first offered in 2010.
Harris is survived by his wife and artistic collaborator of 70 years, Ros Barron, his son Matthew Barron, daughter Becky Barron, and his grandchildren.
If you’d like to know more about Harris, read this article, Harris Barron, written by Ron Wallace in 1988 (SIM Alum, 1974)
And check out Harris and Ros Barron’s website –