Jim Harrison, III is the owner and director of Harrison Galleries LLC., which is
located in downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Founded in 2001, Harrison Galleries
deals in vintage and contemporary fine art and photography. Each year the
gallery hosts dozens of civic, social and cultural events, fundraisers and exhibitions,
including the annual University of Alabama Art Department’s Bachelor of Fine Arts
(BFA) show, and is a corporate sponsor of Kentuck, the Alabama Blues Project, Arts
n Autism and numerous other cultural and educational entities. Harrison Galleries
is a founding participant in Tuscaloosa’s monthly Art Night, which is held on the
first Thursday of every month.
A native of Tuscaloosa, Mr. Harrison has over the years been involved in the West
Alabama community in many capacities, including chairmanship of the Chamber of Commerce
of West Alabama, where he co-chaired the development of the Chamber’s “Culture Builds”
cultural master plan. Past chair of the DCH Hospital Foundation Board, he
co-chaired the DCH Cancer Treatment Center capital campaign and served on the Public
Art Steering Committee for the new Tuscaloosa Federal Courthouse, which opened in
Mr. Harrison currently serves as vice chair of the Paul Jones Collection Advisory
Board and is a member of the board of the new Tuscaloosa Museum of Art, home of
the Westervelt Collection. As co-chair of the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts
Center Capital Campaign, he is spearheading efforts to transform a historic building
in downtown Tuscaloosa into performance and office space for area arts organizations.
In addition to his involvement in the cultural life of Tuscaloosa, Jim serves on
the boards of directors of the DCH Health Care Authority, the Chamber Foundation
and The Community Foundation of West Alabama.
Mr. Harrison serves on the Grants Review Committee. He previously served as Vice-Chair of the Council and Chair of the Council’s Grants Review Committee. Mr. Harrison served a two-year term as Council Chairman 2011-2013.
Mr. Harrison and his wife Kaye, who is an antiques dealer, have one son James IV,
an aspiring writer.