Looking back, being born into a military family gave me a charmed upbringing. Always surrounded by different people and ideas, I became facinated by culture. What brought people together, what drove them apart. Why ideas catch on and how that changes dynamics within tribes. That insight from childhood has informed every decision I have made as a professional.
Studio Manager / ASVP Studio
May 2018 - October 2018
Brooklyn, New York
As studio manager, I handled communication between collectors, galleries, media, and vendors on behalf of the studio. In addition, developed marketing materials and strategy, coordinated trade shows and sold product, produced artisan level prints and developed an online sales strategy, while assisting on painting large outdoor murals and day-to-day screen printing operations and redesigned the website. --- www.asvp.nyc
Founder / Inkwell Design LLC
January 2003 - September 2018
Inkwell allowed me a place to test my theories on branding, marketing, design, and business management. Created in 2003, the company evolved into a magazine with RVA Magazine 2005, an in-house agency with Major Major 2010, citywide event company with Carytown NYE 2007 and Richmond Mural Project in 2012.
Founder / Creative Director, RVA Magazine
April 2005 - March 2018
RVA Magazine is the culture mag for the mid-Atlantic. A regional force with national brand recognition, we have been the go to source for cultural news out of Central and Richmond, VA for over a decade. I created the magazine in my studio apartment and was its creative director, print production manager, sales leader, and managing partner for over a decade. We produced 100 + printed editions, brought in several million in sales over that span and changed the creative brand for the entire city in that time. And I created the UX/UI experience of www.rvamag.com in 2017.
Coordinator, Richmond Mural Project
November 2012 - June 2016
The Richmond Mural Project has been transformational for the city. The 5 year project to create 100+ world class murals in a city with a growing but largely ignored creative community has given Richmond, VA instant international credibility.
Since its creation in 2013 to 2016, I assisted Art Whino curate the artists involved, secured sponsorships, designed the promotional material and coordinated with Richmond City officials to procure walls and gallery space.
"I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of movements – moments in time when small groups of people came together to pursue common goals. Most of us know about the Bauhaus, Cubism, the civil rights movement, the green movement and other movements that shaped our arts, our culture and our perspectives. I believe these movements happen and macro and micro scales all over the world. One such movement that has received deserved attention recently is the Richmond Creativity Movement. In a few short years, Richmond’s reputation has been transformed from a conservative town with deep divisions dating back to the dawn of America, to a forward-thinking urban melting pot, alive with arts, culture and innovation. There’s no record book that chronicles the small group of people who led the charge for Richmond’s transformation, but if a history of this movement were ever written, it would not be complete without a reference to Tony Harris. Though his work at RVA Magazine to his leadership with the Richmond Mural Project and so many other initiatives, Tony has been a tireless champion of creativity and innovation in Richmond. In a city where our leaders are trading in ties for tattoos, Tony Harris is a person you can count on to make things happen. And ‘making things happen’ is what movements are all about."
- Kelly O' Keefe
"Who would start a publication today? Honestly. That sounds like madness. But what Tony has created with RVA is not merely a publication. It is a movement built on the idea that the thriving creative community of Richmond needs a voice.
Successful people often have a myriad of skills, and Tony may be the only person I know fluent in both spreadsheets and full page spreads. He's a designer and creative leader capable of coaxing his staff to create publications that would make TASCHEN jealous. At the same time he can work with local businesses and business leaders to create cultural events celebrated city wide (and profits for RVA).
RVA is really a brilliant enterprise capable of influencing a city as much as the Village Voice or Austin Chronicle do in their respective towns. I stand in awe of what Tony has done with RVA and believe the city of Richmond is a better place because of his creative, cultural and capitalist sensibilities."
- Rad Tollet
formerly TBWA | Chiat
"Working with Tony to build Inkwell and RVA Magazine was one of the most exciting times in my career. Tony is unbelievably driven, and at times was able to grow the company by what seemed like sheer willpower and some great project management skills. He has an amazing ability to help local businesses see where they could use a creative spark and then reach into his network of arts people and pull together the right team. Richmond is lucky to have someone this talented and passionate working for the good of the whole community."
- Adam Sledd
"R. Anthony Harris is a street-level culture guru and consummate tastemaker. His juggernaut lifestyle media brands, RVA Magazine and RVAMAG.com, have redefined the cuisine, nightlife, tourism, even political, landscape of the historically traditional East Coast city, Richmond VA. Through his endeavors, he has turned Richmond into a vibrant mecca for artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs.
His leadership in his own companies plus his valued contributions to citywide events, festivals, infrastructure initiatives have gained him a seat at every table concerned with new, trending, and emergent counterculture lifestyle scenes. A mixture of refined taste, deep understanding of style tribe dynamics, and a flair for executing the impossible make him an indispensable asset, partner and advisor."
- Christian Detres
"Simply stated, Tony turns ambitious ideas that no one thinks is possible into success. As a supervisor, he provides an example in every capacity of his projects and then challenges his team to emulate his abilities. Front line, Field General, Commander in Chief. He's all of these things if he needs to be but he has no problem inspiring a fully capable and diversely talented team, freeing him up to lead. He is resourceful beyond comprehension and turns inspiration into everybody else's better reality. His expertise is multi faceted and he is unintimidated by challenges outside of his experience.
He's like Rambo. The only one crazy enough to pull off an objective against the odds when and where it is needed. He's succeeded from scratch in magazine publishing. That pretty much sums it up."
- Jeff Smack
Barber Martian Agency
"Tony gave me an amazing opportunity when I was a second year college student. Be a part of a brand new magazine and help get it out to the masses while learning everything you can absorb about the process. I definitely did. Tony was a great mentor in the field, teaching me much about the effort that goes into creating and publishing a great magazine. He was able to pick out tasks and strategies that specifically pushed me in the directions I needed to mature my skills. My time spent at RVA Magazine under Tony's direction is an invaluable part of my past and continues to drive my career forward."
- Peter Szijarto
The Boom Show