Tom Harmon is a multimedia artist who paints in watercolor, acrylics, and oils, and sculpts in clay. Harmon discovered his passion for teaching students with disabilities while volunteering at the Mississippi School for the Deaf. Harmon, who lost his hearing during his career as a teacher, has been the senior artist-in-residence for the VSA Mississippi Community Art Group for eight years and teaches a weekly art class of thirty-two adults with disabilities. Recently, he completed an oil painting workshop with Santa Fe artist Joe Anna Arnett and is studying with artist Bob Tompkins. Harmon, who has been fitted with two cochlear implants and is able to hear again, is excited to be a 2009–2010 VSA Teaching Artist Fellow and says he "loves the intellectual challenge of creating arts as well as the emotional involvement and satisfaction that comes with it.