Harry Reese has taught printing, papermaking, book arts, visual literacy, and media ecology classes at UC Santa Barbara since 1978. In partnership with Sandra Liddell Reese, he publishes limited-edition prints and books for their Turkey Press & Edition Reese imprints. Featuring handmade paper, traditional and experimental prints, innovative book structures, and collaborations with artists, poets, and writers, their publications can be found in major libraries, museums, and private collections. The Getty Research Institute purchased the Turkey Press archives in 1992.
Reese has received numerous honors, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. At UC Santa Barbara, he was chair of the Department of Art Studio from 1996 to 2000 and has directed the book arts program in the College of Creative Studies since 1985. Recent work includes Spine (2004) with Jud Fine for the Los Angeles Public Library and line drawings for The Secret of the Heart (2005) with text by David Roberts.