As a sculptor Claire Lieberman uses both traditional and experimental materials such as Jell-O, alabaster, wax, glass, rubber and marble, as well as video and photography to create installations that trigger a sense of dislocation. As a printmaker, Lieberman explores formal aspects of her often ephemeral sculptural works. Juxtaposing solid and ephemeral materials with static and kinetic imagery, Lieberman creates a surprising reality where the solidity and rigidity of both image and material remain unresolved.
Claire Lieberman holds and MFA from Pratt Institute a BFA from Tufts University. Since 1996 she has had solo and group exhibitions throughout the US, including the Chelsea Art Museum, NY; Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, NY; Queens College Art Center, NY; Quincy Art Center, IL; and The LAB, NY. She has completed public commissions in Providence, RI, Milwaukee, WI and Salina, KS. Lieberman’s work has been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, the New York Times and Art On Paper.
Lives and works in Bloomington, IL
MFA, Pratt Institute, NY, with distinction, Pratt Circle for Outstanding Achievement
Fifth Year School of the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston, MA Fellowship
BFA, Tufts University in affiliation with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston, MA
UBDO Playground, Massey Lyuben Gallery, New York, NY
Clear and Present Danger, Hot Wood Arts, Brooklyn, NY
The Wave, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL
Warm & Fuzzy, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Crystal Clear, Queens College Art Center, Queens, New York.
Sugar Red Tail Lights, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL.
New York, Gebert Contemporary, Scottsdale, AZ.
MANIF (Manifestation d’art Nouveau International et Forum), Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea.
Poppies (large scale video/sculpture installation), THE LAB, New York, NY.
Art 20, Gebert Contemporary, Scottsdale, AZ.
Cool Desert, Hot Water, Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA.
Hot Pink Desert, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Naturally Artificial, Solomon Fine Arts, Seattle, WA.
Walking Through Jell-O, PDX Contemporary, Portland, OR.
The Strangeness of Beauty, Pamela Auchincloss Project Space, New York, NY.
Poppies, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Jell-O Dreams, Frances Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
Walking thru JELLO, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL.
Lifesavers, Kimura Gallery, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK.
Walking thru JELLO, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, publication (color ill.).
Targets & Pools, Montserrat College of Art Gallery, publication (ill.)
Water-fall, courtyard installation at Trinity Church, New York, NY.
Cores & Maps, New York Studio School Gallery, New York, NY.
Claire Lieberman, 56 Bleecker Gallery, New York, NY.
Claire Lieberman, Jayne H. Baum Gallery (two-person), New York, NY.
Claire Lieberman, vanStraaten Gallery, Chicago, IL.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Black Is Beautiful, Manneken Press, Bloomington, IL
Nevertheless, She Persisted, Manneken Press, Bloomington, IL
Cleveland Print Fair, Manneken Press, Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
Daydreaming, Massey Lyuben Gallery, New York, NY
Winter Collective, Massey Lyuben Gallery, New York, NY
Winter Collective, Massey Lyuben Gallery, New York, NY
Fall Collective, Massey Lyuben Gallery, New York, NY
I-Thou, Kimmel Gallery, New York University, NY
Mein Lieber Schwan, ACC Gallery Weimar, Weimar, Germany
Hot Wood Volume, Hot Wood Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
25/75 / The Silver + Diamond Jubilees / Then & Now, Queens College Art Center, Queens, NYC
Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, Manneken Press, Baltimore, MD
Food Lust: Shock Candy, Where Am I Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Art Now Miami, Oeheme Graphics, Miami, FL
E/AB Fair, Oeheme Graphics, New York, NY
Ten Years Hunting (The Trophy Room), Parker’s Box, Brooklyn, NY
Summer Selections, Denise Bibro Gallery, New York, NY
Summer Show, Gebert Contemporary, Scottsdale, AZ
Summer Sweet, Benarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
+50 Works On Paper by Gallery Artists, Gebert Contemporary, Scottsdale, AZ
New York, Gebert Contemporary, Scottsdale, AZ
Aqua Art Miami, Maneken Press, Aqua Hotel, Miami Beach, FL.
IFPDA Fine Print Fair, with Riverhouse Editions, New York, NY.
This Just In, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Surfactant, Rupert Ravens Gallery, Newark, NY.
IFPDA LA Fine Print Fair, with Riverhouse Editions, Los Angeles, CA.
Art Chicago, with Riverhouse Editions, Chicago, IL.
Artropolis ’08, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL.
The Food Show: The Hungry Eye, The Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY.
Flow, with Marcia Wood Gallery, Miami, FL.
Full Circle: Recent Prints From Manneken Press, Reese Bullen Gallery, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.
Pulse New York Contemporary Art Fair, represented by Marcia Wood Gallery, New York, NY.
Select Prints From Manneken Press, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
The Gun Show, curated by Donna Gustafson, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Branch, NJ.
Full Circle: Recent Prints From Manneken Press, Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA (scheduled for September)
New Prints 2006/Summer, International Print Center, New York, NY.
New Prints 2006/Summer, Mayer Museum of Art, Lynchburg, VA.
Toybox, benefit exhibition for White Box at Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY.
Aqua Art Miami, Lisa Boyle Gallery, Miami, FL.
EAB, Editions and Artists Books, David Krut Projects, New York, NY.
Over the Top, Under the Rug, SICA, Long Branch, NJ.
Art Chicago, Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Video 8, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
Sex Show, Amfar Benefit, New York, NY.
Eats, Shoots and Leaves, York Arts, York, PA
Drawing Conclusions II, NY ARTS Gallery, New York, NY.
Sweet Tooth, curated by Sarah Tanguy, COPIA, The American Center for Food, Wine and Art, Napa, CA, catalog (color ill.).
White Box Benefit, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY.
Up In Arms, Parker’s Box Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
Lucky Draw, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY.
Wish You Were Here, AIR Gallery, New York, NY.
Convergence XV, commissioned outdoor sculpture, Providence, RI catalog (color ill.).
25th Anniversary Selections Benefit Exhibition, The Drawing Center, New York, NY.
YADDO Variations, New York, NY.
sci + ART + tech, Hunterdon Museum of Art, NJ, publication (color ill.).
Flora Botanica, Belle Isle Conservatory, Detroit, MI.
RiverSculpture, outdoor commission, Milwaukee, WI, publication.
New York, Galleri F-15, Moss, Norway, catalog (color ill.)
Convergence IX, commissioned outdoor sculpture, Providence, RI
Splice, Gallery 200, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, publication (color ill.)
A Secret History, Stephanie Theodore Gallery (three-person), NYC, publication (color ill.)
Sculpture & Drawing, Kouros Gallery, NYC
Outdoor Works, Kouros Sculpture Center, Ridgefield, CT
OIA Benefit, Rosa Esman Gallery, NYC
Snug Harbor Sculpture Festival, outdoor sculpture commission, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, NY
OIA Benefit, M -13 Gallery, NYC
Lines of Vision, Drawings by Contemporary Women, travelling exhibition: Blum Helman Gallery, CW Post Gallery, book (ill.)
Lines of Vision, Drawings by Contemporary Women, travelling international version
Invitational, Virginia Miller Gallery, Miami, FL
The Life Force, Robeson Center Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, catalog (color ill.)
In the Making – Drawings by Sculptors, Sculpture Center, NYC
Claire Lieberman/Dale Emmart (two-person), AIR Gallery, NYC
Sculpture: Cogswell/Lieberman (two-person), P.S. 122 Gallery, NYC
Past and Future Monument, Jayne H. Baum Gallery, NYC
Subject/Object, 56, Bleecker Gallery, NYC
Marks of Time, Art in General, NYC
Drawing Towards Black, Jayne H. Baum Gallery, NYC
Art Against Aids, Jayne H. Baum Gallery, NYC
Sculpture magazine, artist’s project, September, vol. 15 no. 7, pp. cover, 16, 17
Imagination Zone, Salina Art Center, Salina KS (design and creation of an innovative, interactive parallel exhibition and education space)
Memorial to the Holocaust, outdoor site-specific, permanent commission, Milwaukee, WI
Buck, Diane & Palmer, Virginia Outdoor Sculpture in Milwaukee, Madison: The State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1995, pp. 4 – 6, book (ill.).
Brenson, Michael New York Times, City of Sculpture Under the Sky, 1991, review.
Capasso, Nick Sculpture, Convergence, vol. 21 no. 7, Site sec., September 2002, review.
Cohrs, Timothy Claire Lieberman – Sculpture, March 1988, publication (ill.).
Collischan, Van & Wagner, Judith K. Lines of Vision, Drawings by Contemporary Women, New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1989, p. 91, book (ill.).
Connors, Tom Sculpture, September/October 1994, review.
Cotter, Holland New York Times, Up in Arms, Weekend Fine Arts/Leisure, E38, Friday, March 21, 2003, p. 40, review.
Hirsch, Faye Art On Paper, January – February 2000, vol. 4 no. 3, p. 72, review (color ill.).
Kalm, James NY ARTS, Woke Up this Morning and Got Myself a Gun, 2003, review.
Loughery, John Women’s Art Journal, Lines of Vision, Drawings by Contemporary Women, vol. 11 no. 2, 1991, p. 53, review.
Mahoney, Robert ARTS, September 1988, review (ill.), p. 106.
Mahoney, Robert ARTS, September 1986, review (ill.), p. 126.
Nadelman, Cynthia Sculpture, Interrelated Parts: Claire Lieberman, December, 2003, vol. 22 no. 10, Focus sec., pp. 22 – 24, article (color ill.).
Palmer, Lisa & Rizzo, Bob Convergence International Arts Festival: 15 Years of Public Art, Innovation and Opportunity, Providence: Capitol Arts, 2002, pp. 12, 13, 32, catalog (color ill.).
Ramljak, Suzanne Sculpture, July/August 1990, p. 58, review (ill.).
Raynor, Vivian New York Times, September 4, 1994, review.
Raynor, Vivian New York Times, August 11, 1991, review (ill.).
Risatti, Howard Walking thru JELLO, 1999, Richmond: Anderson Gallery, publication (color ill.).
Ryan, Dinah ARTPAPERS, September/October 1999, vol. 23 – 5, review (color ill.).
Ryan, Paul Sculpture, November 1999, vol. 18 no. 9, p. 70, review (color ill.).
Page, Judith Sculpture, Up in Arms, January/February 2004, vol. 23 no. 1, review.
Schwabsky, Barry New York, 1997, catalog (color ill.).
Schwabsky, Barry Splice, Northern Illinois University, publication, 1994 (color ill.).
Serra, Rik Sculpture, March 2001, vol. 20 no. 2, pp. 66, 67, review.
Sturman, John ARTS, December 1987, p. 111, review.
Tanguy, Sarah Sweet Tooth, Napa: COPIA/Marquand Books, 2003, pp. 89, 104, 105, book (color ill.).
Weld, Allison The Life Force, Rutgers University, 1989, catalog (color ill.).
Yood, James: Ice Guns (book essay), 2012.
SELECTED AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS
The Arctic Circle, Territory of Svalbard
Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
Seaside Institute: Escape To Create, Seaside, FL
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA.
New Pacific Studio, Vallejo, CA.
Friche La Belle de Mai residency, Marseille, France.
Illinois Arts Council Exhibition Grant
Künstlerhaus residency, Salzburg, Austria
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts residency
National Endowment for the Arts ($15,000 project grant)
1992, 1990 YADDO residency