Clare Finin

Dear William Morris… Yours Truly

Objects

Artist's Biography

Clare Finin is an artist, researcher, and non-profit hustler currently based in Philadelphia, PA. She holds an MFA in Metal/Studio Art with a graduate minor in Art History from the University of Illinois UrbanaChampaign and BFA in Metalsmithing + Jewelry with a minor in Art History from the Maine College of Art. Her studio work and research focuses on the intersection of craft and art, decoration, and memory.

Artist's Statement

As an artist I am curious about how we interact with and place value on the objects in our lives. Why do we impose human feelings towards certain things? How do they communicate with us through their materiality and decoration? My work investigates our cultural relationship with objects by pulling on the rich history of the decorative arts to decode the language of objects, and challenge the myth of history that they exist in.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2012
Heirlooms, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

Group
2016
[In]Tangible, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Juried

Master of Fine Arts, Krannert Art Museum, Urbana, IL

Flirtations, Building 5, Urbana, IL
Juried

ABC@WFG, Woodstock Framing Gallery, Woodstock, NY
Invitational

Obsession, Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC
Juried

2015
Context, Foundry Art Centre, Saint Charles, MO
Juried

Form, Forge, Fabricate, The University Museum, Carbondale, IL
Juried

Wet Hot Illinois Summer Vol. II, The Link Gallery, Urbana, IL

Adorned Spaces, Society of North American Goldsmiths, Boston, MA

VARiANT, The Link Gallery, Urbana, IL

Failure, Des Lee Gallery, Saint Louis, MO
Juried

2014
H&, The Link Gallery, Urbana, IL

Sans Hiatus, The Link Gallery, Urbana, IL

Unravel & Sophisticate, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Invitational

Art From the Heartland, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
Juried

2013
Small Worlds, Target Gallery at The Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA
Juried

43rd Mid-States Craft Exhibition, Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN
Juried

That Silky Smooth Feeling, Gray Duck Gallery, Austin, TX
Invitational

Art/Identity,Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
Juried

Reminiscential, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
Invitational

Mementos, Common Street Arts, Waterville, ME
Juried

Boomerang, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2012
BFA Show, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

Alloy, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA

Merit Show, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2011
BFA Show, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2005
Steel, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Publications

2015
Finin, Clare. "The Spaces In Between: Tamsen Wojtanowski's and Elaine Livingstone's Yard", Catalog Essay, NAPOLEON, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Finin, Clare. "On Being Young, or Criticality in 21st Century Academia", Art Jewelry Forum, August 2014

Publication of Work

2016
Sentimenteel Haar, Textiel Plus, February 2016

2015
Raben, Olga. The Contemporary Jewelry Exchange 2015

2013
Open House, Promotional Postcard, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

Art/Identity, Show promotion image, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA

Professional Experience

2019 - Present
InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA
Program Manager

2017 - 2019
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Digital Archives Assistant

2015
Metal Guild at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Fundraising Coordinator

Ongoing
Project: Digitize/Historicize, Wikipedia

2014 - 2015
Sienna Patti, Lenox, MA
Gallery Associate

Art Jewelry Forum
Research Assistant

2013 - 2015
Metal Store at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Liaison

2013 - 2015
Metals Guild at The University of Illinois, Champaign, Il
President and Treasurer

2014
Melanie Bilenker, Philadelphia, PA
Assistant

Teaching Experience

2015
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Assistant, Introduction to Furniture Design (studio)

2014 - 2015
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Teaching Assistant, two semesters, Contemporary Issues in Art (seminar)

2013 - 2015
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Metal Lab Assistant, four semesters

2014
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Instructor of Record, Metal 1 (studio)

2003 - 2005
University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA
Creative Jewelry Instructor

2000 - 2003
University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA
Assistant Creative Jewelry Instructor

Awards, Grants & Honors

2016
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Art + Design Graduate Event Travel Award

2015
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Creative Research Award

2014
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Creative and Performing Arts Materials Grant

2013
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
James Avery Fellowship

2009 - 2013
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Challenge Award

2012
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Artist to Artist Award

2011
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Endowed Scolarship

Associations and Memberships

Art Jewelry Forum
Society of North American Goldsmiths

Education

2016
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
MFA, Studio Art/Metal
Graduate Minor in Art History

2013
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
BFA, Metalsmithing + Jewelry
Minor in Art History

Extended Education

2016
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Knitting Social, Mark Newport
Random-Woven Copper Forms | Twining with Waxed Linen (workshop), Ann Coddington Rast

2015
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Leather Working for Jewelry (workshop), Adriane Donley

2014
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Tankards (workshop), Jeffery Clancy

2013
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Eyewear (workshop), Sungyeoul Lee
Enamel Under/Over Glaze and Decals (workshop), Jessica Calderwood

2012
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Goldsmithing (class), Gary Rowe

Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ
Cloisonné Enameling (class), Harlan Butt

2011
Portland, ME
Wax Carving (class), Kate Wolf

Main College of Art, Portland, ME
Drawing with Enamel (workshop), Barbra Seidenath

2010
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA
Non-Traditional Enameling (workshop), Troy Hines

2005
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Sculptural Steel Welding (class), Steve Nocella

Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Fine Metal Casting (class)