Claire Owen

Claire Owen

    Contact Information

    claireowenartist@gmail.com

    Phone: (215) 849-7863

    http://www.claireowenart.com/

    Recent Works

    Artist's Biography

    After earning a BFA in illustration and a MFA in printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology, Owen moved to Philadelphia where she has worked in paintings and book arts. She taught foundations at Tyler School of Art, and book arts at Drexel University. Her limited edition artist books held in numerous museum and library collections including The Metropolitan Museum, NYC, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The Getty Center, Library of Congress. She has exhibited paintings in Philadelphia, and at A.I.R Gallery in Chelsea and Brooklyn NY. More of her work can be seen at www.claireowenart.com. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband.

    Artist's Statement

    My work explores cautionary tales once told to children, fairy tales that have settled into our collective imagination. We nod with recognition at the twist of fear in the child lost in the forest. We admire the cunning children use to see themselves safely away from the predator’s jaw. I explore the relationship between human and animals outside of the one we have with our domestic companions, our pets. I often use the forest as a setting for these possible narratives, and as a character itself. From European folk tales to contemporary literature, the forest remains in our imagination a place where the real and fabled intersect. My work is inspired by the poetry of William Butler Yates, the writing of Angela Carter, and the painting of Edward Hopper.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2008 - 2009
    From under a darkened sky, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

    1999
    between shadowed walls, the forest tilts, Nexus Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia, PA

    1997
    1999
    through a window in the forest wall, Nexus Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia, PA

    Group
    2020
    Bartram's Garden: in Words and Wood, Chicago Botanic Garden, Lenhardt Library, Chicago, IL

    2019
    Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

    2018
    Drawings and Paintings with Poems by M. Castleberry, Bright Hill Press Word and Image Gallery, Treadwell, NY

    Annual Juried Exhibition, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Honorable Mention

    2014 - 2017
    Bartram Boxes Remix, Center for Art in Wood and Bartram's Garden, Philadelphia, PA

    2012
    `Rare Seeds, Creative Harvest, Lenhardt Library, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, IL

    2011 - 2012
    The Decorated Book; Continuing a Tradition, Philadelphia Athenaeum, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition, National

    2011
    The Book: A Contemporary View, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

    2010
    Building by the Book, Philadelphia Athenaeum, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition, National

    2008
    Fantastical Imaginings, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE
    Juried Invitational

    2007
    Made out of the Ordinary, National Members Exhibition, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

    2006
    Awards Painting Exhibition, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA
    Tobeleah Wechsler Memorial Award

    Art of the Book, Canadian Book Arts Guild, Toronto, Canada

    2004
    Art of the Book, Canadian Book Arts Guild, Toronto, Canada
    Invitational exhibition of fine press books

    2003
    Insomnia, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
    National Invitational

    2002
    Challenge Exhibition 3, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

    2001
    Altered Egos, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational Exhibition

    Teaching/Lecturing

    2019
    "Artists and Beasts: Why Animals?", Getty Museum Lecture Hall
    Part of a three-person discussion of how and why Artists use animals in their imagery

    Artist Talk in conjunction with Bartram's Garden: In Words and Wood, with poet Beth Feldman Brandt, Chicago Botanical Garden, Chicago, IL

    1987 - 2016
    Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
    Media Art Department: elective course for Junior and senior design students, "Bookmaking”
    Course explores the handmade book as an art and design format including binding structures and word/image/page relationships

    2009 – 2015
    Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Foundation Department: 2D Foundation course for freshmen, fall and spring semester

    Awards

    2018
    Annual Juried Exhibition, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Honorable Mention

    2013
    Artist in Residence, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy

    2006
    Awards Painting Exhibition, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA
    Tobeleah Wechsler Memorial Award

    2002
    Independence Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship

    2001
    Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge Exhibition

    1991
    Artist in Residence, British American Arts Council, Travel Grant to the UK

    1987
    Philadelphia-Tainjin Artist Travel Grant, City of Philadelphia, Office Art and Culture

    Collections

    Partial listing: Book work
    Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
    The Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, Germany
    The Library of Congress, Washington, DC
    Yale University, Sterling Library, Art of the Book Collection, New Haven, CT
    National Gallery, Washington, DC
    Princeton University, Firestone Library, Princeton, NJ
    Harvard University, The Fine Arts Library and The Houghton Library, Boston, MA
    The New York Public Library, Spencer Collection and Special Collections, New York, NY
    Library of Congress, Washington DC
    The Getty Research Center for the Arts and Humanities, Santa Monica, CA
    Smith College Library Rare Book Room, Northampton, MA
    Columbia University, Lowe Library, New York, NY
    Trinity College, Watkinson Library, Hartford, CT
    Swarthmore College, McCabe Library, Swarthmore, PA
    Wellesley College, Special Collections, Wellesley, MA
    Temple University, Paley Library, Philadelphia, PA

    Education

    Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York
    BFA in Illustration, MFA Printmaking