Claire Sherwood was born near Troy, NY where she spent her childhood exploring and riding her bike through the gravel pits and concrete plant around her home. She received her BFA from Bowling Green State University and her MFA from the University of Maryland in 2003. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States in venues such as, the U.S. Smithsonian National Botanic Garden, the Corcoran Museum of Art, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Cornish College in Seattle, WA and Grounds for Sculpture, in Hamilton, NJ. Her work is included in the David C. Driskell Collection, the State of West Virginia Museum of Culture and History and the Huntington Museum of Art.
Claire Sherwood has received numerous grants and awards for her artwork and has consistently been involved with non-for-profit work. She has led numerous community workshops in various locations. In the summer 2006, for example, Sherwood worked with the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution creating a group installation/video with 15 woman inmates addressing issues of women’s domestic spaces and non-traditional roles of women. This project was sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of West Virginia, Division of Culture and History and The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art.
Claire is the Upstate NY Regional coordinator for The Feminist Art Project, (an international organization sponsored by Rutgers University) and works as an independent artist. She resides in Averill Park, living surprising close to the gravel pits she once rode her bike through to get to school.
Her website is www.clairesherwood.com.