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Avy Claire

Avy Claire

Medium mixed media

Website https://www.avyclaire.com



 1978 BFA • Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, cum laude

 1980-82  • Photography, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 


Residencies, Teaching, and Grants 

 2018        Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia

  2016        Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia

  2011-12  Visiting Artist, Environmental Art Class, The Pingry School, Martinsville, NJ

2010-11  Artist-in-Residence, Newforest Institute, Firehouse, Jersey City, NY

2008       Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME 

2006       Topaz Arts, Inc., Queens, NY 

2000       Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming 

1995       Artists in Community, Transformational Energetic Arts, Inc., NYC 

1978-79 Ford Foundation Grant, Carnegie-Mellon University -to develop Interdisciplinary Program 



Solo Exhibitions 

 2018        Frank Brockman Gallery • Brunswick, ME

2014        gWatson Gallery • Stonington, ME

2013        Gallery 525 • Ojai, CA

2012        June Fitzpatrick Gallery • Portland, ME

                 The Hostetter Art Center Gallery,  The Pingry School • Martensville, NJ

2009        Topaz Arts • Queens, NY

2008        Waterfall Arts • Belfast, ME  

2006       Topaz Arts • Queens, NY 

2005        Kellerher Fine Art • San Francisco, CA 

2003        Elan Fine Art • Rockland, ME 

2002        Pentimenti Gallery • Philadelphia, PA 

                Leighton Gallery • Blue Hill, ME 

2000        Barton/Ryan • Boston, MA 

2001        gWatson Gallery • Stonington, ME 

1999        Leighton Gallery • Blue Hill, ME

                 Clark House Gallery • Bangor, ME

1993        Wingspread Gallery • Northeast Harbor, ME

1992        Gallery House • Nobleboro, ME

1991        Leighton Gallery • Blue Hill, ME

1990        Concept Art Gallery • Pittsburgh, PA 

                 Leighton Gallery • Blue Hill, ME

                 1989 Wingspread Gallery • Northeast Harbor, ME 

1987        The Knitting Factory •  NYC

                 MoMing Gallery • Chicago, IL



Group Exhibitions 


2022     Cynthia Winings Gallery, Blue Hill, ME

2021     Cynthia Winings Gallery, Blue Hill, ME

2020     Cynthia Winings Gallery, Blue Hill, ME

2018     Drawing Part II:The Other Day, Engine, Biddeford, ME

2018     Cynthia Winings Gallery, Blue Hill, ME

2017     Wise Blood, Paradice Palase, Brooklyn, NY

             Visual Impressions, Cynthia Winings Gallery, Blue Hill, ME

2016     Abstract Artistry, Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME

             Plenty, Cynthia Winings Gallery, Blue Hill, ME

2015     Messages, The Blue Hill Public Library, Blue Hill, ME

2014     Yearning Upwards, The Painting Center, New York, NY

             Beneath the Surface, PhoPa Gallery, Portland, ME

                  Dreaming Gardens, Suffolk University Gallery, Boston, MA

                   Making a New Whole, Univ. of New England Gallery, Portland, ME

2013     Hawk & Handshaw: Twenty Who Know the Difference, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine

                  Maine Environment Art & Design, Maine Farmland Trust, Belfast, ME

2012     Tidal, Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME

                  Scratching the Surface, 3- person, Rome, Italy and London, England

             Naturally, 3-person show, Marymount Manhattan College, NYC

             Hidden Gems of Contemporary Art, London, England

2011     Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland, ME

2010     Shifting Terrain, Woodstock Byrdcliff Guild, Woodstock, NY

             Arboreal: 4 Artists, Arsenal Gallery, Central Park, NYC  

2009     H2O Film on Water Redux,  Cynthia Reeves Gallery, NYC

             H2O Film on Water,  Great River Arts, The Newport Mill, Newport, NH


2008        First Traces, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME

               Natural Routes, Aucosisco Gallery, Portland, ME

 2006     Landscapes Reassembled, Omni Gallery, Uniondale, NY 

 2006     Expanse, Studio 12N, NYC 

 2002     Plugged In, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME 

 2001     Introductions, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 

               Matrix, Clark University, Worcester, MA 

1998      Seasons of Change: Maine Women Artists and Nature, Westbrook College, Portland, ME 

 1995     Maine Abstract Art, 1995, Danforth Gallery, Portland, ME 

 1993     Sacred Spaces, Icon Gallery, Brunswick, ME 

               Paint!,  Jewitt Gallery, The University of Maine, Augusta, ME 

               On The Edge: 40 Years of Painting in Maine, Portland Museum of Art,  Portland, ME 

1992      The Belly Project,  Frick Gallery • Belfast, ME

               Celebrating Our Earth,  Wingspread Gallery • Northeast Harbor, ME



1991      Seascapes,  Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME

               17 Maine Women Artists,  Gallery House, Nobleboro, ME

               Spruce Point III, Spruce Point, Boothbay Harbor, ME

               Endangered Spaces, Cry of the Loon Gallery, Sebago, ME

1990      Invitational Exhibition, Central Maine Power, Augusta, ME

1987      Carnegie-Mellon Alumni Show,  Forbes Street Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

1986      Old and New Photographs, Stooker Stikker Gallery, NYC






Little, Carl, The World is a Messy Place, Maine Arts Journal, Winter 2020


Schroeder, Nick, Upsetting the Natural Order, The Portland Phoenix, May 15, 2014.


Bush, William, Artists Renew our Perception, LA Weekly, Huffington Post, March 4, 2013.


E. Ashley Rooney, Green Art: Trees, Roots, and Leaves, published by Schiffer Books, 2013


“For The Trees”, Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability, vol.5, 2012, pp. 67-68.


Kany, Daniel,  “Marking Time: Drawings by Avy Claire, exercise in process – and subtlety” Maine Sunday Telegram, February 26, 2012


Kany, Daniel, Review: Drawing the Line at June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland Press Herald, October 16, 2011


Kany, Daniel, Review PMA Biennial, Maine Sunday Telegram, April 17, 2011


Beem, Edgar Allen, Review PMA Biennial, Maine Yankee Magazine, May, 2011


Jakimides, Annaliese, “Moving and Shaping”, Bangor Metro, Winter 2011, pp. 32-34.


McAvoy, Suzette, “Garden of Earthly Delight”, Maine Home and Design, May 2009, p. 71-72.



Reynolds, Jane, “H2O Probes Water’s Beauty, Turbulence”, The Dartmouth, August 4, 2010.

Anstead, Alicia, “Eat Your Art Out”, Bangor Daily News, July 25, 2006.


Strauss, R.B., “Avy Claire Paintings Floating Above the Endless Sea”, The Kennett Paper,      December 11, 2002.


Fox, Nicols, Review, Wingspread Gallery, The New Art Examiner, November, 1992.


Lincoln, Nan, Review, The Bar Harbor Times, June 21, 1990


Lincoln, Nan, Review, The Bar Harbor Times,  July 27, 1989