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About the Artist

Claire Cowie (Seattle) received her BFA in Drawing and Printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis in 1997, and her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington in 1999. She is locally represented by James Harris Gallery. Recent work includes an exhibition of sculpture at Cherry de los Reyes Gallery, a residency and exhibition at Henry Art Gallery, and a solo show of collage work at James Harris Gallery (as reviewed in Art Forum). Cowie was also awarded the 2004 Neddy Artist Fellowship from the Behnke Foundation and her work was featured in a 2004 exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum that highlighted work from Neddy Fellowship recipients over the prior ten years.

Claire received a 2009 GAP to cover materials and print studio fees required for producing a series of etchings. Claire intends on creating “Panorama War,” a series of six etchings that thematically and visually connect to each another as one panoramic scene. Claire wants to produce a small edition of prints that depict a narrative structure that is tied by a continuous horizon and repeated elements that incorporate as subject matter the perceived confusion of boundaries and the chaos of personal identity resulting from war.  Inspired by Goya’s set of aquatint prints Los Desastres De la Guerra and the nation’s current relationship with various global conflicts, Claire has returned to her original media of printmaking to achieve this new body of work.

Claire also received a 2000 GAP.

Read a special letter from Claire and her husband, artist Leo Berk, about the impact of supporting art at its source.

Update from the Artist: Claire's work was chosen to be in the King County Public Art Collection for their portable arts collection.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.