Discipline: Visual Art – sculpture

Claire Lieberman

Discipline: Visual Art – sculpture
Region: Bloomington, IL
MacDowell fellowships: 1981, 1985, 2022

Sculptor and installation artist Claire Lieberman makes, “anxious objects in black marble, toy guns in glass, and related prints to consider exchanges of play and power.”

Her sculpture has been featured in many solo shows at venues including Massey Klein Gallery, THE LAB, and Hot Wood Arts in New York; Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta; the Seoul Art Center in South Korea; Gebert Contemporary in Phoenix; Solomon Fine Art in Seattle; PDX Gallery in Portland; Martin Art Gallery at Muhlenberg College; and Kimura Gallery at the University of Alaska. She has participated in group shows in places such as mudac museum and Forum Schlossplatz in Switzerland, ACC Galerie Weimar in Germany, and Parker’s Box, Denise Bibro, Chelsea Art Museum in NY, and shows frequently around the country with Manneken Press and Oehme Graphics.

Lieberman’s work has been written about in The New York Times, Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Vasari 21, ArtCritical, Artist Studio, and in the book Camouflage published by the Imperial War Museum of London. Images of her sculpture and photography are in a new book Loaded: Guns in Contemporary Art (Schiffer 2022). There is a new interview with Lieberman in the August 2022 edition of Sculpture magazine.

During her 2022 MacDowell Fellowship, she carved black marble sculptures and made drawings that consider conflict in contemporary culture – “playthings that have ‘grown up’ to haunt, provoke, attract, and delight.”

Portrait by Chris Blade



Claire Lieberman worked in the Firth studio.

Originally a working barn perched atop the namesake hill of Hillcrest Farm, this building was converted to serve the arts in 1956. A grand set of windows was installed to make the large interior suitable for visual artists, bringing in abundant natural light from the north. The addition of a screened porch and accessible entrance ramp…

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