Discipline: Visual Art – sculpture

Claire Lieberman

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

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

Her work has been featured in many solo shows at venues like the Massey Klein Gallery and THE LAB in New York, the Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, the Seoul Art Center in South Korea, and the Martin Art Gallery at Muhlenberg College. She has also participated in group shows at venues like the MUDAC Museum in Switzerland, ACC Galerie Weimar in Germany, and PDX Gallery in Portland.

She has been published in Sculpture magazine, Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Vasari21, artcritical, and in the book Camouflage published by the Imperial War Museum in the UK. Images of her sculpture work and photography are in a new book Loaded: Guns in Contemporary Art (Schiffer Publishing 2022).

During her 2022 MacDowell Fellowship, she focused on an ensemble of sculptures and 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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