Claire Sherwood was born near Troy, NY where she spent her childhood exploring the woods 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 as a David C. Driskell fellowship recipient. 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.
Working in non-traditional settings and within her own community is intertwined with Sherwood’s artistic practice. In the past, she has worked with the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution for six weeks creating a group installation/video with maximum-security inmates addressing issues of women's domestic spaces and non-traditional roles of women. This project was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of West Virginia, Division of Culture and History and The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art. She has piloted programs with at-risk populations in Huntington, WV resulting in permanently installed site specific sculptures and this summer she will complete a series of community based workshops in rural upstate NY.
Currently, Claire is a co-coordinator for the Upstate NY chapter of The Feminist Art Project, (an international organization sponsored by Rutgers University) and works teaching art at an Independent School outside of Albany NY. She has received numerous awards and grants, a few of which are, the New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant, New York State Strategic Opportunity Stipend, Southeast College Art Association Award of Distinction, Ohio River Border Initiative Grant, International Sculpture Center/ Sculpture Magazine: Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture. Claire Sherwood now resides in Averill Park, NY (surprising close to the gravel pits she once rode her bike through to get to school) with her husband, two children and her West Virginian mutt.