Claire Sherwood was born in Troy, NY where she spent her childhood exploring the gravel pits and concrete plant around her home. She received her MFA from the University of Maryland in 2003 and is currently an assistant professor and the Foundations Program Coordinator at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as, the U.S. Smithsonian National Botanic Garden, the Corcoran Museum of Art, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, and Grounds for Sculpture, in Hamilton, NJ.  Her work is included in the David C. Driskell Collection and the State of West Virginia Museum of Culture and History.  Sherwood has won numerous grants and awards for her work and in the summer 2006 received an artist in the community residence at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE.  While in residency, Sherwood worked with the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution creating a group installation/video with 15 woman inmates addressing issues of women's domestic spaces and non-traditional roles of women.  This project was sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of West Virginia, Division of Culture and History.



1975 Troy, NY

Presently lives and works in Huntington, West Virginia


MFA, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

BFA, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Grants, Awards, Honors

2006: Faculty Development Grant: College of Fine Arts: Marshall University

2006: West Virginia State Grant for Professional Development

2006: National Endowment for the Arts grant support for Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts Artist in Community Residency

2005: Faculty Development Grant: College of Fine Arts: Marshall University

2005: Award of Excellence: Purchase Award: WV Juried Exhibition: Charleston, WV.  

2004: ORBI: (Ohio River Border Initiative) Grant for Artist travel.

2003: Outstanding Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture: International Sculpture Center: Sculpture Magazine

2003: Finalist: International Sculpture Center Switzerland residency: awarded by the Aeschlimann foundation

2003: Alumni Association Award: University of MD: College Park: artwork presented to the College of Arts and Humanities

2002: Graduate Thesis Research Grant, University of Maryland: College Park

2002: David C. Driskell award/assistantship, University of Maryland: College Park

1999: Residency Grant: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Solo Exhibitions

2007  After Everything Else: University of Dayton: Rike Center Gallery: Dayton, Ohio

2007  ornamented: Arlington Arts Center, Meyer Gallery, Arlington, Virginia

2006  Vestigial: Delaware Center of Contemporary Art: Project Room

Wilmington, DE

2005  New Sculpture: The Esther Allen Greer Museum University of Rio Grande: Gallipolis, OH

2003  Claire Sherwood: Recent Work, Columbia Art Center, Columbia, MD

Selected Group Exhibitions


  • Claire Sherwood and Foon Sham: Birke Art Gallery: Huntington, WV
  • Majestic National: Majestic Galleries, Nelsonville, OH
  • Birke Art Symposium: Invitational Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Huntington, WV
  • 30 Artists think Yellow: Invitational: Taylor Art Annex, Charleston, WV
  • Faculty Exchange Exhibition: Bradley University, Peoria, IL


  • Oppidan Arts: Inaugural Exhibition: Morris Building Art Gallery: Huntington, WV
  • WV Juried Exhibition: State Cultural Center, Charleston, WV (catalogue)
  • WV State University: Collaborative Faculty Invitational Exhibition: Institute, WV  
  • Snowshoe Institute: “The Best in Human Endeavor” Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Summersville, WV
  • “I really want to see…” the best of DC/Baltimore: Invitational Exhibition, Gallery    Four, Baltimore, MD
  • “Existing to Remain” District of Columbia Art Center: in conjunction with NCECA (The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Invitational Exhibition


  •  Claire Sherwood and David Meyer: Mount Saint Mary’s University: Emmitsburg, MD
  • Summer Invitational: Radcliffe Gallery, Chestertown, MD
  • Sculpture and Video Installation: “Markings” Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, in conjunction with Baltimore Sculptors Inc. Frederick, MD
  •  “Diverse Works”: Alpan Gallery: Director’s Choice: Huntington, NY
  • “Flora” U.S. Smithsonian Institute: National Botanic Gardens, Washington DC
  • “Detour: alternate route” Stamp Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (Invitational)
  •  “Death” Area 405: Baltimore, MD (group Invitational, catalogue)



  • Sculpture Magazine: Outstanding Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture  

Exhibition: (catalogue) Juried by: David Collins, Director of Storm King Art Center, Tom Otterness and Susan Taylor, Director of the Princeton Art Museum) Grounds for Sculpture, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ

  • MFA Biennial Exhibition: Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts,

           Wilmington, DE

  • Three Generations: (group, invitational) Washington Square, Washington DC

Selected Collections

West Virginia State Museum: Division of Culture and History

David C. Driskell Collection


Workshops and Lectures

  • Visiting Artist: University of Delaware
  • “Art Salad” Lunchtime lecture DCCA
  • “Slide Jam” in conjunction with “Never Ending: Works by Women” exhibition: Huntington Museum of Art: Huntington, WV
  • “Passages” permanent outdoor wall relief made with area youth group “ArtWorks” Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington WV
  • Visiting Artist: Red dirt Studios, Mt. Rainer, Washington DC: casting cement workshop and slide lecture
  • Visiting Artist: Roark Center: Troy, NY: “Braided Identity” workshop.
  • Lecturer/Artist Talk: Mount Saint Mary’s University: Frederick, MD
  • Lecturer/Artist Talk: Rio Grande University: Rio Grande, OH


  • 2006: Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
  • 1999: Vermont Studio Center: Johnson, VT