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Lisa Clague
2011 3rd Place recipient


Although the imagery in my work comes directly from my own dreams which, in turn, respond to very personal experiences. I must also acknowledge a debt to the surrealist movement. Artists such as Hieronymous Bosch, Frida Karlo, Louise Bourgeois and Hans Bellmer have been profoundly inspirational.

My hybrid figures have been influenced by prehistoric art, the “Great Mother” figurines from the Neolithic period, the animal-headed figures from the rock shelter of La Madeleine, and also the bird-headed Egyptian Goddesses and archaic Greek Kouros figures.


1980- 1982 Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH
1993 - 1985 BFA Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
1989 - 1991 MFA California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2010 Udinotti Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2009 Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC
2008 John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
2007 Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2004 Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC
2000 - 2003 John Elder Gallery, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

2010 The Human Form in Clay, Arrowmont School of Craft, Tennessee
2010 Ceramics Annual of America, San Francisco, CA
2007 - 2009 NCECA, Santa Fe Clay and Udinotti Gallery, AZ
2009 South by Southeast, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
2008 The Narrative Figure, The Ellipse Art Gallery, Arlington, VA
2007 Pursuing Excellence, The Center for Creativity and Design, NC
2006 National Biennial Ceramics Invitational, Parkland Art Gallery, IL
2006 3rd World Ceramic Invitational, Trans Ceramic Art, Korea


Sandy Besser Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico
John Natsoulas Collection, Davis, CA
Gay Schulman Collection, Sonoma, CA
Porter/Price Collection, Columbia, SC
Glen B. Hardyman Collection, Charlotte, NC
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
Macon Museum, Macon, GA
DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Garden, MA


2011 Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant, 3rd place
2005 NC Council Fellowship Grant
1999 Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant, 2nd place



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