Artist Claire Ashley received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), and her BFA from Gray’s School of Art (Aberdeen, Scotland). Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Ashley is now Chicago based. Currently, she teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Contemporary Practices, and the Department of Painting and Drawing.
Ashley’s recent work investigates inflatables as painting, sculpture, installation and performance costume. These works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and site-specific installations, performances and collaborations. Her work has been featured at venues such as DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA), Columbus College of Art and Design, (Columbus, OH), Art Gallery of Mississauga, (Mississauga, ON, CAN), the Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, IL), Bahamas Biennial (Milwaukee, WI), Art Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM), Rockford Art Museum (Rockford, IL), Arizona State University Museum (Phoenix, AZ), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Additionally, her work has been exhibited in Scotland at: The House for an Art Lover (Glasgow), gallerA1 (Edinburgh), and The Highland Institute for Contemporary Art (Inverness).