About

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Claire Bloomfield is a contemporary artist originally from Nashville, TN. She received her BFA in Photography and Media from UT Chattanooga in 2014. Most of Claire’s work is inspired from studio extensions and hands on exploration. Using the scanner bed to cultivate paintings, she plays with paradoxes around holy and toxic natures. She came up with this idea after spending time at an internship in India and volunteering at Sundog Ecovillage in Montana. She was inspired by the modern food culture and ritualistic practices of the East. Her studio studies continued to deepen as a greenhouse orchid caretaker 2015 and a cave guide explorer in 2016. She was featured in Chattanooga Pulse’s, State of the Arts Issue, as an up and coming artist of 2016 and has won various awards. Claire is a curator and founding member of Shapeshifter, A Moving Contemporary Gallery based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has participated in several public lectures including a process and materials talk at Swine Gallery, AVA, and a public lecture at the Hunter Art Museum discussing “Making Opportunity” and “Examinations.” Claire currently serves as curator and videographer for Mineral House Media, a curatorial collective focused on the enrichment of personal practice through connection, analysis, and the elevation of working contemporary artists.

EDUCATION

2014     

  • BFA Photography and Media, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga,       Chattanooga, TN

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

  • Holy Mountain Holy Cow, Frequency Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

2016    

  • Cooking Up the Universe, Swine Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
  • SCAN, Luminara Collective, Chattanooga TN

2013     

  •  Give Me Life! Apothecary Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Tea and Ink, Apothecary Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

  • Installation Artist at Chattanooga Film Festival, Chattanooga, TN
  • Hunter Underground Smash And Grab, Hunter Art Museum, Chattanooga, TN

2017

  • Horizon: Contemporary Landscape National Juried Exhibition, Community Arts Center, Danville, KY
  • Examinations, Ava Association for Visual Arts, Chattanooga TN
  • Debut, LIT Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

2016   

  • Intermission, Swine Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Art + Architecture: The Wheelhouse Unveiling, Chattanooga, TN
  •  Prism Pop Up Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Gallery for a Night at Barking Legs Theater, Chattanooga, TN

2015 

  • New Year Exhibition, Luminara Collective, Chattanooga, TN

2014     

  • Senior Student Exhibition, George C. Cress Gallery, University of Tennessee at   Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Annual Juried Student Exhibition, George C. Cress Gallery, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Inconspicuous, Apothecary Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

2013

  •  Soundcrawl, Kalosis Premiere, Tim Hicks collaboration, The Brick Factory, Nashville, TN
  •  Feedback, Tanner Hill Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Small Works, 301 Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

2012 

  •   Touch, Apothecary Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

HONORS AND AWARDS

2018

  • $1,000 Grant Recipient at Chattanooga Film Festival

2016   

  •  Best in Show,  PRISM Pop Up Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

2014         

  • Second Place Overall, Annual Juried Student Exhibition, George C. Cress  Gallery,  University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee           

2013      

  •  SGA Outstanding Senior Award, Photography and Media Department, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee

PUBLICATIONS

2016  

  • Featured in the PULSE  State of the Arts issue, Chattanooga, TN
  • Featured in Locatearts.org for “Cooking Up the Universe” Solo Show at Swine Gallery

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2018

  • Stove Works Artists Talk, Chattanooga, TN
  • Lecture Panel at UTC Alumni Talk

2017

  • Curator and founding board member of Mineral House Media, http://www.mineralhousemedia.com @mineralhousemedia
  • Examinations Lecture at AVA and the Hunter Art Museum, Chattanooga, TN

2016  

  • Curator and founding board member of Shapeshifter, A Moving Contemporary Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Making Opportunity Public Lecture, Hunter Art Museum, Chattanooga, TN
  • Artist Lecture, Swine Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Special Guest on the Art Beat of Chattanooga, Radio Show, Chattanooga, TN

CURATED EXHIBITIONS

2018

  • Shapeshifter at Ava Association for Visual Arts: Telephone Group Exhibition + artist talk

2017

  • Shapeshifter Mainx24 Gallery Hop at Chattanooga Choo Choo: Myles Freedman, Carrie Pendergrass
  • Shapeshifter at Donut Darlings: Brianna Bass and Noah Kocher + artist talk
  • Shapeshifter at Apothecary Gallery: Kirby Miles and Carina Pearson
  • Shapeshifter at Inspire Chiropractic: Michael Largent and Catlin Dickens

2016

  • Shapeshifter Mainx24 Gallery Hop at Estate of Confusion: Laura Little
  • Shapeshifter Gallery Hop at Estate of Confusion: Mark Leamon, Brian Giwojna, and Heath Montgomery
  • Shapeshifter Debut Curators Show at Rev Chiropractic: Myself, Susan Fox, Rylan Thomson, and Andrew Neigh

CURATED MEDIA (Mineral House Media)

2018

  • Instagram Digital Residency: @mineralhousemedia (Monthly Instagram Takeover)
  • Mini Doc 1: Jonathan Rattner
  • Mini Doc 2: Elise Drake
  • Mini Doc 3: Eleanor Epstein
  • Written Interview with Carina Pearson

ACADEMIC INVOLVEMENT

2012-14      

  • Apothecary Gallery Committee, UTC Art Department

2014 

  •  Faculty Critique Interview Committee, UTC Art Department

RELATED EXPERIENCE

2016

  • Native American Studies at Firefly Gathering, Sweat Lodge Building

2015

  • Tour Guide at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, Geology Studies

2014-15

  • Plant Care Taker at Lines Orchids, Plant Studies

2013      

  •   Internship for GVI in Karla, India. Two months teaching art at orphanages

2012

  • Internship under Lakshmi Luthra, Photography 1 darkroom assistant, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Woofing at Sundog Eco Village Missoula, MT. Three week home stay, farming, composting, foresting, woodworking, yurt building.