Clara Lieu

Clara Lieu is a critic in the Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies. In the past she has taught at Wellesley College, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, the RISD Illustration department and the RISD Printmaking department. For four years she was director of the Jewett Art Gallery at Wellesley College.

Lieu’s work has been exhibited at the International Print Center New York, Bromfield Gallery, the Currier Museum of Art, the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, the RISD Museum, the Herter Gallery at University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts and the Danforth Museum of Art.

Academic research/areas of interest

Lieu explores themes of mental illness with an interdisciplinary approach that includes drawing, printmaking, sculpture and digital media. She is obsessed with the human face and its infinite capacity for extreme emotional expression. Her project Falling is a visualization of her personal experience with depression and anxiety articulated through 50 self-portrait drawings and 50 self-portrait sculptures.

Fall 2017 Courses

  • PRINT-4650-01 Relief I Projects
  • PRINT-4622-01 Senior Print Workshop: Seminar
  • BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
  • MFA, New York Academy of Art


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