Claire Stankus

Class of 2018

Tidy piles of studio scraps, flowers on the floor, puzzle pieces, and birthday cakes are recurring features in my work. I collect seemingly banal and discarded objects and paint my daily encounters with them; expressing that even a pile of junk is worth painting. While some paintings are made directly from observation, others start from photographs of quickly-passed moments. I use casual marks, flattened fields of color, and invented line and shadow to break down the recognizable into something ambiguous yet familiar. The remaining abstraction is where we may find unexpected humor or joy. I want each painting to become something odd or sweet and give viewers a second chance to spend more time with an experience they may have overlooked.


Claire Stankus was born and raised in the suburbs outside of Albany, NY and received a BFA in Painting at Syracuse University in 2012. That summer she was awarded a full scholarship to attend the School of Art at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY. Since then she has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT and at the Byrdcliffe Art Guild in Woodstock, NY. Her work has been shown in a solo exhibition at the Wilson Art Gallery at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY and most recently has been shown in group exhibitions at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL, the Ann Arbor Art Center in Ann Arbor, MI, and Viridian Artists in New York, NY. Claire is currently a 3rd year graduate student at the University of Connecticut.