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Clare Johnson is a visual artist and writer, originally from Seattle. She holds degrees from Brown University and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Solo exhibitions include Oxford's North Wall, Bridport Arts Centre, Richard Hugo House, Storefronts Seattle, and London's Guy's Hospital, where her 35-drawing project about childhood asthma was acquired for permanent display. Publications include Blithe House Quarterly, Frogmore Papers, New Walk, Lumina, 14, Cranky, quiet Shorts and Poetry Northwest, with art in 40 group shows throughout the US and UK, including London's Jerwood Space. She's won the Michael S. Harper Poetry Prize and Pride in the House, a UK-wide competition for LGBTQ artists at historic Lauderdale House; her Post-it Note Project won a Seattle Magazine Best of 2011 for 'Best New Take on the Memoir.' As a teacher, she founded creative writing classes at Lauderdale House and at Cambridge University's Kettle's Yard, also teaching at Momentum Arts in Cambridge, and Richard Hugo House and Thrive Art School in Seattle. Recent honors include Artist Trust funding to expand a drawing series inspired by favorite books; the publication of Roses, a book pairing her art with Rainer Maria Rilke poems; and a 2015 Jack Straw Writing Fellowship to work on her book in progress Will I live here when I grow up.

Current Publications

Histories - Clare Johnson
In this podcast for Jack Straw SoundPages I talk with poet Kevin Craft about my work and read 4 pieces from my Jack Straw Fellowship

Recent Exhibitions

I Feel Both Ways
Virginia Inn, Seattle, March through April 2016
Solo exhibition of paintings and drawings

Gatewood West Seattle
Featured on the summer quarter West Seattle Art Walk poster
Ongoing, changing selection of art (including post-it notes and drawings inspired by literature) at the Gatewood Bed and Breakfast

Recent Publications

Rilke's Roses
limited edition, available now (purchase directly from me)
A set of 27 new drawings to accompany David Need's translations of poems by Rainer Maria Rilke (price $30, plus shipping/tax where applicable). Copies can be purchased at many of my current events, or by emailing me.

Poetry Northwest (Summer/Fall 2015 Issue)
13 commissioned drawings, reinterpreting poetry by Anne Carson and Emily Bedard

Jack Straw Writers Anthology 2015
Selections from my book-in-progress Will I live here when I grow up

Recent Honors / Awards

4Culture Projects
2015 Funding Recipient

Jack Straw Cultural Center, Writers Program
2015 Fellow

Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects
2014 Recipient

Selected Press

Writing Center Gets Written On
Seattle Review of Books, May 11, 2015

Started From the Bottom Now We're Here
Seattle Review of Books, October 23, 2015

Best of 2011 in Seattle
Seattle Magazine, December 2011 issue

Notes on Clare Johnson
Real Change, September 2011
My Post-it Note Project, exhibited in Barnstorm: The Cabaret Re-imagined and at Richard Hugo House, was the subject of a cover story in Real Change by Stacey Bridewell, and also chosen by Seattle Magazine for their Best of 2011 feature.