Claire McCauley named Artist in Residence at Morean Center for Clay

27 Aug 2019, Posted by Robin McGowan in ART Matters, Classes, Community, News, Press Releases

St. Petersburg, FL – Claire McCauley was selected from a field of nearly 50 artists from across the US to participate in the 2019-20 Artist in Residence program at the Morean Center for Clay, a Morean Arts Center facility for ceramic arts. McCauley, who will be offering courses and workshops as part of her residency, plans to take advantage of the variety of firings and clay techniques that distinguish the Morean Center for Clay.

Claire McCauley, a native to the midwest, grew up as one of five siblings. She found her voice in the visual arts, and pursued a BFA in Illustration from Northern Illinois University. Following graduation, she spent several years in Chicago at Lillstreet Art Center. Her work is heavily influenced by the time spent studying illustrative storytelling and the natural world.

McCauley’s class, “Narrative in Clay” will begin Monday, September 9th from 3 to 5:30 pm and will continue for 6 weekly sessions on Monday afternoons.

Her work is heavily influenced by the time she spends studying illustrative storytelling and the natural world. “I chose to apply to the Morean Artist in Residence program because of the number of opportunities available. I am excited to have the opportunity to teach and participate in critiques. There are many art centers that have only one or two residents, and being one of six, that means we have five other people to discuss process, critique and collaborate with! said McCauley. The move from Chicago to St. Petersburg is a big jump, but I have a lot of oceanic imagery in my work. Having the opportunity to be so close to the ocean is a welcome change. I hope to apply that influence to my work as it continues to grow in scale and complexity,” she added.

The Morean Center for Clay is the largest operating clay studio in the Southeast. It boasts over 48 professional ceramic artist working studios. The Center also has opportunities for the public to participate in classes and workshops and to support the artists in the retail shop on property featuring their works.

The Artist in Residence program at the Morean Center for Clay aims to enhance and further the educational experience of clay artists. During their time at the Morean they are encouraged to build their body of work, teach classes for youth and adults, apply to shows and participate in group and individual critiques. A solo exhibition serves as the capstone experience for the program, highlighting the concentration of the artist's work during his/her residency. Residency alumni have gone on to study at graduate school, to own and operate their own studios and have become professors at colleges and universities across the Nation.


About the Morean Arts Center: The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio and Hot Shop and the Morean Center for Clay. To learn more visit

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