Stair-Gazing: Claire Sherman

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Stair-Gazing: Claire Sherman
Main Staircase
February 8 – June 14, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 8, 2 pm – 4 pm

Known for her innovative landscape painting, Claire Sherman’s Waterfall is a large-scale fragment of an Icelandic landscape. In this piece, Sherman utilizes an unconventional composition and directs the viewer’s gaze through a cascading waterfall. Placing the viewer behind the waterfall incites an increased awareness of the environment. Straddling the line between abstraction and realism, her painting creates an ambiguous sense of depth and only hints at the rest of the scene.  Waterfall provides a view of nature that is both intimate and sublime.

Claire Sherman received her B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania and her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has completed residencies at the Terra Foundation for American Art, the MacDowell Colony, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, and  Yaddo, among others. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at DC Moore Gallery, New York; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago; Houldsworth Gallery, London; DCKT, New York; Aurobora, San Francisco; and Hof and Huyser Gallery, Amsterdam, and many group exhibitions. Sherman is an Assistant Professor at Drew University and is represented by DC Moore Gallery in New York and Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago.


Stair-Gazing is a series curated by Katherine Murdock located in the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey’s stairwell.  The series highlights a single work by one artist.