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CLAIRE GIDDINGS

claire_giddings@yahoo.com

EDUCATION
2014
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University,
New Brunswick, NJ
Master of Fine Arts, Photography and Interdisciplinary Arts
Graduate Teaching Fellowship

2013
Penland School of Crafts,
Penland, NC
Still Photography to Video Course
Scholarship recipient

2011
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA),
Baltimore, MD
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Art, Photography & Digital Media Focus
Graduate Teaching Internship, Post-Baccalaureate Scholarship

2008

School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Illustration Continuing Education Course

2002 – 2008             
Art Students League
, New York, NY
Watercolor, Drawing and Painting Courses

2001
Pratt Institute, New York, NY
Master of Science in Communications Design
Graduate Teaching Assistantship

1998          
Wellesley College
, Wellesley, MA
Bachelor of Arts in Studio and Art History, French, cum laude
Advertising internships at Young & Rubicam in Moscow, Russia and Dibona, Bornstien & Random in Boston, MA

1997
Sarah Lawrence College in Paris Study Abroad Program
, France
Studio Art, Art History, French
With Courses at:
Parsons School of Design Paris, France
3D Design
The University of Paris – Sorbonne (Paris IV)
, France
Art History

PHOTOGRAPHY FOCUS
Fine Art, Digital, Abstract, Conceptual, Exploratory

PHOTOGRAPHY, DIGITAL MEDIA AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2012 – present    
Photography Instructor, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2013 – present    
Graduate Assistant to John Yau, Critical Studies in Contemporary Art Seminar, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2012   
Gallery Assistant to LaToya Ruby Frazier, The Galleries at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2010 – 2011    
Graduate Research Lab Technical Assistant
for Photography, Video, Sound and Digital Printing, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2011
Photography, Digital Printing and Framing Intern with panoramic photographer David Orbock and Full Circle Studio, Baltimore, MD

2011                   
Graduate Teaching Intern
, Imaging from Culture Course, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2011                   
Studio Writing Project Assistant
for Undergraduate Fibers Majors, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2009
Adjunct Professor, Integrated Advertising, The City University of New York, Brooklyn, NY

2000
Teaching Assistant to Elaine Petschek, Design Procedures, Pratt Institute, New York, NY

2000
Teaching Assistant to Scott Menchin, Illustration, Pratt Institute, New York, NY

1996 – 1998
Exhibition/Docent Program Assistant, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley, MA

PROFESSIONAL DESIGN EXPERIENCE
2000 – present
Freelance Art Director and Principal of Clairvoyant Design, New York, NY

2006 – 2008             
Creative Services Manager
, USA Weekend Magazine, New York, NY

2002 – 2006             
Art Director
, Reader’s Digest, New York, NY

2000 – 2001
Graphic Designer, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014               
Jersey Fresh
, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY
Aeolian, The Galleries at Mason Gross, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ

2013                
Stories, Memories and Histories
, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2012                 
First Year MFA Review
, The Galleries at Mason Gross, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ
Under Construction, Fox 3 Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2011
Diffuse, Milk & Honey, Baltimore, MD
The Seam, Fox 3 Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2010                   
Touchy-Feely
, Gallery 500, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2006
Small Works Show, Brooklyn Artists Gym, Brooklyn, NY
Portraits/Self-Portraits­
, Organization of Independent Artists Gallery, New York, NY

2004
The Art Show, 312 W 23rd, New York, NY

2003
GirlSalon, 269 E Houston, New York, NY
hyperbole ii, 302 Butler, Brooklyn, NY

1998
New Forms, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA

1997
Shifting Grounds
, Boston University, Boston, MA

LEADERSHIP/AWARDS/HONORS
SPE Mid-Atlantic National Conference Scholarship
Gold Hermes Award for Marketing Design
Three Graphic Design USA American In-House Design Awards
Member of the College Art Association, Society for Photographic Education, American Alliance of Museums, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Art Directors Club

SKILLS
Extensive travel in Africa, Europe and Central America, French fluency.
Computer: Creative Suite, Lightroom, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Flash, HTML, CSS, Final Cut, Premiere, After Effects, Microsoft Office, FileMaker, Exact Target (email marketing software)

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