Claire Gilliam was born in England and has lived in the United States since 1999, recently becoming an American Citizen in 2017. In 1997, she graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK with a BA(hons) in Fine Art and completed the Professional Certificate in Photography at Rockport College, Maine in 2000. She has studied with photographers such as Arno Minkkinen and John Goodman, as well as master gelatin silver printer, Chuck Kelton and master printmaker, Vijay Kumar. She is an assistant for photographer, Barbara Mensch.
Her work has been shown in Europe and the USA and is held in several private and public collections, including The ICP Library Print Collection and the Goethe Institute. In 2014 and 2015, several of her works were included in a touring exhibition entitled “Embody:The Gender Issue” throughout several cities across India and Sri Lanka. She makes her home and studio in Warwick, NY with her husband, Eugene Lynch and two English Springer Spaniels.
Claire discovered Manhattan Graphics Center in 2014 after deciding to try etching again. (She'd done some printmaking during hee degree but hadn’t been in a printshop since, so she was beyond rusty!) She joined Vijay Kumar’s class, embarking upon a slow, challenging but exciting journey that has been vital in the evolution of her work. Going to the studio is the highlight of her week where she is free to experiment, take risks and learn from a great community of supportive and creatively-minded people