Selected Works / Exhibitions / Biography / Available Inventory

Claire Cowie
Born: 1975 Charlotte, NC
Lives and works in Seattle, WA


MFA 1999 Printmaking, University of Washington, Seattle

BFA 1997 Printmaking, Washington University, St. Louis

1990 – 1993 North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem NC

Grants and Awards

2010    City Artist Projects Award, Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs

2009   GAP Award, Artist Trust

Individual Artist Projects Award, 4Culture2005 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Nominated for: Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award

2006 Nominated for: Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant

2005 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Nominated for: Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award

2004 Neddy Artist Fellowship, Behnke Foundation Fellowship Award, Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission

2000 GAP Award (Grants for Artist’s Projects) Artist Trust

Solo Exhibitions


Passages, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

Claire Cowie: Panorama Drawing, Henry Art Gallery (Viewpoints Series), Seattle, WA


Travelers, SeaTac Airport, Seattle, WA

Pathways, James Harris Gallery, Seattle

Unreliable Source, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland

Dead Reckoning, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA

Pilgrimage, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

12 Views, James Harris Gallery, Seattle
Tree, James Harris Gallery, Seattle

Homunculi, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland
Snapshots, Clatsop Community College, Astoria WA

Claire Cowie: Homecoming, Center on Creative Arts, St. Louis
About Strange Lands, James Harris Gallery, Seattle

Village Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland

Land Escapes James Harris Gallery, Seattle

Flying Ladies of Leisure, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle

A project involving a residency, an exhibition of past work, an exhibition of new work
Stagings: Claire Cowie and the Monsen Collection Photogravures, Henry Art Gallery

A collection-based photo exhibition built around a series of recent photogravures
Still Life on Blue, cherrydelosreyes Gallery, Los Angeles

Stagings, James Harris Gallery, Seattle

Selected Group Exhibitions


Matched Makers, Museum of Northwest Art
Neddy Artist Awards: 20 Years, Pivot Art + Culture, Seattle
Unexpected Customs, James Harris Gallery, Seattle
Confluence: The Duwamish River Project, Columbia City Gallery, Seattle
Tunnel of Silence, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA

Chamber Music, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Happily Ever After, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, ID

Mirage, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
Wild/Life, Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA
Wild Kingdom, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Show of Hands, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA
Summer Selection, Gallery at Aspira, Seattle, WA

Light, Seeking Light, Western Bridge, Seattle
Century 21: Dealer’s Choice, Wright Exhibition Space, Seattle
Traces and Accumulations, Wright Exhibition Space, Seattle

Feral Nature, University of Texas at Dallas
Beyond Limits, Shenzhen Art Institute Gallery, Shenzhen China
Swallow Harder: Selections from the Ben and Aileen Krohn Collection Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

A Decade of Excellence: The Neddy Artist Fellowship Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma
Unexpected Watercolor Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Portland
Release/Capture Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland WA

Summer Group Show, cherrydelosreyes, Los Angeles

Crossroads: New Art From the Northwest, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle
Dancing on the Walls, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland

Multiplex, Bumbershoot, Seattle Center
32 Prints, Portland Art Museum, Portland
LAVA, Noodleworks Studio, Seattle (catalogue)
Introductions, Rental Sales Gallery, Seattle Art Museum

TRANSmogrified, James Harris Gallery, Seattle
Unbecoming, Soil Cooperative, Seattle

Intervals, Frames and Accelerations, Froelick Adelhart Gallery, Portland
Plaster: Means/Ends, Soil Cooperative, Seattle

2nd Annual Printmaking Exhibition, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland WA (juror’s award)
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Henry Art Gallery, U. of Washington


Amgen Corporation, Seattle WA

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA

4Culture Public Art Collection, Seattle WA

Henry Art Gallery, Seattle WA

Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Microsoft Corporation, Redmond WA

Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle WA

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA

University of Missouri, St. Louis MO

Artist Residencies

2003 Henry Art Gallery, Seattle

2000 Centrum, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend WA


2016   Artist-in-Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA
Artist-in-Residence, Museum of Glass, Tacoma WA
Artist-in-Residence, Nemhauser Lab, Biology Department, University of Washington

2015   NEPO 5K Don’t Walk, Tattoo Design, NEPO House, Seattle (Collaboration with Leo Berk)

2014   Illustrator for The Stranger’s Fall Arts Edition  link to image and essay

2012   Violet Strays, online exhibition  link to website

2010   Costume and set designer, Combattimento de Tancredi et Clorinda by Claudio Monteverdi,
On the Boards: Behnke Center for Performing Arts, Seattle (Collaboration with Pacific Musicworks and Seattle Chamber Players)

Professional Service

2004 – Present Board Member, Henry Art Gallery

2003 Visiting Artist for Youth in Focus, an organization dedicated to photography

education for under-privileged children in the Seattle area

2002 – 2003 Programming Committee Member, Contemporary Art Council, Seattle Art


2001 – Present Board Member, Seattle Print Arts

1999 Publications/ Catalogue Chair, Graduate Student Committee, University of

Washington, Seattle WA


Janet Koplos, “Report from Seattle,” Art in America, September 2005 (image)

Emily Hall, “Claire Cowie: James Harris Gallery,” Artforum, May 2004 (image)

Judy Wagonfeld, “An Artist Cuts up Her Old Works to Create Intriguing Collages,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 5, 2004 (image)

Suzanne Beal, “The Tiny, the Indeterminate and the Ever-Changing,” ArtDish, October 2003 (images)

Sara Krajewski, “Claire Cowie at the Henry Art Gallery,” Artweek, October 2003 Vol.34, Issue 8 p.26 (images)

Regina Hackett, “Henry’s fit to burst with its bounty of contemporary art,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 5, 2003 (image)

Leah Ollman, “Recasting Objects of Childhood,” Los Angeles Times, May 2, 2003 (image)

Emily Hall, “Framed in Los Angeles,” The Stranger, May 8, 2003 (images)

Sheila Farr, “Northwest Art Converges at COCA’s Crossroads,” The Seattle Times, March 28, 2003 (image)

Elizabeth Brown and Lisa Corrin, “The Mountain is Out,” Modern Painters, Autumn 2002 p. 47

Emily Hall, “In and Out of Context: The Secret Life of Tschotkes,” The Stranger, July 11-17 2002, vol.11 no.43 (image)

Rhonda Howard “Claire Cowie: River in Human Skin,” LAVA 2002 catalogue, Thread, 2002 pp. 34-37 (image)

Sheila Farr, “Talent of the Future Taking Shape,” The Seattle Times, Jan 11 2002 (image)

Regina Hackett, “Things Change: Art is Becoming in a Material Way,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Jan 11 2002

Sheila Farr, “Rethinking What’s Beautiful and Beastly,” The Seattle Times, June 22, 2001

Cynthia Rose, “Artist’s Work Highlights Life’s Essential Anarchy,” The Seattle Times, December 10 1999 (image)

Grants and Awards

2005 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2004 Neddy Artist Fellowship, Behnke Foundation

Fellowship Award, Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission

2000 GAP Award (Grants for Artist’s Projects) Artist Trust, Seattle

1998 Parnassus Scholarship, University of Washington

1997 Gonzales Fine Arts Scholarship, University of Washington

1995 Edmund H. Wuerpal Award for Printmaking, Washington University

1993 Washington University Scholarship

1992 John M. Ehle, Jr. Scholarship, N.C. School of the Arts, Winston-Salem

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