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Claire Stigliani, assistant professor of drawing and painting in the School of Art, recently received a $25,000 grant through the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters and Sculptors Grant Program. She is also in the midst of her first solo museum exhibition.

Claire_facStigliani is known for her mixed-media drawings that fuse together references to fairytales, autobiography, and pop culture to question current beliefs about femininity.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters and Sculptors Grant Program was established in 1993 to help painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality. The first grants were awarded in 1994, and the foundation has funded individual artists annually since that time.

The foundation currently awards grants to twenty-five artists through a nomination process. A panel then selects the awardees.


Stigliani’s exhibit, called Claire Stigliani: Half-Sick of Shadows, runs through September 4 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Wisconsin. For this exhibit, Stigliani rendered her luminous drawings as three-dimensional miniaturized sets, which she uses to create stop-motion videos.

Stigliani, who joined the faculty at UT in 2014, received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2010. She has participated in other exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison; the Dean Jensen Gallery in Milwaukee; RussellProjects in Richmond, Virginia; and the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in New York.