Claire Kiester is a fiber artist, printmaker and educator from Chapel Hill, NC. She completed her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2021 and now resides in Charlotte, NC. Claire uses printmaking and crochet techniques to reveal embedded personal memories hidden in everyday objects. Her work champions accessibility, often featuring recycled materials. She works to educate and inspire young artists within the discipline of printmaking.
Her work has been featured in galleries and events such as The McColl Center, Frank Gallery, The Compound Gallery, The Charlotte International Arts Festival, and The LeRoy Nieman Center. Kiester was a part of the inaugural class of Project Protege. There, she worked with a group of emerging and established artists to create original work as well as curate an exhibition fighting for social change in her community. Her latest series is currently on view during her debut solo exhibition at the Sertoma Art Center in Raleigh, NC.
Kiester currently works as a teaching artist at Studio 345, an afterschool program for at-risk youth, and an artist in the greater Charlotte community.
2018 - 2021 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bachelor of Fine Arts 2014 - 2018 Chapel Hill High School
2023 Scaffold, Artspace - Raleigh, NC - Juried Exhibition 2023 Unconventional, The Arts Factory - Charlotte, NC - Juried Exhibition 2022BRUSHED, Compound Gallery - Emeryville, CA - Juried Exhibition
2022FRESH, Artspace - Raleigh, NC - Juried Exhibition 2022 Raconteuse, Project Protège - Charlotte, NC
2021 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Undergrad Exhibition, SAIC Site Galleries - Chicago, IL 2020 Imprints: Past & Present, Vacant Museum - Virtual Exhibition 2019 Art Bash, The LeRoy Nieman Center - Chicago, IL 2016 Rubbish II Runway, Frank Gallery - Chapel Hill, NC 2014 Arts Focous, The Arts Center - Carborro, NC - Juried Exhibition
2023Crispy, Uproar Festival of Public Art, Orange County, NC 2023!CON, Charlotte SHOUT! - Charlotte, NC 2022100 Tiny Things, Charlotte Internation Arts Festival - Charlotte, NC
2022 HUG Micro Grant (Helpful Unfettered Gift), Charlotte is Creative