Claire Ashley, a sculptor and instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will be at NIU, Wednesday, March 28 for a talk at 6 p.m. in the Jack Arends Visual Arts Building, room 111.  The lecture is open to the public and free of charge.

Claire Ashley inflatable sculptureAshley’s work investigates inflatables as painting, sculpture, installation and performance costume.  These works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums and site-specific installations, performances and collaborations.

Among her upcoming projects include a site specific installation for MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) Jacksonville (Florida), an immersive environment for Boston Children’s Museum and solo show and performance for the Peoria Contemporary Art Center.  She’s also working on a wearable sculpture for “Dressing Paul” at SLOW Gallery in Chicago.

Originally from Scotland, Ashley is Chicago-based.  She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute and her BFA from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland.  She teaches in the Department of Contemporary Practices and the Department of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute.