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Clare Kambhu is an artist and educator based in Queens, New York. In her painting practice, the attention she dedicates to commonplace surroundings of daily life leads to questions about the construction of our culture. Her current work focuses on the project of schooling and the ways in which our idiosyncratic humanness can break through within the constraints of educational institutions. She taught in New York City public schools for 9 years. Clare received her MFA in painting from Yale School of Art. She holds a BFA in studio art and an MA in art education from New York University. She participated in the Art & Law Program, Bronx Museum AIM fellowship, and apexart travel fellowship. Her work has been shown at the Katonah Museum and the Bronx Museum. Clare is currently an artist in residence at the Children's Museum of the Arts.

b. 1988



2018 MFA Painting, Yale University School of Art. New Haven, CT

2011 MA Art Education, New York University. New York, NY

2010 BFA Studio Art, New York University. New York, NY

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship for service and leadership

Founder’s Day Award for academic excellence


Solo Show

2022 Seating Arrangement, Office Space Gallery. Salt Lake City, UT


Selected Group Shows

2021 Bronx Calling: The Fifth AIM Biennial, The Bronx Museum. Bronx, NY.

2021 What Comes After, 601 Artspace. Online

2020 Open House, Elegran. New York, NY.

2019 Un-Museo de Raíces Movedizas, Governors Island. New York, NY.

2019 Reading Painting, Treasure Town. Brooklyn, NY.

2018 Tails, Next to Nothing Gallery. New York, NY.

2018 Signal, Katonah Museum of Art. Katonah, NY.

2018 Present Tense, Ottinger Room. Croton, NY.

2018 Way Out Now, Diane Rosenstein. Los Angeles, CA.

2018 Super/Natural, Artspace. New Haven, CT.

2018 Wild Seed, Yale University Green Hall Gallery. New Haven, CT.

2017 Reconstruir, Cooper. New York, NY.

2017 Radcliffe, Cthulhu. Brooklyn, NY.

2017 Feast, Yale University Green Hall Gallery. New Haven, CT.

2014 Branching Out, TNC Gallery. New York, NY.

2013 NY Artist/Teacher Show, Boricua College Gallery. New York, NY.

2011 Millennial Yell, Art for Change Gallery. New York, NY.

2010 Pigeons in the Grass, Alas, Monster Island. Brooklyn York, NY.



2021 Polymer Piety, SPRING/BREAK Art Show. New York, NY.

2020 Separated as though by a Pane of Glass, SPRING/BREAK Art Show. New York, NY.

2012 Dismissed, Art for Change Gallery (co-curated). New York, NY.

2011 (Dis)Located, Art for Change Gallery (co-curated). New York, NY.


Fellowships & Residencies

2022 - 2023 Artist in Residence, The Children's Museum of the Arts. New York, NY

2022 apexart Travel Fellowship. Montevideo, Uruguay

2019 AIM Fellow, Bronx Museum. Bronx, NY

2018 Art & Law Program Fellow. New York, NY


2021 Presenter, Art School Pedagogy Symposium. Teacher's College, Columbia University. New York, NY

2017 Race and Revolution Teaching Artist Panelist. Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY


2018 Signal First Prize, Katonah Museum of Art. Katonah, NY


2021 New American Paintings

2019 Four Strategies to Support Immigrant Students, Education Week

Teaching Experience

2023 - Present.  Adjunct Professor, The City College of New York. New York, NY

2022 - Present.  Adjunct Professor, Housatonic Community College. Bridgeport, CT

2019 - 2022  Art Teacher, The Clinton School. New York, NY

2018  Teaching Fellow, Yale Prison Education Initiative. Chesire, CT

2017  Teaching Fellow, Yale University. New Haven, CT

2016  Teacher Coach, NYC Department of Education. New York, NY

2015  Adjunct Lecturer, University at Albany State University of New York. New York, NY

2014 - 2019  Art Teacher and Art Department Chair, Pan American International High School. Queens, NY

2014 - 2018  Teaching and Advising Artist, Art and Resistance through Education. New York, NY

2011 - 2014  Founding Art Teacher and Art Department Chair, Maspeth High School. Queens, NY

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