Clara Lieu

I am an artist, an educator and writer. I spent 14 years in academia, teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design as an Adjunct Professor but became frustrated over the years with the lack of access to art education for so many and the stifling, elitist attitudes so prevalent in academia. In 2014, Art Prof felt like a “pie in the sky” idea, and it’s been incredible to watch our community grow over the years!

When I started Art Prof, I had zero experience with video editing and production, and today I am a one woman production studio for all of our video content. Art Prof is the most challenging, exhilarating, and inspiring project of my life, and I’m grateful to be able to share with you my love for the visual arts.

Artist Statement

Exploring the extremities of human emotion, I use the human figure as a vehicle for expression in multiple techniques in drawing, printmaking, and sculpture.

I have a lifelong obsession with the human face, and its infinite capacity for extreme emotional expression.

Through the lens of my personal experience, I seek to open and foster a dialogue about mental illness; not from an objective distance, but from the understanding and intimacy of shared pain.

Art Prof Clara Lieu
Art Prof & Partner

Super Power

Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture

Favorite Artists

William Kentridge, Sarah Sze, Alberto Giacometti, Käthe Kollwitz, Antonio López García, Barry Moser, Caravaggio, Sue Coe, Roz Chast,  Judy Fox, Medardo Rosso, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

Video Profile

Art Prof Clara Lieu explains her artistic journey, including her artistic development as a child to a teen, to her experiences as an undergraduate and graduate student, teaching in academia at RISD, SMFA, Wellesley College, and Lesley University, her studio practice and exhibition history as a fine artist to her recent transition to teaching art online via Art Prof. 


From 2007-2020, I taught as an Adjunct Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design teaching in IllustrationPrintmaking, Foundation Studies, and Painting. For 7 years, I taught at RISD Project Open Door, a free college access program for urban teens in RI in the department of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design and in the RISD Pre-College Program. In the past I have taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, at Wellesley College, and at the Lesley University College of Art and Design


I have done faculty training and lectures at Brown Universitythe RISD MuseumSimmons Collegethe Cape Ann Art Museumthe Fitchburg Art Museum, the National Art Education Association conferencethe Attleboro Museum of Art, and more.

Grants & Press

I have received artist grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Puffin Foundation. Art Prof has been profiled in Art New EnglandWBURHyperallergicTwo Coats of PaintWCVB-TV’s Chronicle, and Artscope Magazine.


I wrote Ask the Art Prof, an advice column for visual artists in the Huffington Post. I have written articles for the New York TimesEducation WeekArtist’s Magazine, and my artwork has been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry and in The Figure: Contemporary Perspectives. I was the Director of the Jewett Gallery for three years where I curated, organized, and installed both professional and student exhibitions. I have traveled to Guangzhou, Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, and Vancouver to lecture and teach workshops. 

Exhibitions & Collections

My artwork has been exhibited at the International Print Center New YorkBromfield Gallery, the Danforth Museum of Art, Mark Miller Gallery, the Currier Museum of ArtChilds Gallery, and the Davis Museum. My prints are in the collection of the Hood Museum of Art and the Barbara and David Stahl collection.

Studio Playlist