Ann Clarke

School of Art

Associate Professor Emerita, Studio Arts
VPA Dean Emerita

Ann Clark portrait.

Comstock Art Facility
1075 Comstock Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-5050

Ann Clarke has an extensive background as a higher education administrator and faculty member as well as a professional artist. She served as dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts from March 2008 to June 2016.

She joined VPA in 1998 as a faculty member in fiber arts/material studies, served as chair of the Department of Art from 2005-07, and was named the college’s associate dean of the visual arts in 2007. Dean Clarke has exhibited her work internationally, including at the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, N.J.; gallery gen in New York City; Dongshin University in South Korea; and the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse. In her studio, Two Sticks Knitting, she creates one-of-a-kind art to wear, including coats, hats, and wall hangings. Her work is featured in many private collections and has been published extensively. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and printmaking from the University of Michigan and a master of fine arts degree in textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design.


  • M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design
  • B.F.A. University of Michigan

Gallery Representation

  • Julie Artisans’ Gallery, New York, N.Y.
  • Gayle Willson Gallery, Southampton, N.Y.
  • Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Peters Valley Craft Center Gallery, Layton, N.J.
  • Eureka Craft Gallery, Syracuse

Selected Exhibitions

  • Embellished: A Celebration of Wearable Art, Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fla.
  • Seams: Contemporary Art to Wear, Curator: Joanie San Chirico, Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, N.J.
  • Annual Faculty Exhibition, Sally D. Francisco Gallery, Peters Valley Craft Center Gallery, Layton, N.J.
  • Woolen Magic, Curator: Yoshiko Wada, Gallery Gen, New York, N.Y.
  • Under One Roof Reprise, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse
  • Fiberart International Exhibition of Contemporary Fiber Art, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh; catalogue; second place award
  • Traveling exhibition to The Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, N.C. 2008, the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia, Charleston, W.V.
  • 6th Annual Wearable Art Exhibition, Hoogland Art Center, Springfield, Ill.; internationally curated
  • Materials: Hard and Soft Exhibition, The Meadows Gallery, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, Texas; catalogue, Juror’s Award
  • Art to Wear, Peters Valley Craft Center Gallery, Layton, N.J.
  • Wearable Expressions International 2005/2006, Palo Verdes Art Center Beckstrand Gallery, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif
  • Colored Threads/Art to Wear XVI, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • DaDa Domestique, Cazenovia College Art Gallery, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, N.Y.
  • Colored Threads/Art to Wear XV, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Missing Pieces, Rochester Contemporary, Rochester, N.Y.
  • The 5th Gwangju Bienniale International Art to Wear Exhibition: A Grain of Dust, A Drop of Water – From Creation to Disappearance, Dongshin University, Naju, Chonnam, Republic of Korea; catalogue
  • Under One Roof, SOHO20, New York, N.Y.
  • Convergence/Divergence, Goldstein Museum of Design, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Narrative Structures, Rosefsky Memorial Art Gallery, SUNY Binghamton, Binghamton, N.Y.
  • Wearables Exhibition, Peters Valley Craft Center Gallery, Layton, N.J.
  • Material Evidence: Clay, Fiber and Glass work by Erika Carter, Ann Clarke, Elizabeth Lyons and Rich Hirsch, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, N.Y.

Selected Publications

  • Leahy, Ellen, “Everson’s ‘Under One Roof Reprise’ is worth a special visit this week,” Syracuse City Eagle, January 10 to 16, 2008, Vol. 5, Issue 2 Rushworth, Katherine, “Under One Roof Reprise,” The Post Standard-STARS, Sunday, October 7, 2007, page 15
  • Cox, Jay, “Celebrating the Creative Spirit,” Syracuse University Magazine, Winter 2005-06, Volume 22, Number 4, pg 64.
  • Kan, Moon-ja ed., Gwangju Biennale 2004 International Art to Wear Exhibition Catalogue, September, 2004, Gwangju, Korea, pgs 16 &17
  • Blust, Erica, “Girl Power,” Chimes, the Magazine of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, Spring 2004, pp. 22 –25
  • Fletcher, Tanya, “The Art of the Field Trip,” Syracuse University Magazine, Fall 2004, Volume 21, Number 3, pgs. 8 & 9
  • Rushworth, Katherine, “When Fine Art Meets Craft Work,” The Post-Standard, Sunday, October 10, 2004
  • Fiber Arts Design Book 7
  • Fiberarts Book of Wearable Art, ed. Katherine Aimone, Sterling Publishing, Lark Books, 2001/2002.
  • Keith, Holly, “The Sound of Two Sticks Knitting,” Surface Design, Spring 2002.


  • 2006, Partners for Art Education, art$TART grant, Intimate Apparel Project with Nottingham High School and Drama Department, Syracuse University
  • 2005, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Crafts
  • 2004, Vision Fund Award Recipient for Poster Project: Service Learning, Learning Disability Studies and the Arts
  • 2002, Special Opportunity Stipend, Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts, NYFA
  • 2001, Cultural Resource Council Community Arts Program, Individual Artist Grant Senator A. DeFrancisco Arts and Cultural Grant Program

Community Art Projects

See what is possible poster project with the learning disability association of central New York and the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse: 2006 2004-2006

The children produced artwork inspired by the museum collections, and utilizing Photoshop projected onto a screen, we designed individual postcards for the children. From this work, I designed a collaborative poster, which was printed by the Everson Museum of Art for use by the Museum and the Learning Disability Association of CNY.

Dreamworks: 2004

Produced a poster for Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute’s Museum of Art in Utica, N.Y., in collaboration with the Learning Disability Association of Mohawk Valley utilizing digital technology.

Mapping a Community: 2002 2001-2002

Artist-in-residence at Fowler High School, Syracuse City School District. Sponsored by the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Produced a site-specific piece of artwork, working with a group of 20 high school students that addresses issues specific to the community.

Connected Voices: 2001 2000-2001

Connected Voices Sculptural piece produced in collaboration with the families of Down syndrome children. Project sponsored by the Down Syndrome Association of Central New York and the New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco arts and cultural grant program.

Lectures, Panels and Workshops

  • 2008 , Textile Study Group of New York, New York, N.Y.
  • 2007 , Panelist, Low Residency MFA Programs, NASAD 63rd annual meeting, Kansas City, Mo.
  • 2006 , Visiting artist, Oswego’s Summer Art Institute, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, N.Y., Experimental Knitting, Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, N.J.
  • 2005, Lecture, Hazard Public Library, Onondaga County, NYFA Artist and Audience Exchange Program, “Knit Night,” talk in conjunction with Fashion in Film Exhibition, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, “Most People Don’t Go to College to Learn to Knit,” Weavers Guild of Rochester, N.Y.