I am Libby Clarke, and I have been making art since I could remember. My creative work led me to become a designer, an educator, and an arts administrator. I am gathering all these sundry tangents back under the aegis of Art Centered / Design Focused as I want to find all that I can that will be of value for my community.
Here is my full biography:
Libby (Sharon E.) Clarke is an artist, designer, and educator living in Maplewood, NJ. She received her BFA in Printmaking and BA and French from James Madison University and her MFA in 2D Design / Printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
As an artist, Libby has produced a series of multi-media conceptual products under the name Monstress Productions since 1996. In 2000, she was awarded a project grant from the NEA to produce the first major showcase of these, the Monstress Activities Box. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally.
Libby served the Director of the Studio School at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. She began teaching around New York City at FIT, NYU, AINYC, and GSS, teaching subjects such as web design, typography, drawing, and printmaking. She served as an Assistant Professor at the New York College of Technology in Brooklyn, New York. for five years. She has given lectures on her work at the Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, California State University, the Southern Graphics Council International Conference, and FIT. She works as a part-time lecturer at Parsons the New School and can occasionally be found at the Brooklyn Brainery.
Libby’s current focus is the use of haptic lessons to teach art and design students essential metacognitive skills. She started the EAT Lab with Dr. Xiaohai (Richard) Li to push her practice and research into whole new directions.
Libby served as the Publications and Information Manager at the Gowanus Studio Space. Professionally, Libby has worked as an interactive art director for over 17 years for such companies as Agency.com and Scholastic. She is an accomplished designer, producing websites, apps for phone and tablet, print pieces of all kinds, exhibits, and way-finding systems.
On a personal note, Libby is originally from a small family farm way back in the woods of Allegheny County, Virginia. She can clean and process a chicken gizzard faster than most people if need be. Libby was lucky enough to be a graduate of Stuart Hall School in Staunton, Virginia. She has had many day jobs including vacuum salesman, print puller, Chelsea nanny, caterer, face painter, veal farm worker, burger joint mascot, art handler, and telemarketer. As such, she has an alarming amount of anecdotes for just about any situation. She lives in Maplewood, NJ with her lovely wife, magnificent daughter, and Beatrice, their stalwart cat.