Claire Stankus was born and raised in the suburbs of Albany, NY and earned a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University in 2012. She has attended artist residencies at the Chautauqua Institution, Vermont Studio Center, and Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Claire recently earned her MFA in Studio Art at the University of Connecticut and is currently living in Salem, Virginia as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Roanoke College.