1981___School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Tufts University, B.F.A. Painting
2001___University of New Hampshire, Thompson School of Applied Science, A.A.S. Horticultural Technology
Awards and Grants
2011___Artist Entrepreneurial Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts
1999___Honorable Mention. The 13th Annual Omer T. Lassonde Memorial Juried Exhibition, The Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
1998___Honorable Mention. The Creative Hand II, The Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
1996___Bank of New Hampshire Award, Ann’s Garden, No. 12, 50th Annual Exhibition, The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2016___Debra Claffey: Paintings with Drawing, Galletly Gallery, New Hampton, NH
2012___Debra Claffey, Hole In The Wall Studioworks, Raymond, ME
2002___New Works, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston, MA
2001___New Works, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
2000___New Works, Southern Vermont Arts Center Gallery, Manchester VT
1997___Contemplating Still Life, Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
________Jazz, Gargoyle’s Restaurant Gallery, Somerville, MA
1992___ Improvizations, Arts Alive, Baystate Medical Center Galleries, Springfield, MA
1983___ Images from Another Medium, Painting & Monotype. Loading Dock Gallery, Boston, MA
Selected Two Person Exhibitions
2010___ Biology, Geometry, Morphology, Debra Claffey and Soosen Dunholter, The Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018___Elemental: Contemporary Encaustic, Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA. Curator: Maggie North
_______Organic to Geometric, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA. Curator: Carol Pelletier
_______71st Annual NHIA Members Exhibition, Sharon Arts Gallery, Peterborough, NH. Curater: Theresa Choi.
2017___Shifts, The Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA. Juror: Ben Shattuck
_______Down East, Saco Museum, Saco ME. Jurors: Catherine Kernan, Josephine Graf
_______Regional Exhibition 82, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA. Juror: Erin Becker
_______Buzz, Gallery Blink, Lexington, MA Curator: Gillian Ross
_______Alternative Wax, Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, MA
_______Black Tie (Optional), A Gallery, Provincetown, MA
_______Impressions, Gallery Blink, Lexington, MA
_______Chaos & Order, Hilles Gallery, New Haven, CT. Juror: Jennifer Gross
_______At Large, Great Bay College Art Gallery, Portsmouth NH. Juror: Annette Cohen
2016_______Square Foot Art Basel Miami 4, Projects Gallery, Miami, FL
_______A Small Show of Large Works, Great Bay College Art Gallery, Portsmouth, NH. Juror: Annette Cohen
_______Mark of the Brush, Castle Hill Gallery, Truro, MA. Juror: Christine McCarthy
_______Nº10 Invitational, Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA
_______Vision and Verse, University of New England Art Gallery, Portland, ME. Juror: Anne Zill
_______Beneath the Surface, Saco Museum, Saco, ME. Juror: Ron Crusan
_______Selections: Winners from the 2015 Library Arts Center Juried Regional Exhibition, Newport, NH
_______Square Foot Art Basel Miami 3, Winwood Gallery, Miami, FL
2015___Chaos and Order: Contemporary Encaustic by New England Wax, River Tree Center for the Arts, Kennebunk, ME. Juror: Anne Zill
_______Force of Nature: Exploring the Power of the Feminine, Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH. Juror: Judith Brodsky
_______One + One, A Gallery Art, Provincetown, MA
_______ Library Arts Center Juried Regional Exhibition, Newport, NH
_______Mapping: Finding a Way, http://evansencaustics.blogspot.com. Curator: Hylla Evans
2014___Transformations, Sharon Arts, Peterborough, NH Juror: Kaveh Motjabai
_______Breaking Boundaries, Fountain Street Fine Art, Framingham, MA. Jurors: Sara Zela, Lauren O’Neal.
_______Love, Lust and Desire VI, McGowan Fine Art, Concord, NH
2013___Material Matters, Lewis Gallery, Portland, ME
_______Red, A Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Juror: Marian Peck
_______Seven, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill Gallery, Truro, MA Juror: Shawn Hill
_______Biennial, Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, Rochester, NH,Juror: A.B. Miner
_______Growl, Karl Drerup Gallery, Plymouth, NH. Juror: Saisha M. Grayson
_______Love, Lust and Desire, McGowan Fine Art, Concord, NH
2012___National Juried Exhibition, Encaustic Art Institute, Cerrillos, NM Juror: Ellen Koment.
_______Pattern In Painting, Online exhibition, curator: Hylla Evans.__evansencaustics.blogspot.com
_______Add Women and Stir, Library Arts Center, Newport, NH. Juror: Sarah Chaffee.
_______Looking Closely, Artists in the Arboretum, The Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
_______EncaustiCon 2012 International, Gallery Nord, San Antonio, TX. Juror: Paula Berg Owen
_______Summer Visiting Artist Invitational, A Gallery, Provincetown, MA Juror: Adam Peck.
_______Confluence: Water and Light, Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Juror: Francine D’Olimpio.
_______Wax, A Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Juror: Adam Peck.
_______The Museum School Art Sale, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 1981-2012.
2011___Wax-Inc. National Exhibition, Cohasset, MA. Juror: Brian T. Allen.
_______NH Institute of Art 2011 Biennial, Manchester NH Juror: Anthony Apesos.
_______New England Collective II, Galatea Fine Art, Boston, MA. Juror: Joanne Mattera.
_______Hot Wax, Cold Metal, Art at 12 Gallery, Boston, MA. Juror: Zola Solamente.
2010___The Luminous Landscape, The John Stobart Gallery, Edgartown, MA.
_______The Luminous Landscape, Kensington Stobart Gallery, Salem, MA
_______New England Wax at the Fairfield Arts Council, Fairfield, CT. Curator: Laura Einstein.
_______Contemporary Women Artists XV, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO. Juror: Yolanda Lopez.
2009___The Luminous Landscape Invitational, Montserrat Gallery of Art, Beverly, MA
_______Ancient Medium, N.E.W. Terrain, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA. Juror: Craig Bloodgood
_______Heat Stroke, Saco Museum, Saco ME. Juror: Katherine French.
_______17th Annual Winter Exhibition, Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
_______Figure It Out, NH Institute of Art, Manchester, NH. Juror: Patrick McCay.
_______61st Annual Currier Museum of Art NHAA Juried Exhibition Juror: Trevor Smith.
2008___In Flat Fields, River Tree Center for the Arts, Kennebunk, ME. Juror: Shawn Hill.
_______The Diptych Project: a Collaboration in Wax, Whitney Art Works, Portland ME
_______The Diptych Project: a Collaboration in Wax, Steamboat Springs, CO
2007___New England Wax: Encaustic II, The Galletly Gallery, New Hampton, NH
_______59th Annual Currier Exhibition, Paul Creative Arts Center, Durham, NH. Juror: Karen Burgess Smith.
_______Biennial Regional Jurors’ Choice, Thorne-Sagendorf Art Gallery, Keene, NH. Jurors: Catherine French, Gerry Bergstein, and Mary Minifie.
2006___Inaugural Exhibition, Bennett Redmond Gallery, Dublin, NH
2003___55th Annual Exhibition, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH. Juror: Joanna Soltan.
2000___Sanctuary, WCA Boston and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Cambridge, MA
________Here and Now: New Hampshire Women Artists, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH
2017___The Space Between Shadow and Light, Gallery 10, Truro, MA
2016___Balancing Acts, Twiggs Gallery, Boscawen, NH
2015___The Incisive Line, Gallery 10, Truro, MA.
2013___Natura Viva: Flora, Fauna & Us, ArtCurrent Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2012___Natura Viva online exhibition, Making Something Out of Nothing blog,
Painting, Ann’s Garden, James and Ann Lawson, Cambridge, MA
Painting, Turner’s Turners, The Baltimore Plaza Hotel, Baltimore, MD
Monoprint Series, The Marriot Hotel, Orlando, FL
Monotype illustrations, The Christian Science Monitor, “The Home Forum”
Laventhol & Horwath, Boston, MA
2017___Demonstration, Greater Haverhill Art Association, Haverhill, MA
2016___Demonstration/lecture, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA
2014___Demonstration/lecture, Reading Art Association, Reading, MA
2013___Demonstration/lecture, Melrose Art Association, Melrose, MA
2012___Demonstration/lecture, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
Marcia Santore, “It’s Only Natural, Debra Claffey Waxes Poetic”, ArtScope, May-June 2016
Artist Debra Claffey Exhibit at Hole in the Wall Studioworks”, Maine Art Scene, June 2012
Nancy Natale, “Art in the Studio: The Questionnaire: Debra Claffey”, http://artinthestudio.blogspot.com/2010/07/questionnaire-debra-claffey.html
“Top Artists Featured in Annual NHAA Exhibit at Currier Museum of Art”, New Hampshire Sunday News, January 26, 2003
Laura Pope, “Colorful, Lush Still Lifes Mark Claffey Exhibition”, NH Weekend, The Union Leader, June 14, 2001
C. J. King, “Childhood Fun Helps Create New Solo Shows”, Manchester Journal, Manchester, VT, August 2000
Dustan Knight, Sharon Arts Center 51st Annual Members’ Exhibition, Peterborough, NH, Nov. 1999
Donald Rosenthal, Review of The Currier Gallery of Art, NHAA 50th Annual Exhibition, Art New England, Manchester, NH, May 1997
New American Paintings, Open Studios Press, Needham, MA, 1993
Linda Coventry, “The Art of Amory Street”, Jamaica Plain Art News, November 8, 1989
Jeanne Belovitch, “Another Medium: Novelesque Images”, The South End News, December 29, 1983
Publications as Author
2017___ “The Space Between Shadow and Light”, exhibition catalog
2016___ Debra Claffey: Paintings with Drawing, exhibition catalog
________ Compelling Progressions, exhibition catalog
_________Beneath The Surface, exhibition catalog
2015___ The Incisive Line, exhibition catalog
2014___ Transformations, exhibition catalog
2013___ Natura Viva: Flora, Fauna, and Us, exhibition catalog
2014-present___Senior Editor, ProWaxJournal
2013-2015___President, New England Wax
2013-2015___President, Women’s Caucus for Art, New Hampshire Chapter
2008, 2013, 2015___Board of Directors, Women’s Caucus for Art/NH
2009___Board of Directors, National Women’s Caucus for Art
Monotype Guild of New England
New Hampshire Art Association, Portsmouth, NH, juried member
New England Wax, founding member
Women’s Caucus for Art, New York, NY