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
2018 Second Place Award, Fifth National Monoprint/Monotype Juried Exhibition, Juror: Judith Brodsky
2011 Artist Entrepreneurial Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts
1996 Bank of New Hampshire Award, Ann’s Garden, Number 12, Fiftieth Annual Exhibition, The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH
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
1992 Improvizations, Arts Alive, Baystate Medical Center Galleries, Springfield, MA
1983 Images from Another Medium, Paintings and Monotypes, The Loading Dock Gallery, Boston, MA
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
  Fifth National Monotype/Monoprint Juried Exhibition, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA. Juror: Judith Brodsky
  Organic to Geometric, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA. Curator: Carol Pelletier
  NHIA Members’ Exhibition, Sharon Arts Gallery, Peterborough, NH. Juror Theresa Choi.
  Secret Gardens, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA. Juror: Tori Costa
  Text and Textiles, A Touring Exhibition of Poets and Artists, Hancock, Portsmouth, Moultonborough, and Gorham, New Hampshire
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
  Nº 10 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, 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, Curator: Hylla Evans
2014 Transformations, Sharon Arts, Peterborough, NH. Juror: Kaveh Motjabai
  Breaking Boundaries, Fountain Street Gallery, Framingham, MA. Jurors: Sara Zela and Lauren O’Neal
  The New England Wax/FUSED Chicago Diptych Project II, The Engine, Biddeford, ME
  I Believe, Galletly Gallery, New Hampton, NH. Juror: Amy Wilson
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
  Natura Viva: Flora, Fauna & Us, ArtCurrent Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2012 National Juried Encaustic Exhibition, Encaustic Art Institute, Cerrillos, NM. Juror: Ellen Koment
  Pattern In Painting, Online exhibition, Curator: Hylla Evans,
  Looking Closely, Artists in the Arboretum, The Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
  Confluence: Water and Light, Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Juror: Francine D’Olimpio
  Wax, A Gallery , Provincetown, MA. Juror: Adam Peck
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 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
  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 Arts Council, Steamboat Springs, CO
2007 New England Wax: Encaustic II, The Galletly Gallery, New Hampton, NH
  Biennial Regional Jurors’ Choice, Thorne-Sagendorf Art Gallery, Keene, NH. Jurors: Catherine French, Gerry Bergstein, and Mary Minifie.
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
Curatorial Projects
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,
Painting, Ann’s Garden, James and Ann Lawson, Cambridge, MA
Painting, Turner’s Turners, The Baltimore Plaza Hotel, Baltimore, MD
Monotype illustrations, The Christian Science Monitor , “The Home Forum”, Boston, MA
Laventhol & Horwath, Boston, MA
Selected Bibliography
Marcia Santore, “It’s Only Natural, Debra Claffey Waxes Poetic”, Artscope, May 2016
Linda Chestney, “Transformations, Encaustic Artists Challenge Boundaries”, Artscope, September 2014
“Top Artists Featured in Annual NHAA Exhibit at Currier Museum of Art”, NH Sunday News , January 26, 2003
Laura Pope, “Colorful, Lush Still Lifes Mark Claffey Exhibition”, NH Weekend, The Union Leader , June 2001
Donald Rosenthal, The Currier Gallery of Art, NHAA 50 th Annual Exhibition, Art New England, May 1997
New American Paintings , Open Studios Press, Needham, MA, 1993
Publications as Author/Designer
2017 “The Space Between Shadow and Light”, exhibition catalog
2016 “Paintings with Drawing”, exhibition catalog
  “Compelling Progressions”, exhibition catalog
  “Beneath The Surface”, exhibition catalog
2015 “The Incisive Line”, exhibition catalog
  “Transformations”, exhibition catalog
2013 “Natura Viva: Flora, Fauna, and Us”, exhibition catalog
Professional Service
2014-present Senior Editor, ProWaxJournal
2013-2015 President, New England Wax
2013-2015 President, Women’s Caucus for Art, New Hampshire Chapter
2008, 2013-17 Board of Directors, Women’s Caucus for Art/NH
2009 Board of Directors, National Women’s Caucus for Art
Professional Affiliations
Monotype Guild of New England
New Hampshire Art Association, juried member
New England Wax, juried member
Women’s Caucus for Art, New York, NY