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2014    MFA, Interdisciplinary Studio Art, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 


2008    BA, Painting and Drawing, Portland State University, Portland, OR



2023     Desert Waterlines, Alexander Gallery, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR

2019    Stratifying the Unknown, Clairissa & Colby Stephens, Parrish Gallery, Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR. May and June 2019

2017    Horizons | Lines,  Clairissa & Colby Stephens, Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, Oregon. January 13 - March 10 


2016     Horizons | Lines, Clairissa & Colby Stephens, Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno, NV,  March 1-31


2014     Interior West, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Galleries South, Jot Travis Building, University of Nevada, Reno 


2012     trace, MFA Mid-program Exhibition, Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno, NV


2011     grove, Retzlaff Gallery, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR


2008     Eye of the Butterfly, White Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR



2022     Art in Oregon: Artist in Residence, Stevens Crawford Heritage House. Oregon City, OR

2018     Black Rock Desert Artist in Residence, Friends of Black Rock - High Rock, Gerlach, NV. Spring 2018

2017     Leland Iron Works Artist Residency, Oregon City, OR. October 2017


2016     PLAYA Artist Residency, Summer Lake, OR. February 2016


2015     Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna (SIM) Artist Residency, Reykjavík, Iceland. November 2015

 PLAYA Artist Residency, Summer Lake, OR. January 2015


2012-15 Resident Artist, Artists In Education Program, Capital City Arts Initiative, Carson City, NV


2008     Idyllwild Arts, Paintings Edge Artist Residency, Idyllwild, CA



2023      Terra Incognita Land Art Exhibition, The Verdancy Project, Troutdale, OR

2020-21 Art in Embassies, Exhibition at US Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

2019     An Artistic Heritage, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts – 56th Year, Lakewood Center for the Arts, Lake Oswego, Oregon

June 21, 22, and 23, 2019

Friends of Black Rock - High Rock, Artist in Residents Traveling Show- 

Humboldt County Library, February 3-16 Winnemucca, NV

The Potentialist, Workshop, February 17-28 Reno, NV

Gerlach Community Center, March 1-15, Gerlach, NV

2017    Accumulating Energies: 2017 Leland Artist Residency Exhibition, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) Mezzanine Gallery,

Portland, OR November 2-22

INTERSTATE, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Central Washington University, Juried by Emily Zimmerman, Director of Jacob Lawerence

Gallery, University of Washington, November 2nd- December 3rd, Reception November 2nd

2016/17 Beauty at the Core | The Mysterious Language of IceMuseum of the North Unviersity of Alaska, Fairbanks March 11- August 31

This traveling exhibition will also be shown at: 

WAIS Divide Research Station in Antarctica Winter 2017

2016    Sediments, Sequences and SolitudeHallie Brown Ford Gallery, Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, Oregon.

Curated by Deborah Ford and Sandee McGee January 15 - March 11 

Sediments, Sequences and Solitude will be traveling to the following locations

Atelier 600 (A6) Bend, Oregon. April 2016

World Forestry Center. Portland, OR. July 28 - September 26 2016

Eugene, OR. October 2016


2015    You Are New to the Mountain, Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna (SÍM) Gallery, Reception November 27


Botanica: All Things Plant Life, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA

Juried by Ken Harmon & MacKenzie Stevens July 12 - September 6


SMoCA Mix, Scottsdale, AZ. May 2, 2015


Accreted Terrane, MONA- Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA, Curated by David Francis. October 4- January 4, 2015


2014    TMCC Faculty Art Exhibition, Main Gallery, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV September 15- October 15


All In, The Holland Project, Sept 16-19, Fundraiser Exhibition, Sept 19th 6-9pm


Bathed in Sunshine, Covered in Dust: an introduction to contemporary art in Reno NV, The Holland Project,

Curated by Jen Graham and Sarah Lillegard. Reno, NV. 


UNR/MFA, Haldan Art Gallery, Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake, CA. Curated by Phyllis Shafer


Sheppard Contemporary Valentines Auction Biennial, University of Nevada, Reno. 


2013    Flight: MFA Exhibition and Critique, Galleries South, University of Nevada, Reno


14th Annual Student Art Exhibition, Galleries South, University of Nevada, Reno Juried by Rick Parsons of Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV

[award recipient]  


13th Annual Student Art Exhibition, Sheppard Contemporary, Reno, NV Juried by Maddy Rosenberg of Central Booking, New York, NY.

[award recipient]


2012    10.-22.-38 Astoria, FICTILIS, San Francisco, CA


Stranger Show, Holland Project Gallery, Reno, NV


12th Annual Student Art Exhibition, Sheppard Contemporary, Reno, NV Juried by Joanne Northrup, Director of Contemporary Art Initiatives, Nevada Museum of Art


Cross Section: MFA Candidates, Walt McNamara Gallery, Reno, NV


Shine, Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA


No Strings Attached, Sheppard Contemporary, Reno, NV


2008    Painting's Edge, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA


Painting's Edge, Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild, CA


2007     Panels for PAC, Portland Art Center, Portland, OR



2018     BLM Artist in Residence Black Rock Desert Stipend, Gerlach, NV

2015     Jackpot Grant, Nevada Arts Council


2014     Nominated for an Art Matters Grant


2012-14 Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Nevada, Reno


2013      Juror’s Award of Excellence, 14th Annual Student Art Exhibition Juried by Rick Parsons of Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, NV

              Juror’s Award of Excellence, 13th Annual Student Art Exhibition Juried by Maddy Rosenberg of Central Booking, New York, NY


2011-14 Holmes Art Scholarship, University of Nevada, Reno





2013    Nevada Horizon Lines, Interdisciplinary Event: Music, Poetry and Visual Arts Installation in response to horizon lines, Collaboration with

Colby Stephens, Readings: Robert Morrison, Megan Berner, John Kesse, William L. Fox. Musicians: Elizabeth White and Bob Schuler. Galena Creek, Camp WeChMe Lawn, September 27, 2013


2012   Stranger Show, Artist Mentor, Collaboration with Holland Project Gallery, Hug High School and Nevada Museum of Art. 


Mural Painting Assistant to Firelei Baez, Pycho-Pomp, Sheppard Fine Art Gallery, Reno, NV


Pat Baker Park Community Painting and Pin hole camera drawing, Collaboration with Colby Stephens and community, Pat Baker Park, Reno, NV


            (re) collections: Yuta Chou and Kelsey Page, Curating collaboration with Tina Davis and Esther Cuan, Museum Tower, Reno, NV


2011-2012 Art Lessons at Anderson Elementary, Collaboration with Colby Stephens, Reno, NV



2020     Mountain Mural, Hannah Grace Family, Oregon City, OR

2020     Art in Embassies, Black Rock Desert Waterlines series on loan to Ambassador Abizaid, Saudi Arabia  

2018     Art Shine Project: Art in Oregon, Summer Lake Waterlines | Summer Permanent  Collection of Grano Bakery and Market Oregon City, OR

2016     Dekum St. Mural. 1308 NE Dekum St. Portland, OR. Commissioned by NW Ventures.

                     Design: Clairissa Stephens | Painting: Harry Schneider and Brandi Kruse


             N. Williams St Mural. Commissioned by Bluestone Homes. Portland, OR 

2014     Public Art Commission. City of Reno Arts & Culture. Aspens in the Fall. Painting: Traffic Signal Box. Liberty St. & Central St. Reno, NV. 


 Private Art Commission, Truckee Water System Dining Tables, Commission by Stacey Spain


2012     Table Commission. Great Basin Brewery. Sparks, NV. 



2023     Art Focus with Joseph Gallivan KBOO Interview Land Art Terra Incognita, Joseph Gallivan Portland Tribune Aug 19, 20233

2020    Josie Glassberg, Scrambled words, bright colors, and spray painted electrical boxes,  Double Scoop, January 7, 2020


2019    David Bates, Where Earth Meets Sky, Oregon ArtsWatch, May 28, 2019


2016    Curated by Deborah Ford and Sandee McGee, Sediments, Sequences and Solitude, PLAYA Exhibition Catalog, 2016 

Janet Eastman, Pieces of dried lake bed become art after stay in Great Basin cabin,  Oregonian, Sep 08, 2016 


2014   Curated by David Francis Accreted Terrane: Island Arcs and Suture Zones, Digital Exhibition Catalog, Published by Museum of Northwest

Art MoNA, Download for free on iBooks


Professional Artist Magazine, Featured Artist, June 2014 


Radio Interview: Clairissa Stephens: Interior West with Geralda Miller, Reno Tahoe Tonight Show, Oliver X: 101.3 FM. April 17, 2014Sarah


Lillegard and Jen Graham, eds. Bathed in Sunshine, Covered in Dust: an introduction to contemporary art in Reno, NV

digital publication:


2013    Allyson Siwajian. Art} In a Hard (and Beautiful) Place. The Desert Companion. p. 66-69. May 2013


2012    Geralda Miller. Nature in glass and fabric. Reno Gazette Journal. Reno, NV. November 4th


Susan Raines, Shine Art Exhibit at Blue Line. Sacramento Examiner. Sacramento, CA  March 1st


2011    Vickie Aldous. Inside the Birch Grove. Ashland Daily Tidings. Ashland, OR. February



2023     Artist Gallery Talk, Desert Waterlines Feb 22, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR

2019    Gallery Talk and Presentation for exhibition: Stratifying the Unknown, Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR. May 3, 2019


2018    Art and Ecology Artist Lecture, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR April 13, 2018

2016    Gallery Talk Horizons | Lines, Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno, NV March 2016

2015    Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna (SÍM) Artist Residency Talk. Nov. 10, 2015


2014    Nevada Horizon Lines, Open Action Workshop with M12 Collective, Cuddleworks, Reno, NV. May 10th, 2014 


Interior West: Tracing Recollections of the Landscape, MFA Thesis Lecture, University of Nevada, Reno, Jot Travis Building Auditorium,

Rm 100, April 17, 2014


Land Art and Earthworks and Con·cep·tu·al Art, Guest Lecturer for Contemporary Art 365


Holland Project Gallery, Panel participant, in conjunction with group show: Bathed in Sunshine, Covered in Dust, February 8, 2014


Lake Tahoe Community College, Haldan Gallery, January 14, 2014


2012    University of Nevada, Reno. William Raggio Building, Artist Lecture, April 2012.


2011    University of Nevada, Reno. Church Fine Arts Building, Artist Lecture, September 2011.




2014-20 Private Art Lessons: Painting, Drawing and Mixed media lessons.

2018   PNCA’s Interim Leland Iron Works Artist Residency Facilitator Fall 2018 (fill in for maternity leave) Oregon City, OR 

2018   Clackamas Community College, Adjunct Art History Instructor, Oregon City, OR 

2014    Adjunct Professor, Drawing Fundamentals and Advanced Mixed Media Painting, Sierra Nevada College, Incline, NV Fall 2014


Adjunct Professor, Drawing and Visual Foundations, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV Fall 2014


Graduate Teaching Assistant and Guest Lecturer with Dr. Brett Van Hoesen, Contemporary Art 365, University of Nevada, Reno, Spring 2014


2012-15 Resident Artist, Artists In Education Program, Capital City Arts Initiative, Carson City, NV


2012-14 Graduate Instructor, Drawing 101, University of Nevada, Reno

  Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Summer 2014 

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