Daniel Clayman is a sculptor, born in 1957 in Lynn, MA. Always the tinkerer, Daniel had planned a career as a theater lighting designer, studying in the Theater and Dance Department at Connecticut College, eventually dropping out of college to work in the professional theater, dance and opera world. A chance class in 1980 introduced the artist to using glass as a sculptural material. In 1986, He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and has maintained a studio in East Providence, RI since then.
His interests in engineering, the behavior of light, and the memory of experience, acts as an impetus for much of the work. In the end, Clayman’s sculpture is a “manifestation of a moment of thought.” Working large and small, he employs technology from the simplest hand tool to the latest three-dimensional modeling and production tools.
Daniel Clayman’s grants and awards received include 2017 Exhibition Grant, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ; 2016 Artist in Residence, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; 2014 Project Funding, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, Providence, RI; 2013-14 Laurie Wagman Artist in Residence Research Funding, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA; 2001 Urban Glass Award; “Innovative Use of Glass in Sculpture”, Brooklyn, NY; 1997 Artist’s Grant, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; 1995 Artist’s Fellowship, New England Foundation for the Arts; Artist’s Grant, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; 1990 Nominee, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation; 1989 Artist’s Grant, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; 1987 Artist in Residence, ARTPARK, Lewistown, NY; 1985 St. Louis Cristalleries, France.
A selected list of public collections Daniel Clayman can be found in are The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; The de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; The Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA; Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA; First National Bank of Siam, Chicago, IL; Flint Institute of Art, Flint MI; Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI; The Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN; Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables FL; Le Musée-Atelier du Verre de Sars-Poterie, France; The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; Memorial; Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; The Museum of Art, Fukui, Japan; Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Village, NJ; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; The Museums of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA; The Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI; National Geographic Society, Washington, DC; The Palm Springs Museum of Art, Palm Springs, CA; The Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI; Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL; St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Little Compton, RI; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH and The Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, MA.