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Clare Hirn – Fine Art Mural Artist

Clare Hirn received a significant scholarship to attend the New York Academy of Art – Graduate School of Figurative Art, located in Manhattan. The curriculum continues to focus on strong foundational skills for working “realistically” from life and the figure.

After graduating with her masters in painting and drawing in 1990, Hirn worked for a mural design firm in NYC, learning the techniques of working large scale. Upon returning to her hometown of Louisville, KY she pursued both mural work and her personal painting, participating and receiving awards in many regional shows. Hirn’s fine art murals and paintings grace many homes, businesses, and public spaces and have appeared in numerous publications.

Much of my art work focuses on bringing the beauty of the outside to our lives inside, translating the natural world onto canvas. It is always a challenge to capture a glimpse of our amazing world in two dimensions, and it is why I am attracted to detail as well as overall effect. The greatest compliment I receive from viewers, “I always see something new each time I look at your painting.”

Select Commissions, Exhibits and Grants

2006 – present Clare Hirn Studio, working studio and exhibition space, Open Studio weekends

2014 Featured October Artist, Kentucky Arts Council website homepage

2013 Juried into Architectural Artists Directory, Kentucky Arts Council

2012 UK Chandler Hospital/ Kentucky Children’s Hospital mural and installation

2010 Waterfront Park Place, pool entrance hall mural

2009 UofL Health Care Outpatient Center, awarded lobby mural commission through competition

2004 Waterfront Park Place commissioned public lobby murals

1986 – present Local, regional and national juried and invitational shows and awards include: Kaviar Forge and Gallery, Berheim Forest, The Green Building, Ground Floor Gallery, Target Gallery of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Louisville Visual Art Association, Lexington Art League, Evansville Museum, Huntington Museum of Art, Massillon Museum of Art, New York Academy of Art, Union League, NY

2001 Third one-person show, Plein Air & Water: Ohio River Series, Yvonne Rapp Gallery, Louisville, KY

2009, 2010 Kentucky Foundation for Women Art Meets Activism grant recipient

2000 Kentucky Foundation for Women special initiative grant review panelist

1998 Kentucky Foundation for Women Individual Artist grant recipient


Several murals and fine art paintings owned by the Brown-Forman Corporation, PNC Tower (Pittsburgh), Waterfront Park Place, UK Chandler Hospital, UofL Healthcare, Stites & Harbison PLLC, and other businesses and private collectors
Interior murals and paintings in private, corporate and public spaces, illustrations and portraiture,
several repeat clients/collectors

Media & Publications

PUBLIC artfm radio interview

Paintings or illustrations in The New York Times (front page illustration of Abiocor artificial heart), multiple editions of The Courier-Journal of Louisville, KY and Welcome Home magazine (feature profile of the artist), Women’s Day Magazine, the books Behind Closed Doors vols. 1 and 2, Kentucky Homes and Gardens, L is for Louisville, and others.

Teaching and Work Experience, Education and Scholastic Honors

2009-present Co-developer of Art for Health program

1999- present Participation in various community art-based programs, Painting and drawing instruction including Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts and Louisville Visual Art Association

1990 Modeworks, mural painting and design, New York, NY

1990 The Graduate School of Figurative Art at The New York Academy of Art, New York, NY. Masters of Fine Art, Painting and Drawing. Andy Warhol Scholarship, New York Academy of Art

1986 Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction, College of Arts and Sciences. Departmental Honors, Individualized Major Program: visual arts/biological sciences

1985 Phi Betta Kappa, Ruth N. Hall Scholarship Award, Fine Arts, Indiana University

Public Spaces

Art in public spaces creates a collective attitude, inspiration, and has been shown to reduce stress. Clare has created scenic and mixed media murals for several public spaces in Kentucky. Her murals are a permanent addition to the UofL Health Care Outpatient Center and the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Each project invites collaboration with her client.

Corporate Art

Corporate art collections help support local artists, provide a welcoming environment to customers, invigorate colleagues as well as define specific areas. Clare's murals and paintings are collected by several area corporate businesses, such as Brown-Foreman, Stites & Harbison and Waterfront Park Place. Clare works with clients to provide a unique look for their space.

Residential Spaces

Clare’s fine art murals create a sense of space in the room and allow individuals to set the tone for their unique residential setting, such as a bathroom, dining area or bedroom. Often painted in veils of color, these murals bring a feeling of light and openness into a room or area. Dining rooms offer ideal opportunity to display the optimum effect.

Studio Paintings

Along with commissions and large site specific artwork Clare also creates original paintings of all sizes in her studio. Examples can be viewed on the gallery page. Feel free to contact Clare to learn more about original artwork or high quality giclée reproductions. Please call and arrange your studio visit!

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