Summer Resident Clara Hoag in Studio with art work

Clara Hoag

Houston, Texas
Award(s): Windgate Scholar, AMACO Brent Scholar
Residency Years: 2013, 2020, 2021
Posted in: Past Artist, Past Short Term Resident


Clara Hoag makes work that reflects, and reflects on, the human condition and the urban experience. Clara integrates architecture with human anatomy in sculptures, drawings and photographs. Clara works primarily in clay because it speaks to the idea of “building” or of being “built” —literally, metaphorically and philosophically.

Clara Hoag has been a resident artist at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; she has received grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the Houston Arts Alliance; she has shown nationally in group and solo exhibitions; and she plays a mean banjo. She received an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia (Athens) in 2013 and two BFAs from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in 2009. She currently teaches ceramics, sculpture, drawing and art appreciation as a full-time professor at Houston Community College.