Richard Cleaver Artist





1980   M.A., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

1977 B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore


2017 Delaware Art Museum, Tableau: The Art of Richard Cleaver

2007 American University Museum, Family Fiction, Washington, DC

`  Kohler Art Center, Shebogan, WI

2005 Baltimore Museum of Art, Gathering at the Latrobe Springhouse

2002 Villa Julie College, Dream Sequences, Stevenson, MD

2000 Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Scenes from Inside, Miami, FL

1998 Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, Biographical Icons, New York, NY

The Noyes Museum, All the World’s a Stage, Oceanville, NJ

1996   Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, Open Closets, New York, NY

1995 Rosenberg Gallery, Public Histories, Private Lives, Goucher College,  

Baltimore, MD

1994 Paris-New York-Kent Gallery, Kent, CT

1993 Franz Bader Gallery, Contemporary Icons, Washington, DC

Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA

Arlington Art Center, VA

1992  Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, DC  

1991 Knight Gomez Gallery, Baltimore, MD


2011 Fuller Craft Museum, Fresh Figures

2010 NCECA Philadelphia, Dis/Arming Domesticity  

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baker Artist Award Winners  

2008 Arzona State University Art Museum, A Human Impulse: figuration from the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection


SOFA Chicago

 Westchester Arts Council, NY, Confrontational Ceramics

2007 Evergreen House, Johns Hopkins University, Building a Legacy

Baltimore Museum of Art, Sondheim Prize Finalists

2006   Fuller Craft Museum, The Edges of Grace:

 Provocative, Uncommon Craft, Brockton, MA

Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Life Insight: The Human Experience

Tell Me a Story, Santa Fe Clay, NM

2003 Peabody Essex Museum, Family Ties, Salem, MA

 Park School,Breaking New Ground, Baltimore, MD

2001 Maryland Institute College of Art, Faculty Exhibition

2000 Delaware Art Museum, Selections from Biennial Acquisitions

  The Contemporary Museum, Snapshots, Baltimore, MD

Rosenberg Gallery, Obsessions, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD

Susan Cummins Gallery, Perches in the Soul, Mill Valley, CA

Maryland Institute College of Art, Faculty Exhibition  1999  Nathan D. Rosen Museum, Updating Ceremonial Objects: A Cup for  

  Miriam, Boca Raton, FL

  Artscape , Baltimore, MD

 Delaware Art Museum, Blurring Boundaries: Objects in Craft Media 

 From the Collections  

1998 Fort Lewis College, Selections from Soho, Durango, CO

Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, Summer Group Exhibition

Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Biennial

1997 Loveland Museum, Contemporary American Ceramics, Loveland, CO

  Maryland Art Place, Critics Residency Program, Baltimore

1996 Corcoran Gallery of Art, Art Sites, Washington, DC

Artscape, Secrets, Baltimore, MD

1995 The St. Paul Companies, Out of the Fire, Minneapolis, MN

Galeries Francoise, The Dog as Symbol and Metaphor

Brooklandville, MD

Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, Gallery Artists, New York, NY

University of Maryland Art Gallery, Soul Mates, College Park

Towson State University, Actual Size, MD

1993 Artscape, Gods and Saints, Baltimore, MD

1990 International Sculpture Center,Encierro: Captured 

 Spaces, Washington, DC


2018 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award

2011 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant

2010 The Mary Sawyer Baker Prize

2008 Franz and Virginia Bader Fund

2007 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant 2003 Trawick Award 1st prize

 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant

1999 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant

1995 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant

1994 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

1992   Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant


Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

George and Dorothy Saxe Collection, DeYoung Museum,San Francisco,CA

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington

Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, Santa Fe, NM

Erie Art Museum, PA

Marge and Philip Kalodner Colletion, Philadelphia, PA

Baltimore Museum of Art

Judith Schwartz, New York, NY

The St. Paul Companies, Minneapolis, MN

Sallie Mae Loan Corporation, Washington, DC

Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Collection, Washington, DC

Jonathan Binstock, New York, NY

Sigal Collection, Washington, D.C.

Gail Brown, Philadelphia, PA

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY


My sculptures integrate ceramic, which is the primary medium, with wood, fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones, gold leaf and oil paint. They are made complete with secret compartments which serve as hiding places for multiple and often times personal meanings. My recent work is based on narratives drawn from personal and historical events that are overlapped with subconscious images. The figures are like actors on a stage, enigmatic yet tense while being enveloped or encrusted within layers of overgrowth concealing a world within.

- Richard Cleaver