Artist of the Week: Claudia Tommasi

Meet Claudia Tommasi, from Stow, Ohio!

Claudia Tommasi with her woodcut and monotype print, Collateral Damage (2016).

Claudia Tommasi is a senior at Miami University. She is majoring in Studio Art with concentrations in Printmaking and Painting. She is also minoring in Arts Management, Art History, and Interactive Media Studies. This semester, Claudia’s work is exhibited in Miami University Art Museum’s Student Response Exhibition (SRE) Conflict & Resolution.

Claudia’s dream jobs are being a working artist and also a teaching artist. Her favorite arts venue is the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Other favorite art venues include The Drawing Center and the Met Breuer in New York. Her favorite food is Korean food and her favorite place to eat in Oxford is Krishna! Her other school activities include being Treasurer of the Art Museum Student Organization (AMSO) on campus and being in the University Academic Scholars Program. She also works as a Student Assistant at Maplestreet Station. There are many reasons Claudia chose Miami University. These include the atmosphere, class size, scholarship opportunities and professors. Claudia’s hobbies are trying new restaurants, Netflix-ing, and Google deep-diving. Outside of school, she enjoys relaxing and exploring new places. She has four cats and one dog, and she really likes guinea pigs (due to their cuteness and potato shape)!

Claudia appreciates the art of the 1950’s and 1960’s, as Americans became more experimental in their artwork. Her main source of research and inspiration come from contemporary artists. These artists include Katharina Grosse, Judy Pfaff and Fabian Marcaccio. She also enjoys the line work and theatrical depictions of post-impressionist painter and printmaker, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

At the Miami University Art Museum, Claudia has worked as a curatorial intern in the summer of 2015. She has exhibited work in other SREs at the museum before and is excited to be exhibiting again.

Come see the exhibition and vote for your top three pieces! Voting will continue until April 12 and the awards ceremony for exhibited artists will be held on April 13, from 5-7pm.

By Caroline Ward, Marketing & Communications Intern