Claire Gilliam was born in England in 1975 and has lived in the United States since 1999. She graduated from Sheffield Hallam University, UK in 1997 with a BA(hons) in Fine Art, and in 2000 completed the Professional Certificate in Photography at Rockport College, Maine.
She has studied under photographers such as Arno Minkkinen, John Goodman, and Keith Carter as well as master gelatin silver printer, Chuck Kelton. She is currently a teaching assistant for photographer, Barbara Mensch at the ICP.
In recent years, she has expanded her art practice to include drawing and printmaking, learning from artist Vijay Kumar at the Manhattan Graphics Center in NY.
Her work has been shown in Europe and the USA and is held in several private and public collections, including The ICP Library Print Collection and the Goethe Institute. In 2014 and 2015, several of her works were included in a touring exhibition entitled “Embody: The Gender Issue” throughout several cities across India and Sri Lanka. She makes her home and studio in Warwick, NY with her husband, Eugene Lynch and two English Springer Spaniels.