Driven by research and enticed by form, Claire Pentecost uses writing, drawings, and sculptural installations to test and celebrate the conditions that define life itself. Pentecost’s earlier work addressed the contested boundary between the natural and the artificial, then focused for many years on food, agriculture, bio-engineering. Recently Claire is trying to contribute to the artistic and social discourse around anthropogenic changes in the indivisible living entity that animates our planet
Pentecost recieved her MFA from Pratt Institute in 1988. She is currently a Professor of photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Claire Pentecost is the recipient of the 2017 Chicago Artadia Award.