Claire Lerner was born and raised in New York, New York. She received her MFA and BFA in Fine Art from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After graduate school Claire moved to California where she was a member of the photography faculty at Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, California for ten years. For the past fifteen years she has taught studio art, black and white photography, and digital arts at the Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California. She has conducted many workshops on various photographic processes including Cabrillo Arts summer 2011 workshops.
An internationally exhibited and celebrated photographer for more than 20 years, Claire Lerner returned to painting about fifteen years ago. Using the same eye for subtlety and delicate color that make her photographs so compelling, her floral, still life, and bird canvases are an insightful celebration of the beauty in both nature and paint.
Claire was a recipient of the First Place Award for her work in the, Exemplary Contemporary exhibition, at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA. She received the Award of Distinction from the Steinbeck Center, Salinas, CA. In 2008 her work was selected for a solo exhibition at the Smith Gallery, UCSC, California. Her work has been collected by a broad range of private and public institutions, including the Monterey Museum of Art, Visa Corporation, Redwood City, CA, Cowell College, UCSC, PMI, Corporate Headquarters, Walnut Creek, CA, and the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, CA.