Claudia Chapline

“These remnants of Christo's Running Fence carry the memories of the wind as this fabric ran through the hills of Sonoma and Marin Counties to dip in the sea,” says Claudia Chapline. “The reincarnation through art of this fabric encourages creativity and benefits the environment by its recycling. My art works with the Running Fence fabric are a small tribute to the grand vision of one of the twentieth century’s great artists.”

Claudia Chapline is an artist working in mixed media, and is best known for her work with recycling.  Beginning with her “Diary of Discard” in the 1960s, her work has been shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Crocker Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the War Memorial Museum in Seoul, the Florence Biennale, and galleries throughout the USA and in Japan, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and Guatemala.

An art journalist and poet, Claudia’s art influences her poetry and language often finds its way into her art. In 2005, her new collection of poems, Collage: Pop Poetry & Sound Bytes was published.

She has received grants from the Marin Arts Council, City of Santa Monica, the California Arts Council, Zellerbach Foundation, Marin Recycling, and Norcal in San Francisco.  

In 2006, the Northern California Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art recognized Chapline with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Chapline has founded and directed galleries for new California art since 1974 in Santa Monica, Sacramento and in Stinson Beach (since 1987). She has curated numerous exhibitions for her own galleries and for non-profit organizations. Due to her efforts over the past three decades, hundreds of artists have shown their work throughout California and also in Europe. Many of these artists use processes that include the recycling of discarded materials.

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