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Claire Van Vliet, Canadian artist. Grantee, Ingram-Merrill Foundation, 1989; National Education Association grantee, 1976-1980, MacArthur fellow, 1989-1994. Member of National Academy, Society Printers Boston, Vermont Arts and Sciences.


Vliet, Claire Van was born on August 9, 1933 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Daughter of Wilbur Dennison and Audrey Ilene (Wallace) Van Vliet.


AB, San Diego State College, 1952. Master of Fine Arts, Claremont Graduate School, 1954. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 1993.

Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), San Diego State University, 2002.


Van Vliet received the Bachelor of Arts in 1952 from San Diego State College, and the Master of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate School in 1954. In 1955 she moved to Europe, shortly after her first publications, then returned to the United States in 1957. She worked for John Anderson of Lanston Monotype Company in Philadelphia before moving to Madison, Wisconsin.

She made several trips back to Europe and continued her education in hand typesetting and compositing. She taught drawing and printmaking classes at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art and Philadelphia Museum College of Art from 1965-1966. In 1967 she established a typographic workshop in Madison, Wisconsin.

The has been based in Newark, Vermont since Van Vliet settled there in 1966. The was named by Van Vliet for "the ancient Roman god (Janus) for the rising and setting sun, stood for balance in the Renaissance because of his ability to look both forward and backward…the book as a balanced and unified statement with all of its parts integral and serving to illuminate one another, is the ideal for which the press seeks.” The press publishes collaborative works by contemporary writers, papermakers, printmakers and artists. The following is a list of some authors/creators: (authors) Ray Carver, Tess Gallagher, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, W. R. Johnson, Galway Kinnell, John le Carré, Denise Levertov, Sandra McPherson, W. D. Snodgrass.

(artists) Ruth Fine, Lois K. Johnson, Susan Johanknecht, Jerome Kaplan, Ray Metzker, Peter Schumann, Helen Siegl. (papermakers) Kathryn Clark (Twinrocker), Amanda Degener, Mary Lyn Nutting, Katie MacGregor, Bernie Vinzani;(historians) Maureen Green (Hayle Mill).


  • 1989-John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship1993-Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, University of Arts in Philadelphia1995-Elected to the National Academy of Design in New York2002-Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, San Diego State University.


  • book

  • Other Work

    • One-man exhibitions include Print Club Philadelphia, 1963, 66, 73, 77, Wiggin Gallery, Boston Public Library., 1977, Rutgers University Art Gallery, 1978, American Automobile Association Gallery, Philadelphia, 1980, Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia, 1984, 91, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York City, 1986, Mills College, 1986, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 1989, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1994, Ottawa School of Art Gallery, Canada, 1994, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine, 1994, 99, North Dakota Museum Art, 1999, Rosenwald Wolf Gallery University Arts Phila, 2001, Louisiana State University Library., 2005, Grolier Club, New York, 2006, National Gallery Art Library.

      , 2006, Humanities Gallery, Scripps College, 2006, Boston Public Library., 2006, Wellesley College Library., 2006, University Virginia Library.

      , 2007, Smith College Library., 2007. Group exhibitions include Brooklyn National, Philadelphia Arts Festival, Kunst zu Kafka, Germany, Paper as Medium, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, Paper Now, Cleveland Museum Art, 1986, Boyle Arts Festival, Ireland, 1993, Library.

      Congress, since 1997, North Dakota Museum Art, 1999. Represented in permanent collections National Gallery Art, Philadelphia Museum Art, Boston Public Library., Library.

      Of Congress, Cleveland Museum Art, Montreal Museum Fine Arts, Victoria and Albert Museum London, Tate Gallery, London, United States Department State, The National Library Canada, British Library.


Member of National Academy, Society Printers Boston, Vermont Arts and Sciences.


Wilbur Dennison Vliet

Audrey Ilene (Wallace) Van Vliet