Department Co-Chair

Gayle Clemans



Gayle Clemans is an art historian, critic, and writer with frequent contributions of arts criticism and journalism to The Seattle Times. Her essays and short stories appear in a variety of publications, including exhibition catalogues, Smarthistory, and the award-winning book, The Map as Art (Princeton Architectural Press). Clemans also writes speculative fiction and creative non-fiction, gravitating towards issues of interpretation, institutional critique, and the importance of locating personal experiences within larger contexts. 

Prior to moving to Seattle, Clemans worked at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, where she connected exhibiting artists with diverse community groups to create innovative programs. At Cornish College of the Arts, Clemans helped launch the critical & contextual studies coursework, and currently teaches courses in art history, theory, and arts writing. She is currently researching the history, crafting, and usage of artist statements.    


Ph.D, Modern and Contemporary Art History
University of Washington

BA, History + Art History
University of California, Los Angeles