EDUCATION
2000 Master of Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
Thesis work in Painting and Printmaking, additional coursework in Arabic language and Art History.
2000 Summer Language School, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.
Intensive Arabic language program.
1999 The Arabic Language Institute, Fes, Morocco.
Intensive Arabic language summer program.
Arabic Calligraphy studies with Ustaz Hussein al-‘Abdi.
1991 Bachelor of Arts, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
Thesis work in Painting and Printmaking.
AWARDS
2001 Fulbright Student Grant, Damascus, Syria.
1999 University of Massachusetts Graduate Student Fellowship.
EMPLOYMENT AND PRACTICA
2003–Present Designed and constructed sets and props for editorial photographic layouts for Time Magazine, New York Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine.
2004–5 Designed and executed Persian and Arabic calligraphy for two films: The Color of Love (Iranian/American, directed by Maryam Keshawarz. Premiered on February 15th, 2005 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York), and Occupation: Dreamland (American, directed by Garrett Scott. Premiered on March 3rd, 2005 at the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Netherlands).
2003–4 Special Projects Assistant, Institute for International Education, New York, NY. Worked to create a Middle East Fulbright Scholar Alumni group conference. Participated in the U.S. orientation of the inaugural group of Iraqi Fulbright students.
2001–2 Apprentice to Ustaz Zuhair Ibn Muhammad Ali Zarzour, Vice President of the Damascus Calligraphers’ Union, Damascus, Syria. Studied Arabic Calligraphy and Islamic Thought.
1998–00 Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Taught Advanced Drawing, Beginning and Advanced Painting, and Intaglio Printmaking to undergraduates. Responsible for course design, teaching, and student evaluation.
1995–7 Restorer and Gilder, Eastlake Galleries, Seattle, WA. Responsible for the pricing and execution of various antique object and picture frame restoration jobs, as well as paper cleaning and restoration .
1990-2 Nightclub Designer, Charlottesville, VA. Designed, fabricated, and installed the interior of the Tokyo Rose nightclub.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2008 The Peaceable Kingdom, Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, VA.
2007 Artivism, (Juried by John Ravenal of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts), McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA.
2007 Per Square Foot, Dieu Donne Papermill, New York, NY.
2007 Emerging and Established, Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, VA.
2006 Dark Light: Collaborative and Individual Work by Dean Dass and Clay Witt, Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
2006 Love Letter Invitational, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA.
2005 The Land of Wandering, Les Yeux du Monde Gallery,
2001 Clay Witt: Paintings and Drawings, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
1997 Clay Witt Recent Paintings & Drawings, Ace Studios Gallery, Seattle, WA.
1996 Clay Witt: Works on Paper, Capital Theatre Gallery, Olympia, WA.
REVIEWS and PUBLICATIONS
  • Laura Parsons, “Silver lining: Witt shines as LYdM shutters,” The Hook, 15th December 2008.
  • Ruth Latter, “Student, Teacher Reach for the Sky,” The Daily Progress, 2nd August 2007, sec. B, p. 1.
  • Laura Parsons, “Artistic Alchemy: Dass and Witt Mix It Up,” The Hook, 4th January 2007, p. 45.
  • Erica Howsare, “Dean Dass and Clay Witt, “Dark/Light,” C-Ville, 26th December 2006, p. 40.
  • Erica Howsare, “C-Ville Pick,” C-Ville, 5th December 2006, p.27.
  • Sam Witt, “The Angels of Transfiguration Speak,” Dean Dass & Clay Witt: Dark Light, (Charlottesville: Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, 2007).
  • Ruth Latter, “Collaboration Glows with Visual Effects,” The Daily Progress, 14th December 2006, sec. B, p. 1.
  • Clay Witt, et. al. (AKA “The Printmaker’s Left), Exquisite History, vol. I: The Land of Wandering (Charlottesville: The Printmaker’s Left & The University of Virginia Press, 2005).
  • David Colman, “Tudor Revival: Lighting Designer Greg Yale Transforms a Hamptons Cottage with an Eye toward Industrial Chic,” Elle Decor, August 2004, p. 138.
  • Arturas Valionis, “The Kiss,” trans. Clay Witt and Sam Witt, The Drunken Boat: Lithuanian Poetry, «http://www.thedrunkenboat.com/valionis.html» (10 June 2000).
  • Rimdvydas Stankevicius, “Menininkas amerikietiskai” Rcspublika, 3rd June 2000, p.6.