Claire Oliver Gallery is located in Central Harlem in a four-story brownstone. For over 30 years, Claire Oliver Gallery has worked exclusively in the primary market, showcasing the brightest new artists and assisting museums in their acquisition and exposition of these artist’s works. The Gallery’s continuous championing of underrepresented voices transcends and challenges the traditional art historical cannon. Our forward-thinking program and exclusive commitment to our artists allows for an intensive focus that has nurtured and grown their careers. Many of the gallery’s artists have been included in The Venice Biennale, The Whitney Biennial, and biennales in Sydney, Pittsburgh, and Lyon. They have exhibited works in major international museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, Center Georges Pompidou, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art amongst many others. Claire Oliver Gallery artists are included in the permanent collections of many important museums worldwide including The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Tate Britain, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The State Hermitage Museum, MoMA, and the NMAAHC among many others. Claire Oliver Gallery held the first American exhibition for the Russian collaborative AES+F, whose work went on to twice represent Russia in the Russian pavilion of the Venice Biennale. Gallery artists have received prestigious fellowships including Fulbright, Guggenheim, USArtist and National Endowment for the Arts.

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Simone Elizabeth Saunders (she/her) is a textile artist based in Mohkinstsis - Calgary, Canada.
She holds a B.F.A. with Distinction from the Alberta University of Arts in 2020.
Her textiles are hand tufted in the medium of rug-making using a punch-needle and tufting machine.

Saunders explores themes of the diaspora, ancestorship and Black womanhood. Her colourful textiles highlight motifs and iconography from her Jamaican heritage and engage with socio-cultural factors reclaiming power from oppressive ideologies. Saunders has a career in the theatre arts, a previous B.F.A. from the University of Alberta’s Acting Conservatory. Weaving her theatre experiences and integrating dramatism and story-telling within her creations - Simone uplifts narratives of Black joy and resilience. 

Simone was named one of 20 "top Compelling Calgarians for 2022". She was awarded the National Winner for the Bank of Montreal's 1st Art Competition in 2020. Simone has been internationally featured, select media credits include: Studio Magazine, Create Magazine, Canada's House&Home Magazine, CBC Arts, CBCq, Studio Magazine, Boooooom, Uppercase Magazine, Love Embroidery (UK), Pom-Pom Magazine (England), Textiel Plus (Netherlands), FairLady (South Africa), Surface Design Journal, Colossal and DesignMilk (USA).

Recent exhibitions include the Minneapolis Art Institute (Minnesota), the Mint Museum (North Carolina), Contemporary Calgary, the Alberta Craft Council for the Arts and Art Museum University of Toronto. Saunders has been collected by several international museums and several solo exhibitions
are in the works for the fall...stay tuned! 



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Hand-Tufted Textiles

Vibrant Designs

one-of-a-kind, carefully hand-crafted
with tufting machine and punch needle. 

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