Clarissa Sligh

(American, born 1939)

Artist and essayist Clarissa Sligh combines photography and text into powerful narrative artworks, artist books, and installations. Her art explores memory, identity, transformation, and perception.

Sligh received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Hampton Institute in Virginia in 1961; a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Howard University, Washington D.C. in 1972; an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1973; and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Howard University in 1999.

Sligh's artworks have been featured at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Smithsonian's National African American Museum in Washington D.C., among many other institutions. She lives and works in Asheville, North Carolina.