UCCS | Department of Visual And Performing Arts





Claire Rau

Instructor in 2D and 3D Foundations

My work is an exploration of combat, specifically objects that fall into the categories of anti-personnel devices, hand-to-hand arms, and barriers. I am interested in building sculpture that forces the viewer to be a participant as well as an intruder. Inspired by the jungle action movie Predator, the most recent works are booby traps. Dysfunctional in essence through their ominous forms, clearly delineated triggers, and intense colors or patterns, the sculptures become ridiculous objects of menace. Booby traps are typically used on land as a pyschological threat in non-combat areas and are concealed through camouflage or by sabotaging an everyday object. Many of these traps are hand built, using simple materials with additions of manufactured parts. In its very nature, the booby trap is a defense system meant to keep out interlopers and to take advantage of unaware persons, as the mechanism is set off in reaction to the presence of the body. The name itself implies that only a fool or booby would actually activate the trap, as in Predator, where the alien is eventually defeated through a number of very basic entrapments.


M.F.A. University of North Carolina,Chapel Hill, Scholar for Tomorrow Fellow

B.A. in Studio Art, Univeristy of Maine

B.A. in Art History with Minor in Medieval Renaissance Studies, University of Maine

Selected Exhibitions

Texas Tech School of Art, Lubbock, TX

Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY

The Front, New Orleans, LA

Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO

Ford Gallery, University of Eastern Michigan, Ypsilanti, MI

Paul Whitney Larson Gallery, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL

Other Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY

Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy

Bemis Underground, Omaha, NE

Courses I Teach

Lower Division
• Beginning Studio 2D
• Beginning Studio 3D

Upper Division
• Introduction to Artists' Books