Clea Felien

Assistant Professor of Art Studio

Clea Felien
Clea Felien


Art 134

Office Hours

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. And by Appointment

Advising Area

General Advisor

Zoom: | Drop in hours: Friday, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Courses Taught

  • ARTS 220 Beginning Painting

  • ARTS 320 Intermediate Painting

  • ARTS 420 Advanced Painting

  • ARTS 202 Beginning Drawing  

  • ARTS 302 Intermediate Drawing 

  • ARTS 204 Beginning Life Drawing  

  • ARTS 395 Community Involvement  

  • ARTS 465 BFA Seminar  

  • ARTS 466 BFA Portfolio  

  • ARTS 470 Art Theory and Practice 

  • ARTS 491 Visiting Artists’ Lecture Series  

  • ARTS 495 Independent Studies

  • ARTS 495 Special Topics in Art Studio  

  • ARTS 499 Internship


MFA, Painting and Art Theory, Vermont College, Montpelier, VT

BFA, Printmaking and Drawing, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

Five years study in 19th Century French Academic painting and drawing at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art, Minneapolis, MN 

One year of study in anatomical drawing at the Art Students League, New York, NY

Three years study at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (courses in printmaking and art history)



Clea Felien is a visual artist whose work is predominantly paintings and drawings that combine abstraction and realism to visually represent memory and loss. Additionally, she does work in video sculpture and installation. 

Clea Felien has been exhibiting her work in Midwest and East Coast galleries and Museums for over fifteen years.  Her exhibitions include shows at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art NYC, MASS MoCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, The Museum of Northern California Artists, Chico, CA, The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN., The Figge Museum, Davenport IA, The Minnesota Museum of American Art, Minnesota Biennial, MAEP Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, A.I.R. Gallery New York City, NY., Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN. MAEP Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN. 

Felien’s work has appeared in “One, Catalogue of One Minute Film Festival” published in 2014 by Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, (MASS MoCA); “New American Paintings” published in 2004 by The Open Studios Press; and “Art Papers” published in 2003. Felien has attended residencies at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2017, and Loft345 in Guangzhou, China in 2014.