Claudia Smalley’s passion to express creativity through the visual arts stemmed as a child and continued through college, where she studied Industrial Design and Art History, graduating with Highest Honors from the University of Illinois in Champaign (UIUC). She continued her studies at UIUC to receive a dual-focused Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Marketing and General Management. Her passion for data, which is often an inspiration for her work, led her to earn a Masters of Science (MS) in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Claudia's work has been featured on Bravo Channel's 'The Girlfriend Experience' and has been featured on TLC's 'Craft Wars', hosted by Tori Spelling. She is recognized by the State of Illinois as an Illinois Artisan, and has shown work at venues including the Polish Museum of America. She has been mentioned in publications such as the Chicago Reader, CBS Chicago, Business News Daily, and La Republica, (L’Espresso), an Italian Newspaper.
When asked about her dedication to art, she responds, "Art is absolutely a critical part of my life, one that allows me to stay connected with my creative roots, as well as with my community."