Clare Rojas

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Clare E. Rojas
Clare Rojas (visual artist) aka Peggy Honeywell (singer), in Room 205, 2012-06-18.jpg
Born1976 (age 44–45)

Clare Rojas (born 1976 in Columbus, Ohio) is an artist, currently based in San Francisco and is part of the Mission School.[2] She is "known for creating powerful folk-art-inspired tableaus that tackle traditional gender roles."[3] She works in a variety of media, including painting, installations, video, street art, and children's books.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

As a teenager, Rojas visited a nursing home, where she would make portraits in pastel and oil, while she listened to the interesting stories of her subjects.[2]

She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design.[4] At RISD, she originally studied printmaking, which informed her use of color, layering and sizing. In her search for non toxic paint, she discovered gouache, which she used to paint like a printmaker.[2]


Rojas work is inspired by folk art. She loves quilts and loves to tell stories, which is reflected in her work.[5]

In her more recent work, Rojas has moved from figurative paintings into pure geometric abstraction.[6] Inspired by Native American textiles, Quaker Art, and Byzantine mosaics, Rojas creates narratives depicting interactions between humans and animals, focusing on history’s journey to find peace. She brings multiple artistic influences together in her textiles by incorporating abstract geometry found in quilts and architecture.[7] Rojas is known for adding elements of female sexuality into her artwork. She does this to give credit to women and recognize their natural strengths.[7]

Peggy Honeywell[edit]

Rojas also plays guitar and banjo under the stage name Peggy Honeywell.[1] She has released three albums: Honey For Dinner (2001), Faint Humms (2005), and Green Mountain (2006).

Personal life[edit]

Rojas married fellow artist Barry McGee in 2005. She adopted his daughter, Asha (Sanskrit for hope), from his previous marriage to Margaret Kilgallen.[8]

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

Public art[edit]

  • SFO, International Terminal, Gate G Level 3 - Blue Deer 2006-2007, Oil and Pigmented Ink with Gesso Ground on Wood Panels
  • 982 Market Street, San Francisco, the side of the Warfield Theater - Mural 2014, funded by Walter and Elise Haas Fund. (Because of the historic nature of the building the mural was only up for one year.)[14]


  • Project Space Residency, 2003
  • Tournesol Award, Headlands Center for the Arts, 2003[15]
  • Artadia Award, 2005[16]
  • Eureka Fellowship Award, 2005-2007[17]
  • Walter and Elise Haas Fund, 2013-2014[18]
  • Oxbow School Artist in Residence, 2016[19]


Clare Rojas performs under the stage name Peggy Honeywell. She has released three albums:[20]

  • Honey for Dinner (2001)
  • Faint Humms (2005)
  • Green Mountain (2006)


  1. ^ a b c Boas, Natasha. "Clare Rojas". McSweeny's. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Clare Rojas: Causing an Uproar". XLR8R. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  3. ^ Bellman, Erica (November 7, 2013). "On View | Clare Rojas Gets in Touch With Her Abstract Side". NYTimes Magazine. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Clare E. Rojas Biography" (PDF). Gallery Paule Anglim. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 5, 2015. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  5. ^ "Clare Rojas: Causing an Uproar". XLR8R. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  6. ^ Frank, Priscilla (Nov 15, 2013). "Artist Clare Rojas Talks Abstraction, Art Market Gossip And Louie C.K." Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Clare E. Rojas - 71 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsy". Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  8. ^ Goodyear, Dana (August 2015). "A Ghost in the Family". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  9. ^ "Clare Rojas 'Shifted Horizons' Press Release". SOCO GALLERY. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  10. ^ "Clare Rojas – Kavi Gupta Gallery". Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  11. ^ "Past Exhibitions". SOCO GALLERY. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  12. ^ "The inexhaustible middle | Alice Gallery". Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  13. ^ "Clare Rojas: Male Preserve". SFMOMA. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  14. ^ "". Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  15. ^ "Clare Rojas". Headlands Center for the Arts. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  16. ^ "Clare Rojas". Artadia. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  17. ^ "The Fleishhacker Foundation | 2005-2007". Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  18. ^ "Walter & Elise Haas Fund » | 509 Cultural Center & Clare Rojas". Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  19. ^ "Visiting Artists Program - The Oxbow School". Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  20. ^ "Peggy Honeywell". Discogs. Retrieved 21 March 2019.

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