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Claudia Sisemore


Teacher, artist and filmmaker Claudia Sisemore was “hot stuff” when she was 21, says Layne Meacham of his former Hillside Junior High teacher. “All the guys would talk about her and her silver Jag XKE,” the Salt Lake City artist recalls. Local artist Trent Thursby Alvey, then an 8th-grade creative-writing student of Sisemore’s, agrees:  “She was single, wore stiletto heels and cashmere sweaters and drove a hot car.” More important than her style, however, was Sisemore’s creative influence. “She set the tone for my whole life of creativity in that class,” Alvey says.


Read our profile of Claudia Sisemore in the June 2015 edition of 15 Bytes.

A graduate of the University of Utah, Ann Poore is a freelance writer and editor who spent most of her career at The Salt Lake Tribune. She also worked for Salt Lake City Weekly and has written for such publications as Utah Business Magazine and Salt Lake Magazine.

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  1. I am so enlightened by Ann Poore’s feature about Claudia Sisemore. I know her paintings because I had worked at Phillips for awhile. I would not recognize Claudia walking down the street. But if I saw just
    one of her paintings , I would know which artist…and in this case it is Claudia.

    Thanks to Ann Poore for this most infomative article about the very beginnings of abstract art making and
    it’s way into Utah. art .. Important years as abstract art was not given a good reception.

    Congratulations to Claudia Sisemore and her upcoming governor’s honor award.
    And thanks to Ann Poore for writing a very informative and enjoyable article … filled with the history
    for all to enjoy and appreciate.

  2. Claudia has been under recognized as a painter. Now she is getting great recognition. I like the fact that she has artist friends of all ages. Her creative energy endures.

  3. I agree with Trent, Claudia Sisemore was a great inspiration in my early life and set the tone for years to come. It was her no non-sense class structure that kept us all on task. She made me feel like I could do anything. Thanks Claudia

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