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Claudia S. Liberatore papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-191

Scope and Contents

Collection contains photographic prints, negatives, slides and contact sheets, as well as gallery and business files of Grand Rapids photographer Claudia S. Liberatore, dating from 1980 to 2006. The collection also contains scrapbooks and photograph albums, newspaper clippings, and other files documenting Liberatore's life and career. The bulk of the collection consists of negative sheets and corresponding contact sheets, which have been removed from their original 3-ring binders for preservation.

Among projects for her education, exhibitions, and teaching, Claudia often documented her travels and her family, most specifically her children and their beloved dog Norman, affectionately "Norm" for short. Liberatore enjoyed Medium Format using her Rolleiflex Twin Reflex Lens Camera; she also enjoyed print manipulation within the darkroom (double exposures, sandwiched negatives, light maniupulation, etc.).

Many of her photographs were taken in the Grand Rapids and West Michigan area, but she also traveled and photographed abroad in locations such as Ireland, Italy, and France.

Dates

  • 1980 - 2006

Creator

Access to the Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

The collection is the physical property of Grand Valley State University, but all literary rights are retained by the original creators of materials, their estates, heirs, or third parties. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure appropriate permissions for publication beyond the bounds of fair use.

Biographical / Historical

Claudia Siewert Liberatore was born May 11, 1946 in Virginia, Minnesota to parents Mary and Si Siewert and grew up in Rochester, New York with her four siblings. She earned her B.S. in Psychology, minoring in Biology and Philosophy, from Marquette University in 1968. Liberatore then earned a M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1971. In the 1970s, Claudia married her husband (now divorced) Richard "Rich" Vincent Liberatore and had her three children; Chiara ('76), Joshua ('78), and Daniel ('80).

While spending time as a busy mother and an occupational therapist to special needs children, Liberatore decided to explore her love for photography. She has been quoted many times saying that she probably was inspired to pursue photography by growing up in Rochester, also the home to the Eastman Kodak Company.

She attended the Photography Institute at Lansing Community College from 1981-1984. Liberatore then earned her MFA in Photography, with a sub-emphasis in Printmaking, from the University of Michigan, which she attended from 1985-1987. Liberatore also spent time in 1990 at the Maine Photographic Workshop.

Liberatore pursued a career as a freelance photographer from 1983-2000. She also taught photography at Hope College, Aquinas College, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Grand Valley State University throughout 1988-1993.

Claudia Liberatore has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, has earned many awards and accolades, and has had her works in exhibitions and permanent collections worldwide. Some of these collections include: University of Michigan, County College of Morris, the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), the City of Grand Rapids, the Barbican in London, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, and she was featured twice in an exhibition hosted by the Salon de L'Union des Femmes Peintres et Sculpteurs, established in 1881; in 1993 – Grand Palais des Champs Elysees, and in 1994 – l'Espace Austerlitz.

Most notably to Grand Rapids fame, Liberatore was commissioned by the Frederik Meijer Gardens in 1997 to document and exhibit her travels through Italy, "Il Giardino di Perugia (The Gardens of Perugia)," to complement the Perugino show at the GRAM.

Among projects for her education, exhibitions, and teaching, Claudia often documented her travels and her family, most specifically her children and their beloved dog Norman, affectionately "Norm" for short.

Liberatore enjoyed Medium Format using her Rolleiflex Twin Reflex Lens Camera; she also enjoyed print manipulation within the darkroom (double exposures, sandwiched negatives, light maniupulation, etc.). Claudia S. Liberatore still lives in East Grand Rapids.

Extent

7.25 Linear feet (17 boxes and 1 roll)

Language of Materials

English

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Claudia S. Liberatore, 2020.

Title
Guide to the Claudia S. Liberatore Papers, 1980-2006
Status
Completed
Author
Rachel Tharp and Annie Benefiel
Date
2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States
616-331-8726