Adrean Clark Bio Picture

Adrean Clark, MFA is an ASL Deaf author and artist. She is a proud graduate of the North Carolina School for the Deaf, alumnx of Gallaudet University, and alumnx of Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA in Visual Art). Her work has a strong underlying thread of capturing the cultural vitality of American Sign Language in various illustrative forms.

Adrean’s books were one of the first, if not the first culturally ASL Deaf ebooks on the Apple iBookstore and Amazon Kindle markets. She drew on her 8 years of experience working as Creative Director of The Tactile Mind Press and its successor Clerc Scar to produce those books.

Adrean is also an advocate for many issues relating to the culturally Deaf and signing communities. (One of her largest projects, the White House petition for recognition of ASL, successfully garnered over 37,000 signatures with the incredible support of friends, family, and community.)

She currently makes her home in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with her husband, writer and poet John Lee Clark, their three creative kids, and two adorable cats.

Group Exhibitions:

April 2014 – “De’VIA: The New Wave” Gallaudet University
October 2011 – “Putting Creativity to Work” VSA of Minnesota


Artist Puts Sign Language Into Written Form – Ruth Nerhaugen, Red Wing Republican Eagle
Interview with Artist Adrean Clark – Michael Northen, Wordgathering
The Passionate Lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People – Karen Putz
Sign Language Supporter Awaits White House Response – Gail Rosenblum, Star Tribune


8 Ways to Be Deaf (out of print)
The Census Taker and Other Deaf Humor
Survival ASL: 25 Essential Signs for Kids
ASL Rápido: 25 Señas Importantes Para Niños
Survival ASL: 25 Essential Signs for Dating
Getting Rich in the eBook Gold Rush: A Mining Kit for Comic Artists (out of print)
How to Write American Sign Language (out of print)
ASL for a Better Life (limited edition chapbook)

Further publications are:

2012 Abbe de l’Epee Special Issue, Art’Pi Guest Comic
2009-2011 The Lighter Side, RID Views
2010 Fall on Me, Nemu*Nemu, and Odori Park Guest Comics
2009 City Pages Comix Issue – “Sota Soda” and “Minnesota Thrice Nice” comic strips
2009 Little Funny #22 “The Glass Pane: A Deaf/Hearing Story”
2005 NADmag Cover, “Emerging Technologies”
2005 “Roadkill Date” Guest Comic Strip, Kevin and Kell 9: Straight Outta Computers

Honors and Awards:

2021 – Minnesota State Arts Board Creative Support Grant
2018 – Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art, Vermont College of Fine Arts
2016 – Anderson Center Deaf Artists’ Residency
2013 – Grassroots Advocacy Award by the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans
March 2013 – Deaf Person of the Month at Deaf Life Magazine
2010 – VSA Project Grant for Emerging Artists with Disabilities

Keep in touch via email at [email protected] or via Twitter and Facebook!