Clarissa R Gerber grew up in Connecticut before attending college in New York. She graduated from Alfred University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Fine Arts and Philosophy of Religion. For a year before pursuing her graduate studies, she was an adjunct faculty member of philosophy at Alpena Community College in Alpena, Michigan. In 2011, Gerber received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Michigan State University where she was awarded a MSU Graduate Assistantship and a Graduate Merit Fellowship. Gerber’s studies and interest in philosophy, psychology, and gender studies have greatly influenced her paintings, especially her research of Michel Foucault, C. G. Jung, and Linda Nochlin. Her work has been exhibited numerous times in national juried exhibitions, including the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Brooklyn, New York; Gallery 263 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, Illinois; and First Street Gallery in New York City. Gerber previously taught art at Eastern Connecticut State University, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and Middlesex Community College in Connecticut, and she is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.