Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, CLARENCE HEYWARD is a painter and collagist. He relocated to North Carolina to study Art Education at North Carolina Central University. Clarence was an Artspace Regional Emerging Artist in Residence in 2021.

He creates paintings and collages as an exploration of his culture. Clarence’s artistic practice is based in the questioning of his identity and circumstance. He seeks ways to engage in dialogues that ultimately leave him connected to those who experience his work. His work is personal. Although creating from his perspective, the human element present in the work creates a connection for all.