Born in Athens, Greece, Claudia McDonough is the daughter of a diplomat. She received her BA from Hampshire College in Massachusetts, and her MFA from Southern Methodist University in Texas in 1988. Claudia moved to Baltimore in 1991. Formally trained as a painter, canvas gave way to multi-media sculpture and textiles. She has been awarded multiple Maryland State Arts Council Artist Grants for her work and has been an artist-in-residence at the BEMIS Center for Contemporary Art Residency (Omaha, NE) and School 33 Art Center Residency (Baltimore, MD). Her work has been exhibited nationally in venues such as Area 405 (Baltimore, MD), Salem College (Winston-Salem, NC), Arlington Museum of Art (Arlington, TX), and the Meadows Museum (Dallas, TX). She has been reviewed in publications such as The Baltimore SunCity PaperWinston-Salem Monthly, and Winston-Salem Journal.