Richard Cleaver has been carving figures out of clay for over thirty-five years . He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee . The artist has exhibited across the nation, including solo exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art (MD), American University Museum (D.C.), Kohler Arts Center (WI), The Noyes Museum (NJ), Bernice Steinbaum Gallery (New York and Miami), and Franz Bader Gallery (D.C.).
Group exhibitions include Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA), International Sculpture Center(D.C.), Arizona State University Art Museum, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Erie Art Museum (PA), and Corcoran Gallery of Art (D.C.)
Collections include Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, CA), George and Dorothy Saxe ( DeYoung Museum , San Francisco, CA) , Diane and Sandy Besser (Santa Fe, NM) , Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen (D.C) , and the Delaware Art Museum. Awards include the National Endowment for the Arts, Evergreen Foundation, Maryland State Arts Council, The Trawick Prize and the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund grant.