Cora Cluett was born in Nova Scotia and was educated at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (BFA) and the University of Guelph (MFA). She was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal for her graduate work at Guelph. Her paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions that have taken place in international, national and regional venues. She has received numerous artist grants and awards and her work is represented in public, corporate and private collections. Aspects of her painting practice have been included in a substantial publication by Roald Naasgard, Abstract Painting in Canada, 2007 as well as Carte Blanche 2: Painting, the Magenta Foundation, 2008. In 2014, she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Cluett is an Associate Professor within the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo. She is married to the Scottish painter, Paul Dignan and has one child, Olivia (Liv) Dignan.