Clarke received her BFA in photography from New Jersey City University in 2011 and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Practice from MICA’s Mount Royal School of Art in 2014. She is an assistant professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. Clarke has been an artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, The Vermont Studio Center, Lighthouse Works, and Yaddo. She has received several grants including the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, Franklin Furnace Fund, a Puffin Foundation Grant and in 2021 a NXTHVN fellowship, a mentorship program co-founded by artist Titus Kaphar in New Haven, CT.
Her work has been screened and performed at Gibney Dance in NY, Invisible Export NY, New School Glassbox Studio NY, FRAC in Nantes, France, SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin and was featured in the Bauhaus Centennial edition Bauhaus Now: Is Modernity an Attitude. Allana Clarke’s first institutional solo exhibition, A Particular Fantasy, is currently on view at Usdan Gallery at Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont and Art Omi, Ghent, New York with complementary installations across venues.