From her earliest memory, Paula Cleggett’s twin loves of art and reading claimed her fullest attention, later guiding her career. Born in Chicago, Paula attended the Art Institute of Chicago while in high school; she went on to earn a BA in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville; she received an MA in Journalism, from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
She has held a variety of engaging positions, from a freelance writer and calligrapher in Kenya to a government executive in Washington, DC. After retiring from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Paula joined The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University as associate director for policy.
Currently, she serves as a Teaching Artist with Arts for the Aging, an organization that engages older adults through participation in multi-disciplinary arts. Mostly, she devotes her time to strengthening her drawing and painting skills.