Clayton Pond was born in the Bayside, NY in 1942. Pond studied at Pratt Institute in New York where he earned an MFA. He taught art at C.W. Post College of Long Island University, the School of Visual Art, New York, and the University of Wisconsin.
The USA State Department awarded Pond a grant to conduct silkscreening workshops in five African countries. Other awards and purchase prizes include: SAGA, Bradley National Print Show, National Print Exhibition, Kalamazoo, Michigan; Boston Printmakers Exhibition; National Print and Drawing Exhibition, Albion College; National Print & Drawing Exhibition Knoxville, Tennessee; and Colorprint USA West Texas Museum. Pond's work is collected and exhibited by museums including: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Pasadena Art Museum; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Chicago Art Institute; Madison Art Center, Wisconsin; Columbia Museum of Art, Georgia; Bank of New York; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Michigan; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; and National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, DC. Clayton Pond's works are in US Embassies in Cotonou, Canberra, Bamako, Dakar Ismir, Saigon, Tehran, Beirut, Ankara, Tunis, Amman, Baghdad, New Delhi, Katmandu, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, and Athens.