A lifelong Californian, Nancy received her BA degree from Chico State University and later went on to earn her Master’s degree in sculpture from San Jose State University.
She has been an active volunteer and docent for the Monterey Museum of Art, and ran an outreach program for an elementary school in Salinas. As an Adjunct-Professor, Nancy has taught photography at Hartnell College for the past eight years, often sharing with her students the astute exhibitions at the Center for Photographic Art.
Nancy is both a practicing artist and a curator. In 2018, her alternative processes photography was included in CPA’s Artists as Teachers exhibition. In early 2019, her impressive solo exhibition Resampled & Rearranged: Musical Objects Recomposed, featured large-scale installation work in the two-story gallery at Hartnell College. Her process highlights repurposed found and discarded instruments taken from the dump and off the streets, and makes use of their broken parts to explore the possibilities of new arrangements, new beginnings and new ways of seeing. She has also participated in many of CPA’s annual 8 x 10 fundraising exhibitions.
In addition to being an art maker, Nancy is also a curator. In 2016 she curated the exhibition Dress Tents, by artists Robin Lasser and Adriane Pao for the Center for Photographic Art. She has also curated a number of other exhibitions, including Modified and Re-Modified, two group exhibitions featuring artists who repurpose the found object, and Sonic, a group show of artists using sound as their medium.
Nancy’s photographs can be found in the collection of the Monterey Museum of Art, her mixed-media work which combines the photograph and the found object, in the Katie and Drew Gibson Collection, and her sculptural work, Lady Be Good, at the Westland House – Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.
Most recently, Nancy assisted with the Henry Horenstein Workshop for CPA and went on tour to Cambodia with former Assistant Director Rick Murai.