Nancy Simonds

According to Boston Artist, Nancy Simonds; “I make large-scale abstract gouache paintings on paper and panel. In each of my OVOID, BLOCK STACK, ARC SWEEP and CROPPED OVOID series I use different arrangements of shapes and colors to create a feeling of transcendent order. These images are anti-chaos. All strive for a connection to a moment for reflection resolution and calm." Nancy Simonds, a graduate of the school of the Museum of Fine Arts and Smith College, has been exhibiting her work since 1978 in solo and group shows throughout the US. Her work is in public and private collections.

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Nancy Simonds Description

According to Boston Artist, Nancy Simonds; “I make large-scale abstract gouache paintings on paper and panel.  In each of my OVOID, BLOCK STACK, ARC SWEEP and CROPPED OVOID series I use different arrangements of shapes and colors to create a feeling of transcendent order. These images are anti-chaos. All strive for a connection to a moment for reflection resolution and calm. My works have luxuriant protean color and are infused with sublime soft texture.

In painting each piece there is an experience of exhilaration and renewal. In each painting I stack and pile simple shapes, placing then sizing and creating visual relationships that build to larger rhythms. My best paintings work like Japanese haiku; each image is paired down to its essentials and each becomes a complete world of its own. In these paintings I aim for an effect deeper than the joy of beautiful surface and color; I want to generate visual places, points of departure for states of serenity and contemplation.

In my OVOID series, I enjoy the play of organic shapes against the white of the background creating tension as the ovals touch or separate in varying degrees. These images reflect velvety textures such as moss as well as disparate edges, sizes and patterns coexisting in nature. Each shape is drawn and carved out by the edge of the brush.

I use gouache paint on Reeves printmaking paper; I blot and dab myriad hues to create complex and delicate surfaces. It is the thrill of potential in each new piece that keeps me exploring in the studio.”

Nancy Simonds, a graduate of the school of the Museum of Fine Arts and Smith College, has been exhibiting her work since 1978 in solo and group shows throughout the US.  Her work is in public and private collections.

Nancy Simonds Resumé

EDUCATION

 

1978   Fifth Year Certificate, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Ma.

1977   Diploma, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Ma.

1974   Museum of Fine Arts,Research Laboratory, Boston, Ma, student in the examination of works of art

1972   Bachelor of Art, Smith College, Northampton, Ma.(drawing with Gregory Gillespie)

1971   Intercollegiate Center for Classical Students, Rome, Italy

PUBLIC ART COMMISSION

2011 Beacon of Color Commissioned by the City of Cambridge (CAC) CORNER OF SPRING AND FIRST STREETS, CAMBRIDGE, MA (5000 sq foot project,Sintra Board and acrylic )

SELECTED SOLO, TWO AND THREE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2019      Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, VA (SOLO)

2018       Barba Contemporary Art, Palm Springs CA (Two Person)

2017       Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, ME (SOLO)

2016     The Portland Gallery, Portland, ME (SOLO)

2016     Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA (SOLO)

2016       Michelle Mercaldo, Boston, MA  (SOLO)

2016       McGowan Fine Art, Concord, NH (SOLO)

2015     15th Street Studio, Boulder CO: Anti-Chaos, Color & Shape Play (SOLO)

2015     Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA (SOLO)

2014     Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA (SOLO)

2013     REVERIE IN COLOR AND SHAPE, Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, MA (SOLO)

2013     Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA (SOLO)

2012     POP UP: POP OUT New Work (Ellen Rich, Nancy Simonds & Heidi Whitman) Gallery 535,

                Boston MA

2012     Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA (SOLO)

2011     Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA (SOLO)

2010     Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA (SOLO)

2009     Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA (SOLO)

2009     Extraordinary, Jules Place, Boston, MA

2006     New Gouaches on Paper, Michele Mercaldo Gallery, Boston, Ma  (SOLO)

2005     Working the Grid: 3 Artists, Towne Art Gallery, Wheelock College, Boston, MA

1999    University Club, Boston, MA(SOLO)

1996     Between the Muse Gallery, Rockland, ME (three-person)

1991     New York Bank, Boston, MA (SOLO)

1989    Habitat Institute, Belmont, MA

1989   Boston Lasergraphics, Boston, MA

1988   Hillyer Corridor Gallery, Smith College, Northampton, MA (two-person)

1988   Main Street Gallery, Nantucket, MA

1987   Main Street Gallery, Nantucket, MA

1985      Alumna Invitational, Beaver Country Day School, Chestnut Hill, MA ?(Ben Aronson Gallery Director)

 

GROUP EXHIBITION

2019   On the Rocks,  Susan Eley Fine Art, New York, NY

2019   Portland Art Gallery, 3 Person Show, Portland, ME

2019   Lending Corporate Artist, deCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

2018   Artgrageous, Montserrat Collage of Art, Beverly, MA

2018   William McCartin and More, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

2017   Perceptions, Barba Contemporary Art, Palm Springs, CA

2017   Inaugural Group Exhibition, Gallery at Bald Head Cliff, Cape Neddick, ME

2017   National Juried Exhibibition:Making Your Mark, Kathryn Wat, juror, Providence Arts Club, Providence RI

2017   The Dean’s Gallery, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2016   Mass College of Art Auction, Boston, MA

2015   Looking at YOU, Small Works, Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA

2015   Sculptured and 30D, 15th St Studio, Boulder CO

2015   Annual Aids Benefit Exhibition, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA

2015   Group Exhibtion, The Asticou Connection, Town Hill, ME

2015   Group Exhibition, The Portland Art Gallery, Portland ME

2015   Butler Institute of American ART, 79th MIDYEAR NATIONAL SHOW, Youngstown, OH

2015   Off the Wall/Community of Artists, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA

2015   Mass College of Art Auction, MA College of Art,Boston, MA

2014   The Painting Center is Turning 21, The Painting Center, NY, NY

2014   Collage and Construction, Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA

2014   Meredyth Hyatt Moses in Newtown, Surface, Strokes and Light, Kelly Roy Gallery, Newtown, CT

2014   Off the Wall/Community of Artitsts, Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA

2014    Selections, 15th Street Studio, Boulder, CO

2013   Exploring New Directions in Visual Arts, Preservation Institute, Nantucket, MA

2013   3-D and On The WALL, Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA

2013   What Goes Around, Andrew Tavarelli,juror, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA

2013   Mavericks and Masters, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2012   W POP UP Curated by Meredyth Moses, Stuart St, Boston, MA

2012   Collage, Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA

2012   Small Works Salon 2D, Maud Morgan Arts, Cambridge, MA (Victoria Munroe Juror)

2012   14th Annual Fidelity Investments Juried Exhibition:Growth, Providence Art Club, RI

            Diana Gaston, Judith Tannenbaum, Steven Zevitas, jurors

2011, 2012 and 2103 Community of Artists Juried Exhibition, Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA

2012     16th Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston, MA Joy Kant Fine Art, Newton, MA

2011   ARTCETERA 2011, Boston, MA

2011   15th Boston International Fine Art Show, Joy Kant Fine Art,Newton, MA.

2011     Jettisoning the Safe/Delving in the Uncertain, Nantucket Arts Council, Nantucket ,MA

2011   Simmons Collects, Celebrating Women Artists, Boston, MA

2011   MassArt 22nd Annual Benefit Art Auction, Boston, MA

2011     OVOIDS, The Golden Door, The Boulders, Carefree, AZ

2011   34 Harper College National Art Exhibition, Small Works, Palatine, ILL

2010   The Contemporary Landscape, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME

2011   NEST, Michelle Mercaldo Gallery, Boston, MA

2010     Off the Wall and Community of Artists Juried Exhibitions, Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA

2010   University of Maine Museum of Art, Inaugural I-95 Triennial, Bangor, ME

2009   The Boston Drawing Project, 10 Years and Going Strong, Carroll & Sons, Boston, MA

2009     17th Annual Nantucket Arts Festival Exhibition, Nantucket Arts Council, Nantucket , MA

2009     Contemporary at the Coast II, McGowan Fine Art at the Coolidge Center for the Arts, Portsmouth, NH

2009   Dux Femina Facti: A Woman is in Charge, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME

2009   Off the Wall, Danforth Museum of Art, Joseph Carroll and Lisa Tung,jurors, Framingham, MA

2008   Calculated Color, Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod Community College, West Barnstable, MA

2008    Subtraction of Distraction: Abstract Works on Paper, Susan Maasch Gallery, Portland, MA

2008   New Work: Realism to Abstraction, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, Me

2007   Biennial, NH Institute of Art, Pamela Clark Cochrane, juror, Concord, NH

2007   New Directions 07, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

2007    Summer Show, Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA

2007    The Drawing Project, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA

2007   Winter Group Show, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME

2006   10th Annual  Boston International  Fine Art Show, Joy Kant Fine Arts, Boston, Ma.

2006   49TH Annual Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art, Chautauqua  Institution, Chautauqua, NY, Lois Grachos, Director of the Albright Knox Museum of Art, Juror

2006   70th National Midyear Exhibition, The Butler Institute of American Art , Peter Plagens, juror, Youngstown, OH

2006   United South End Artists at Logan Airport, Boston, MA

2006   International Juried Show, Patterson Sims, Juror(Director of Montclair Art Museum) Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ

2006   Red, Cambridge Art Association, Nick Capasso Juror, Cambridge, Ma

2005   December Show, Linda Durnell Galley, Los Gatos, CA

2005   New Talent of New England, 1st Annual Juried Exhibition, Lillian Lambrechts, juror, Curator,  Bank  of  America, Gallery AA/B, Boston, Ma.

2005   Working the Grid: 3 Artists, Towne Art Gallery, Wheelock College, Boston, Ma.

2005   Joy Kant Fine Art, Waban, Ma

2005   A Token of my Affection, Tercera Gallery, Los Gatos, Ca

2004   ARTCETERA, Boston, Ma.

2004   The Museum School at Mario Russo, Portia Harcus,curator, Boston, Ma.

2004   Works on Paper, the Wheeler Gallery, Providence, RI

2004   The Color Project/ Esther M. Klein Gallery, University Science Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

2004   Virginia Boyce Gallery, Group Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ

2004   Winter White/Back in Black, Clifford-Smith Gallery, Boston, Ma.

2004   39th Juried Exhibition, Associated Artists, Winston-Salem, NC

2004   New Jersey Center  for Visual Art International ’04, Charlotta Kotik,juror, Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum(NY), Summit, NJ

2003   Celebrate with Art, Invitational,Cambridge Art Association ,Cambridge, Ma.

2003   Joy Kant Fine Art, Waban, Ma.

2003   New Art ’03, Kingston Gallery, Boston, Ma. , William Stover, juror

2003   Tangent Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.

2002   Tercera Gallery, Los Gatos, Ca

2002   ARTCETERA, Boston, Ma.

2002   The Drawing Project Show, James Hull , curator, Boston, Ma.

2001   Juried National, Cambridge Art Association, Maxwell Anderson, juror, Cambridge, Ma.

2001   16th Annual Nation Works on Paper, Richard Ash, juror, University of Texas at Tyler, Tx.

2001   Workshop traditions, Printmaking in Boston Since 1960, Boston University, Boston, Ma.

2001   The Drawing Project, James Hull, curator, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, Ma.

2000   DeCordova Downtown, Art that Means Business, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Boston, Ma.

2000   Boston Open Studios Coalition, Registry of Deeds, Boston, Ma.

2000   64th Annual Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH.

2000   11th Annual National Exhibition, Viridian Gallery, NYE, Charlotta Kotik, juror, Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.

2000   The Art Connection-Making Connections, Boston Cultural Council, Boston City Hall, Boston, Ma.

1999 Cindy Bordeau Fine Arts,Chicago, Ill.

1996   Between the Muse Gallery, Rockland, Me.( three person show)

1996   San Diego Art Institute 41st Annual International, Peter Frank, juror, San Diego, Ca.

1994   Women’s Caucus of Art, Deborah Muirhead, juror, Grossman Gallery, Boston, Ma.

1994   Rutgers National ‘94 Works on Paper, Faith Ringold and Elizabeth Sussman, jurors, State                     University of New Jersey-Rutgers, Camden, NJ.

1993   Anything But Paper Prayers, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Tom Grabosky, curator, Boston, Ma.

1993   South End Connects II, Camilia Genovese and David Sullivan, jurors, Boston  Center for the Arts,                 Boston, Ma.

1992   New England/New Talent, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Ma.

1992   Positive/Negative, Gael Stack, juror, Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State                                                          University, Johnson City, Tn.

1992   New Art ‘92, Robert Evans,juror(director of Danforth Museum) Kingston Gallery,  Boston, Ma.

1992   National Art Competition, Thomas Lawson, juror (Dean of Art, California Institute of the Arts, Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, Mo.

1989   21st W&J National Painting Show, Allan D’Arcangelo, juror, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, Pa.

1989   Galex 23, National Juried Competition, William Struve, juror, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, Ill.

1986   4th Annual Prize Competition, Will Barnet, juror, Provincetown Art Association,                     Provincetown, Ma.

1983   15 W&J National Painting Show, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pa.1983 Galex 17, Annual Competitive Exhibition, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg,           Ill.

1983   60 Boston Artists, City Hall, Boston,Ma.        

1982   Allied Artists of America, National Arts Club, New York, N. Y.

1981   “Still-Life”. Boston Visual Artists Union, Boston,Ma.        

1981   “Contemporary Women Artists”, Grove Street Gallery,Worcester, Ma.

1979   First Drawing Annual, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, Ma.

1978   Traveling Fellowship Competition, School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Ma.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Studio Visit, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA Volume 20, 2013, Jonathan Greene, juror

Studio Visit, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA Volume 6, 2009,

Studio Visit, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA Volume 4, 2008, Carl Belz, juror

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS  (OVER 50)

Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Holyoke, MA

Northeast Allergy, Leominster, MA

Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA

Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

Loomis Sayles & Company, Boston, MA

Riverstone Resources, Manchester, VT

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, VT

Victory House, Boston, MA

CrossHarbor Capital Partners, CA

Nutter McClennen & Fish, Boston, MA

Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

New England OB-GYN-Brookline, MA

PGA National Resort & Spa, W. Palm Beach, FL

Merrill Lynch, Boston, MA

Park Hyatt Resort, Beaver Creek, CO

Analysis Group, NYC, NY

4006 Ventures, Boston, MA

Bromberg & Sunstein LLP

Wainwright Investment Counsel, Boston, MA

Boston Private Bank, Boston, MA

Nelson, Kinder, Mosseau, & Saturley, Boston, MA

The Westin, Boston, MA

Convexity Capitol Management, Boston, MA

Moody, Famiglietti, & Andronico, LLP, Tewksbury, MA

The Waverly Restaurant, Atlanta, GA

National Book Network, Lanham, MD

Bank of America, Boston, Ma.

TIAX, Cambridge, Ma.

Top of the Hub, Boston, Ma.

Acadian Asset Management, Boston, Ma.

Griffith Properties,Boston, Ma

ValueAct Capital, Boston, Ma.

Capital G, Hamilton, Bermuda

Cypress Lofts, Brookline, Ma.

Starwood Hotels

Overland  Capital, Boston, Ma.

Ernst & Young, Boston, MA

Straumann USA, Inc., Andover , MA

Atelier 505, Boston, MA

Boston Properties, Boston, MA

Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Boston, MA

Monaco  Hotel, Washington, DC

Adam & Co., London, England

Massachusetts Financial Services, Boston, MA

Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, MA

Hill and Barlow, Boston, MA

Nancy and Bill Osgood, Vermont

Harvard Common Press, Boston, MA

Private Chef Services, Boston, MA

William Pierce III, Boston, MA

New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA

Anderson, Adler, Cohen and Harvey, Boston, MA

Bingham, Dana and Gould, Boston, MA

Charlesbank Capital Partners

Goodwin Procter and Hoar, Boston, MA

H. C. Wainwright, Boston, MA

A. M. Kearney, Chicago, ILL and NY

McGrath House, Boston, MA

Rosalind Gorin, Boston, MA

Dana Farber Hospital, Boston, MA

Irving Rabb, Cambridge, MA

Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

Leggatt McCall Properties, Boston, MA

Hale and Dorr, Boston, MA

Wellesley Design Consultants, Wellesley, MA

Lasalle Partners, Chicago, Ill

Clark and Elbing, Boston, MA

Burns and Levinson, Boston, MA

Unico, Auburndale, MA

180 Beacon Street Trust, Boston, MA

Forest City Commercial Group, Cambridge, MA

H.C. Wainwright, Boston, MA

Conn, Kavanaugh, Rosenthal, Peisch & Ford, Boston, MA

State Street Bank & Trust Co. Boston, MA

 

 

AWARDS

2017   Honorable Mention, Making Your Mark, Providence Arts Club National Juried Exhibition, Kathryn Wat, juror, of the National Museum of Women in the Arts

2000   Honorable Mention, Abstraction for a New Millennium, Anne Ellegood, curator at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY

1991   Semi-Finalist, New Artists, Gloria Wilcher Memorial Exhibition, Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH

1986   Honorable Mention, 4th Annual Exhibition, Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, NY

1986   3rd Prize, Annual Competition, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA

1983   Juror’s Choice, (Sondra Freckelton), W & J National Painting Show, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA

 

REVIEWS and ARTICLES

2016  Art New England, Sept/Oct, Preview, Shape Shifting and Radiant Chroma, McGowan Fine Art, Concord, NH, by David Raymond

2016   Maine Home and Design, The Canvas, March Issue

2016   Maine Home and Design, The Art Collector Maine Issue page 44

2002-03 Art New England, Barbara O’Brien, Regional Review, Spotlight  9/11

1982   Review/Art by Robert Taylor:“Still-life, Boston Visual Artists Union Gallery, Boston Globe, MA “82

 

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