Nancy Blair is an artist and published author. She received her BFA from Alfred University in New York and an MFA from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Jersey. She is a recent recipient of the prestigious Hauberg Fellowship at Pilchuck Glass School where she was also a Professional Artist in Residence, instructor, scholarship recipient, and teaching assistant. She has been a teaching assistant at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, and the Creative Glass Center of America at Wheaton Village in Millville, New Jersey. She is represented by Traver Gallery.
Her mostly narrative sculptures and mixed media works include glass, ceramics and found objects. She has exhibited her art both internationally and nationally, and has been commissioned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Franklin Mint, The Women’s National Education Association, and the United States Olympic Equestrian Museum. Her goddess sculpture was selected for inclusion in Oliver Stone’s movie, The Doors.
Nancy has written five books on ancient art, myth and mystery. Her recent book, Thank You, Your Opinion Means Nothing To Me, a snarky memoir about mid-life, is published by HarperCollinsPublishers. She received critical acclaim in USAWeekend Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, and a highly regarded review by Olympia Dukakis. She has been interviewed internationally for radio and television, and was featured in a PBS special.
She is represented by Traver Gallery with an upcoming solo exhibition of glass sculpture in May 2009 at the Tacoma location. Her mostly narrative sculptures and installation works combine cast glass, ceramics, photography, works on paper, found objects and a series of videos entitled "One Minutes Meds." Her glass sculpture is in the collection of Elton John.
Of Myth and Memory includes sculptures from “The Royal Medicine Dog” and “The Golden Retriever” series. I’ve created a quirky pack of “animal spirits” who act as magical guides, healers, hell-raisers, silly clowns, and serious teachers who remind us that nothing is ever what it seems. In addition, there are over 100 cast glass objects, talismans for contemplation, and a video entitled “One Minute Meds” a collection of short “meditations.”