NANCY SIMONDS

Statement

I make large-scale abstract gouache paintings on paper and panel.  Different arrangements of ovals and colors 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. The shape is drawn and carved out by the edge of the brush. My paintings work like Japanese haiku; the image is paired down to its essentials and it becomes a complete world of its own. 
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.
Also, I use acrylics on sintra panels.  I used this medium to create a 5000 square foot exterior Public Art Installation, Beacon of Color, commissioned by the City of Cambridge, MA  to “add visual vibrancy to (a) busy (urban) area….for all those who live and work in the neighborhood.”

 

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 
1972          Bachelor of Arts, Smith College, Northampton, MA (studied with Gregory Gillespie)
1971          Intercollegiate Center for Classical Students, Rome, Italy

 

Public Art Commission
2011          Beacon of Color, 5000 square ft. outdoor project commissioned by the City of Cambridge.  Images:
                 http://www2.cambridgema.gov/gallery/?albumID=495&level=album


Selected Solo Exhibitions
2013          Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA  
                  Reverie in Color and Shape, Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, MA 
2012          Pop Up: Pop Out, New Work Gallery 535, Boston MA
                  Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, Ma 
2011          Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA 
2010          Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA 
2009          Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA 
1999          University Club, Boston, MA 
1991          New York Bank, Boston, MA 


Selected Group Exhibitions    
2013          Exploring New Directions in Visual Arts, Preservation Institute, Nantucket, MA
                  What Goes Around, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA
                  Mavericks and Masters, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA    
2012          W Pop Up, W Hotel, Boston, MA
                  14th Annual Fidelity Investments Juried Exhibition:Growth, Providence Art Club, RI
2011, 2012 and 2103 Community of Artists Juried Exhibition, Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA
        16th Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston, MA, Joy Kant Fine Art, Newton, MA
2011          ArtCetera 2011, Boston, MA
                 Jettisoning the Safe/Delving in the Uncertain, Nantucket Arts Council, Nantucket ,MA
                 Simmons Collects: Celebrating Women Artists, Boston, MA
2011          Ovoids, The Golden Door, The Boulders, Carefree, AZ
                 34 Harper College National Art Exhibition, Palatine, IL
2010          The Contemporary Landscape, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME
                  Off the Wall and Community of Artists, Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA
                  Inaugural I-95 Triennial, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME
2009          The Boston Drawing Project, 10 Years and Going Strong, Carroll & Sons, Boston, MA
                   Contemporary at the Coast II, McGowan Fine Art at the Coolidge Center for the Arts, Portsmouth,                           NH
                   Off the Wall, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
2008          Calculated Color, Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod Community College, West Barnstable, MA
2007          Biennial, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Concord, NH
                   New Directions 07, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
                   The Drawing Project, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
2006          10th Annual  Boston International  Fine Art Show, Joy Kant Fine Arts, Boston, Ma.
                   49TH Annual Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art, Chautauqua Institution,                     Chautauqua, NY
                   70th National Midyear Exhibition, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
                   United South End Artists at Logan Airport, Boston, MA
                   International Juried Show, Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ
                   Red, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
2005          Working the Grid: 3 Artists, Towne Art Gallery, Wheelock College, Boston, MA
                   December Show, Linda Durnell Galley, Los Gatos, CA
                   New Talent of New England, 1st Annual Juried Exhibition, Bank of  America, Gallery AA/B, Boston,           MA
2004          The Museum School at Mario Russo, Boston, MA
                   The Color Project, Esther M. Klein Gallery, University Science Center, Philadelphia, PA
                   39th Juried Exhibition, Associated Artists, Winston-Salem, NC
                   New Jersey Center for Visual Art International ’04, Summit, NJ
2003          Celebrate with Art Invitational, Cambridge Art Association ,Cambridge, MA
                   New Art ’03, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA
2002          Tercera Gallery, Los Gatos, CA
2001          Juried National, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA 
                  16th Annual National Works on Paper, University of Texas at Tyler, TX 
                  WorkshopTraditions: Printmaking in Boston Since 1960, Boston University, Boston, MA     
2000          Art that Means Business, DeCordova Downtown, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Boston, MA 
                   64th Annual Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
1996          41st Annual International, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA 
1994          Women’s Art Caucus, Grossman Gallery, Boston, MA
                  Rutgers National ‘94 Works on Paper, State University of New Jersey-Rutgers,          Camden, NJ. 
1993          South End Connects II, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA 
1992          New England/New Talent, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA 
                  Positive/Negative, Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN 
1989          21st W&J National Painting Show, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA 
1988          Hillyer Corridor Gallery, Smith College, Northampton, MA
1985          Alumna Invitational, Beaver Country Day School, Chestnut Hill, MA 
1983          15 W&J National Painting Show, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA
                  60 Boston Artists, City Hall, Boston,MA     
1982          Allied Artists of America, National Arts Club, NY
1979          First Drawing Annual, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA 

 

Selected Collections
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, 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
Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP
Wainwright Investment Counsel, Boston, MA
Boston Private Bank, Boston, MA
The Westin, Boston, MA
Convexity Capitol Management, Boston, MA 
Bank of America, Boston, MA
TIAX, Cambridge, MA
Top of the Hub, Boston, MA.
Acadian Asset Management, Boston, MA.
Griffith Properties, Boston, MA
Capital G, Hamilton, Bermuda
Starwood Hotels
Overland  Capital, Boston, MA.
Ernst & Young, Boston, 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
Harvard Common Press, Boston, MA
New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
Bingham, Dana and Gould, Boston, MA
Charlesbank Capital Partners
Goodwin Procter and Hoar, Boston, MA
Dana Farber Hospital, Boston, MA
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
Leggatt McCall Properties, Boston, MA
Hale and Dorr, Boston, MA
Lasalle Partners, Chicago, Ill
State Street Bank & Trust Co. Boston, MA


Awards
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
1983        Juror’s Choice, W & J National Painting Show, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA
 

Selected Reviews
2002-3      Art New England, Barbara O’Brien, Regional Review, Spotlight  9/11
1982          Boston Globe, Robert Taylor, Still-life, Boston Visual Artists Union Gallery