Nancy Simonds



1978Fifth Year Certificate, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
1977Diploma, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
1974Museum of Fine Arts, Research Laboratory, Boston, MA, student
in the examination of works of art
1972Bachelor of Art, Smith College, Northhampton, MA (drawing with Gregory Gillespie)
1971Intercollegiate Center for Classical Students, Rome, Italy
Group Exhibitions
2014Curated by Meredyth Hyatt Moses, Trident Gallery, Gloucester, MA
2014Meredyth Hyatt Moses in Newtown, Kelly Roy Gallery, Newtown, CT
2014Selections, 15th Street Studio, Boulder, CO
2013What Goes Around, Andrew Tavarelli, juror, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA
2013Community of Artists, Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA
2013Mavericks and Masters, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2012W POP UP Curated by Meredyth Moses, Stuart St., Boston, MA
2012Collage, Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA
2012Small Works Salon 2D, Maud Morgan Arts, Cambridge, MA
(Victoria Munroe Juror)
201214th Annual Fidelity Investments Juried Exhibition: Growth,
Providence Art Club, RI, Diana Gaston, Judith Tannenbaum,
Steven Zevitas, jurors
2011 & 12Community of Artists Juried Exhibition, Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA
201216th Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston, MA Joy Kant Fine Art, Newton, MA
2011ARTCETERA 2011, Boston, MA
201115th Boston International Fine Art Show, Joy Kant Fine Art, Newton, MA
2011Jettisoning the Safe/Delving in the Uncertain, Nantucket Arts Council, Nantucket, MA
2011Simmons Collects, Celebrating Women Artists, Boston, MA
2011MassArt 22nd Annual Benefit Art Auction, Boston, MA
2011OVOIDS, The Golden Door, The Boulders, Carefree, AZ
201134 Harper College National Art Exhibition, Small Works, Palatine, ILL
2010The Contemporary Landscape, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME
2011NEST, Michelle Mercaldo Gallery, Boston, MA
2010Off the Wall and Community of Artists Juried Exhibitions,
Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA
2010University of Maine Museum of Art, Inaugural I-95 Triennial, Bangor, ME
2009The Boston Drawing Project, 10 Years and Going Strong, Carroll & Sons, Boston, MA
200917th Annual Nantucket Arts Festival Exhibition, Nantucket Arts Council, Nantucket, MA
2009Contemporary at the Coast II, McGowan Fine Art at the Coolidge Center for the Arts, Portsmouth, NH
2009Dux Femina Facti: A Woman is in Charge, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME
2009Off the Wall, Danforth Museum of Art, Joseph Carroll and Lisa Tung,
jurors, Framingham, MA
2009"Extraordinary", Jules Place, Boston, MA
2008Calculated Color, Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod Community College, West Barnstable, MA
2008Substraction of Distraction: Abstract Works on Paper, Susan Maasch Gallery, Portland, MA
2008New Work: Realism to Abstraction, Susan Maasch Gallery, Portland, MA
2007Biennial, NH Institute of Art, Pamela Clark Cochrane, juror, Concord, NH
2007New Directions 07, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
2007Summer Show, Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA
2007The Drawing Project, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
2007Winter Group Show, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME
200610th Annual Boston International Fine Art Show, Koy Kant Fine Arts, Boston, MA
200649th Annual Annual Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art,
Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY, Lois Grachos, Director
of the Albright Knox Museum of Art, Juror
200670th National Midyear Exhibition, The Butler Institute of American Art
Peter Plagens, juror, Youngstown, OH
2006United South End Artists at Logan Airport, Boston, MA
2006International Juried Show Patterson Sims, Juror (Director of
Montclair Art Museum) Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ
2006Red, Cambridge Art Association, Nick Capasso Juror, Cambridge, MA
2005December Show, Linda Durnell Gallery, Los Gatos, CA
2005New Talent of New England, 1st Annual Juried Exhibition, Lillian
Lambrechts, juror, Curator, Bank of America, Gallery AA/B, Boston, MA
2005Working the Grid: 3 Artists, Towne Art Gallery, Wheelock College, Boston, MA
2005Joy Kant Fine Art, Waban, MA
2005A Token of my Affection, Tercera Gallery, Los Gatos, CA
2004ARTcetera, Boston, MA
2004The Museum School at Mario Russo, Portia Harcus, curator, Boston, MA
2004Works on Paper, The Wheeler Gallery, Providence, RI
2004The Color Project/Esther M. Klein Gallery, University Science Center, Philadelphia, PA
2004Virginia Boyce Gallery, Group Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ
2004Winter White/Backin Black, Clifford-Smith Gallery, Boston, MA
200439th Juried Exhibition, Associated Artists, Winston-Salem, NC
2004New Jersey Center for Visual Art International '04, Charlotta
Kotik, juror, Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum (NY), Summit, NJ
2003Celebrate with Art, Invitational, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
2003Joy Kant Fine Art, Waban, MA
2003New Art '03, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA, William Stover, juror
2003Tangent Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2002Tercera Gallery, Los Gatos, CA
2002ARTcetera, Boston, MA
2002The Drawing Project, James Hull, curator, Boston, MA
2001Juried National, Cambridge Art Association, Maxwell Anderson,
juror, Cambridge, MA
200116th Annual Nation Works on Paper, Richard Ash, juror, University
of Texas at Tyler, TX
2001Workshop traditions, Printmaking in Boston Since 1960, Boston
University, Boston, MA
2001The Drawing Project, James Hull, curator, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
2000DeCordova Downtown, Art that Means Business, Federal Reserve
Bank of Boston, Boston, MA
2000Boston Open Studios Coalition, Registry of Deeds, Boston, MA
200064th Annual Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
200011th Annual National Exhibition, Viridian Gallery, NYE, Charlotta
Kotik, juror, Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
2000The Art Connection-Making Connections, Boston Cultural Council,
Boston City Hall, Boston, MA
2000ARTcetera, Boston, MA
1999Cindy Bordeau Fine Arts, Chicago, Ill
1996Between the Muse Gallery, Rockland, ME (three person show)
1996San Diego Art Institute 41st Annual International, Peter Frank, juror, San Diego, CA
1994Women's Caucus of Art, Deborah Muirhead, juror, Grossman Gallery, Boston, MA
1994Rutgers National '94 Works on Paper, Faith Ringold and Elizabeth
Sussman, jurors, State University of New Jersey-Rutgers, Camden, NJ
1993Anything But Papers Prayers, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Tom Grabosky, curator, Boston, MA
1993South End Connects II, Camilia Genovese and David Sullivan, jurors,
Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
1992New England/New Talent, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
1992Positive/Negative, Gael Stack, juror, Slocumb Galleries, East
Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
1992New Art '92, Robert Evans, juror (Director of Danforth Museum), Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA
1992National Art Competition, Thomas Lawson, juror (Dean of Art,
California Institute of the Arts, Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, MO
198921st W&J National Painting Show, Allan D'Arcangelo, juror,
Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA
1989Galex 23, National Juried Competition, William Struve, juror,
Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, III
19864th Annual Prize Competition, Will Barnet, juror, Provincetown Art Association, Provincetown, MA
198315 W&J National Painting Show, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA
Galex 17, Annual Competitive Exhibition, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, III
198360 Boston Artists, City Hall, Boston, MA
1982Allied 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
1979First Drawing Annual, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
1978Traveling Fellowship Competition, School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Selected Solo, Two, and Three Person Exhibitions
2016McGowan Fine Art, Concord, NH (solo)
2014Graficas Gallery, Nantucket MA (solo)
2013Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA (solo)
2013REVERIE IN COLOR AND SHAPE, Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, MA (solo)
2012POP UP: POP OUT New Work (Ellen Rich, Nancy Simonds & Heidi Whitman) Gallery 535, Boston, MA
2012Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA (solo)
2011Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA (solo)
2010Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA (solo)
2009Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA (solo)
2009Extraordinary, Jules Place, Boston, MA
2006New Gouches on Paper, Michele Mercaldo Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
2005Working the Grid: 3 Artists, Towne Art Gallery, Wheelock College, Boston, MA
1999University Club, Boston, MA (solo)
1996Between the Muse Gallery, Rockland, ME (three person show)
1991New York Bank, Boston, MA (solo)
1989Habitat Institute, Belmont, MA
1989Boston Lasergrahics, Boston, MA
1988Hillyer Corridor Gallery, Smith College, Northhampton, MA (two person)
1988Main Street Gallery, Nantucket, MA
1987Main Street Gallery, Nantucket, MA
1985Alumna Invitational, Beaver Country Day School, Chestnut Hill, MA
(Ben Aronson Gallery Director)
Fall 2008Studio Visit, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA
Spring 2009Studio Visit, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA
Selected Collections
Brigham & Women's Hosptial, Boston, MA
PGA National Resort & Spa, W. Palm Beach, FL
Analysis Group, NYC, NY
Merrill Lynch, Boston, MA
Bromberg & Sunstein LLP
Waiinwright Investment Counsel, Boston, MA
Shepard Law Group, Boston, MA
Boston Private Bank, Boston, MA
The Westin, Boston, MA
Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico, LLP, Tewskbury, MA
Convexity Capitol Management, Boston, MA
National Book Network, Lanham, MD
The Waverly Restaurant, Atlanta, GA
Bank of America, Boston, MA
TIAX, Cambridge, MA
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
Havard Law School, 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
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, IL, and NY
Mcgrath House, Boston, MA
Rosalind Gorin, Boston, MA
Dana Farber Hospital, Boston, MA
Irving Rabb, Cambridge, MA
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
Leggat McCall Properties, Boston, MA
Hale and Dorr, Boston, MA
Wellesley Design Consultants, Wellesley, MA
Lasalle Partners, Chicago, IL
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
2000Honorable Mention, Abstraction for a New Millennium, Anne Ellegood,
curator of the New Museum for Contemporary Art, Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY
1991Semi-Finalist, New Artists, Gloria Wilcher Memorial Exhibition,
Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH
1986Honorable Mention, 4th Annual Exhibition, Woodstock School of Art,
Woodstock, NY
19863rd Prize, Annual Competition, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
1983Juror's Choice (Sondra Freckelton), W & J National Painting Show,
Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA
2002-03Art New England, Barbara O'Brien, Regional Review, Spotlight 9/11
1982Review/Art by Robert Taylor: "Still-life, Boston Visual Artists Union
Gallery, Boston Globe, MA 1/10/82

Artist's Statement

I make large-scale abstract gouache paintings on paper.   In each of my BLOCK STACK and OVOID series different arrangements of blocks, ovals and colors create a feeling of transcendent order.  These images are anti-chaos.  All strive for a connection to a moment for reflection, a moment of resolution and calm. My gouache works feature 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, squares without edges, 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 covered earth 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, achieving a translucency and depth of color; 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.


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