Nancy Graves in the News

There have been two recent mentions of the Nancy Graves exhibition in the media lately, did you see them?

On April 19, Alan Bisbort of the Hartford Advocate wrote a wonderful review of the show on his Blogbort page titled Nancy Graves, Real Inspired in which he began:

One of the most colorful, engaging and, yes, fun art exhibitions of the year may fly beneath your radars, if you’re not careful.

It is “Nancy Graves: Inspired Vision”, at the Hartford Art School’s Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford.

Thanks, Alan. I think we’d have to agree.


Then on May 3 we had another wonderful surprise.  Did you happen to see the front page of the Arts section in last Sunday’s Republican-American newspaper?  Tracey O’Shaughnessy wrote a lovely article about Nancy Graves and a review of our exhibition.  If you didn’t get a chance to see it in full-color in the paper, please visit Tracey’s website to read the story.

(Photo featured in the Republican-American article courtesy of Roger Castonguay, Jr. of The Defining Photo LLC.)

Nancy Graves Exhibition Announced

Esthetic Dominance, 1989
Esthetic Dominance, 1989

We are pleased to announce an exhibition of sculpture, paintings, and drawings by the internationally acclaimed artist Nancy Graves (1939-1995).  This will be the first comprehensive overview of her work presented in the region.  The exhibition opens with a public reception on April 14, 2009 from 6-8pm, and continues through June 28, 2009.

Graves, who died of cancer in 1995, is considered to be one of the most innovative, inspired, and prolific artists of her generation.  She is best known for vibrantly painted sculpture collages that combine cast bronze elements inspired by the natural world with objects of every description.  Her technique, craftsmanship, and aesthetic vision result in complex and enigmatic structures of layered meaning and provocative beauty.

Paralleling her development as a sculptor are paintings, watercolors, and drawings that possess their own unique language while reflecting her constantly evolving preoccupation with various forms and subjects that resurface in her sculpture.

Equivalent, 1978
Equivalent, 1978

The Joseloff Gallery show will include significant examples of work from various phases of her career with sculpture dating from the early 1970s to 1992, over twenty drawings and watercolors, and several large-scale paintings.

Nancy Graves was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  She is a graduate of Vassar College and received her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 1964.  In the late 1960s, her interest in anthropology resulted in her acclaimed life-sized structures of camels and films shot in Morocco.

This exhibition is funded by the Kohn/Joseloff Foundation and is made possible by the Nancy Graves Foundation.

Please visit for more information about the exhibition, and for more information about the artist.