Public Conscience Through Graphics and Illustration

Heights Arts
2175 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH

Mar. 3 – Apr. 16, 2017

Opening reception Friday, March 3, 2017, 6 – 9 pm

Graphic design and illustration continue to expand beyond their traditional roles in publishing and advertising. Influenced by graffiti and new technologies in animation and gaming, illustrators create stories about world issues, popular culture, even trends in daily life. Artists take issues out of context and reexamine them in previously unconsidered perspectives, challenging viewers to assess their own part in the whole.

PUBLIC CONSCIENCE through Graphics and Illustration examines these trends among Northeast Ohio artists. Co-curated by artists Leslye Arian and Dave King, the group exhibition showcases the work of Laura and Gary Dumm, Derek Hess, Brian Jasinski, Nancy Schwartz-Katz, Milan Kecman, Jake Kelly, George Kocar, Joe Lanzilotta, Angela Oster, Josh Usmani, Justin Michael Will, Sean Higgins and Nicholas Rezabek of the Bubble Process.

Nancy’s contributions include the intricate papercut, Distance and Time (above), and her now-renowned holographic film and LED light mobile, The DNA of Language.  Originally created in book format for the Brooklyn Arts Library, the text for Distance and Time, written after the loss of two friends, is a semblance of thought about the full, albeit all-too-short lives they had, and about how choices we make at different times in our lives shape who we are.  The words incorporated into the iconography  tell a story – anyone’s story – of how we go about our lives how different decisions we make impact our lives.

The DNA of Language was born of a talk about thinking out-of-the-box that Nancy gave while a mentor for the Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Lab, incorporating the study of Beginnings in Jewish text, and how Hebrew letters and words interact with each other constantly to create form. Co-curators King and Arian felt this piece was an important addition to the exhibition, as how we use our words makes all the difference on public issues and popular culture. For more information on the influences and creative process involved in this piece, please visit Nancy’s Fine Art page.

For more information on the exhibition, visit heightsarts.org

promiseland-homeland_web-1002Parsons Alumni Exhibition

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Oct. 15 – Oct. 31, 2016

Opening reception October 15
Open to the public October 16, 2016
Visit with Nancy in the gallery October 16, 1-3pm.

This exhibition features artwork created by alumni of the Parsons School of Design in a wide range of fields including (but not limited to) graphic design, lighting design, architecture, fine art, film making, product design, interactive design, animation, communication design, illustration, game design, jewelry design, writing, photography, marketing, advertising, accessory design, costume design, and fashion design. More than 600 works of art were submitted.

Nancy’s contribution is the intricate, six-layer papercut, Homeland/Promised Land, which was inspired by Ruth Calderon’s 2013 speech to the Israeli Knesset. It represents hope for a mutual understanding between all the religious sects in Israel, a theme culturally relevant in Israel today. As Parsons’ alumni community is a network of creative, progressive thinkers located all over the United States and in more than 120 countries, this exhibition provides an excellent platform through which to disseminate the message of peace that Nancy’s papercut embodies.

a_teen_in_thought_webEighth Annual Juried Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition and Exhibition

The Lore Degenstein Gallery of Susquehanna University
514 University Avenue Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Oct. 22 – Dec. 9, 2016

Opening reception October 22, 7 p.m.

This national, juried competition and exhibition is open to two-dimensional figurative work  (referencing the human figure) by artists working in painting, drawing and printmaking.

Nancy draws constantly, a little-known fact to her public. Her favorite subjects are her own children, who inspire some of Nancy’s most spirited drawings. Nancy’s Teen Contemplation will be on display at this highly competitive exhibition.


NewNow™:  The Best of the Western Reserve 2016

Cuyahoga County Community College Gallery East
4250 Richmond Road Highland Hills, OH

Sept. 6 – Oct. 6, 2016

This regional, juried exhibition features the work of 55 artists in a variety of media representing the “Best of the Western Reserve”.  Conceived in 2014, this year’s NEWNOW competition includes 73 pieces chosen by judge Michael J. Beam from a pool of more than 450 outstanding entries.

Nancy’s Duality of Slavery and Freedom in the Modern World is currently on display as part of this show, sponsored by the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.

Duality of Slavery and Freedom in the Modern World explores how people in the modern world have had the freedom to invent and develop so many amazing things. But in the frenetic pace of the world in which we have created them, we have become slaves to them.  Cut from one sheet of paper, Nancy’s piece presents these complex, interconnected inventions – agriculture, oil drilling, medicine, high technology, commercial harvesting in our oceans, and other industrial and post-industrial-era developments, through which we have changed our environment.  But to what end? the artwork asks. The imagery is the same one side to the other; blue represents freedom, grey/silver represents slavery.