Artist’s Bio

photo of Nancy Schwartz-Katz From exquisite custom ketubot to paintings and papercuts illustrating bible stories, to Cleveland’s “Guitar Mania” public art project, artist Nancy Schwartz-Katz is a master of capturing moments in time, and connecting people through “the stories that bind us” as illuminated in her art.

A graduate of Manhattan’s Parsons School of Design with a major in Drawing and Conceptual thinking (Illustration), Nancy also studied drawing privately under artist David Passalacqua. After spending her 20s working for the internationally acclaimed studio, The Pushpin Group, she returned to Cleveland to continue developing her own career in art.

For the past 20 years, she has specialized in creating Judaic art. Through the use of a variety of media, she is adept at telling the stories of individuals, organizations, history, and ultimately, humanity. Through her use of color, materials and variation of detail, she is able to create a unique way of applying symbolism, enhancing a particular story in order to define the salient features of the subject matter. Nancy most prefers working with gouache on paper and papercutting.

Nancy’s art appeals to individuals, corporations and non-profits and can be found in several permanent collections. Her body of work includes over 300 private commissions, and approximately 600 laser cuts, paper cuts, limited-edition lithographs, and paintings.

Read Nancy’s Artist’s Statement.



2019, Meaning Within the Letters: Aleph-Kapf (Solo Exhibition), Hartzmark Room, Temple Tifereth Israel, Beachwood, OH

2018, Borders and Boundaries (Solo exhibition), Shaker Community Gallery, Shaker Heights, OH

2018, BAYarts Annual Juried Exhibition, Bay Village, OH

2017, Constant as the Sun / The Artist’s Trust: A Portrait of the Artist in Cuyahoga County, MOCA Cleveland

2017, Public Conscience through Graphics and Illustration, Heights Arts, Cleveland Heights OH

2016, Parsons School of Design Alumni Exhibition, New York, NY

2014, 2016, The New Now:The Best of the Western Reserve, Tri-C Gallery, Highland Heights, OH

2014, Interpretive Narratives, one woman exhibit, Mandel JCC Gallery, Beachwood, OH

2013, 2015, Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Lab Invitaitional, Beachwood, OH

2013, Zygote Press 100 Artists, Cleveland, OH

2011, 2013, 2014 Art of Thanksgiving Invitational, Orange, OH

2004, Religious Art juried exhibit, Hallinan Gallery, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH

1998-2004, Associated American Jewish Museums Invitational, group exhibit, largest show of modern ketubot to be circulated nationally

2002, 2004, United Way of Greater Cleveland’s “Guitarmania” and II Encore

2000, Akron Jewish Community Center, Akron, Ohio 2 person exhibit, Invitational

1999, 2000, The Rosen Show, Buyers’ Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, PA

1998, 1999, 2000, Boulder Arts and Crafts Cooperative Invitational, group exhibit, Boulder, CO

1998, Labor of Love invitational one woman exhibit; 35 works of art Mandel Jewish Community Center Gallery, Beachwood, OH

1995, Judaica by Nancy Schwartz-Katz, one woman exhibit; 20 works of art, College of Jewish Studies, Cleveland, OH

1993 – 2001, Agnon Art Show, group show, Pepper Pike, OH


Donna and Bennett Yanowitz Foundation

Mandel Jewish Day School, Pepper Pike, OH

Cedar Sinai Synagogue, Lyndhurst, OH

KeyCorp, in conjunction with Israel Bonds; 200 lithographs; International clientele

Cleveland Hillel Foundation, Illustrations for certificates

Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, OH

    • Paper cut; service/donor gifts: Tikkun Olam
    • Paper cut; 500 donor gifts; L’dor v’Dor project; embossed pages; two books
    • Covers; recognition promotion; 2000 – present

Jewish Community Federation of Philadelphia, PA, “Shalom” gift; 75 paper cuts

Jewish Community Federation of Pittsburgh, PA

Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, OH, in conjunction with United Way, The Rock Hall, and Make a Wish Foundation

    • Guitar Mania project 2002, 2004

Congregation Tifereth Israel, Paper cut; gift to approx. 75 individuals Cleveland, OH

CAJE 25, Gift to organizing committee of the National Conference of Jewish Educators

The Gathering Place, Cleveland, OH, Logo design

ARMDI Cleveland division, logo and certificate creation

Milestones, Cleveland, OH, Paper cut; Honoree, Recognition Award; 2004

American Heart Association/Cleveland, fundraising invitational; painting 2006, paper cut 2008

American Red Magen David for Israel (ARMDI), David Marc Berger Chapter; Logo and certificate design

PLAN, Cleveland, OH, Gift for 5 major benefactors of organization, 2010

HeArt, Cleveland, OH, Murals for Hebrew Shelter Home 2010

Jewish Family Service Association, Paper cut; Honoree, Recognition Award 2011, 2013

National Council of Jewish Women and Live Special, Paper cut; Honoree, Recognition Award, 2013

National Council of Jewish Women, corporate gifts, 2013-2016


Make Trouble, paper cut, Office of Senator Sherrod Brown, Washington, DC

Noah’s Ark, 8’x3′ paper cut and painting; gouache on paper, Fairmount Temple Children’s Library, Beachwood, OH

Commemorative Plaque, 6’x8′ four layer paper cut, Temple Tifereth Israel, Beachwood, OH

Commemorative Plaque, 5’x5′ paper cut for music room, Temple Israel, Akron, OH

Bible stories – Creation, Moses, Joseph, Esther; Four 2’x6′ paintings; gouache on paper, B’nai Jeshuran Denis Library, Pepper Pike, OH

Design of lettering for side art of main sanctuary, B’nai Jeshurun, Pepper Pike, OH

Over 300 private commissions including Ketubot and Tanach themes and quotes

Approximately 560 laser cuts of paper cuts, limited edition lithographs sold to individuals in US and Canada