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About Nannette

Nannette has been creating sculpture since 1961. Her most used media had been cast bronze, welded brass, and steel, until in 2000, when she changed to lighter, more fragile materials; cardboard and clay. Because of her background in metal, she found ways to reinforce these fragile mediums, to make them unbreakable.

Recurring sculptural themes include: family; the human figure and face (in realistic, abstract, mythical, and representational forms); nature; and the conflict between one's internal and external personalities. The Healing Process, a series of abstract-cardboard images, symbolizes the period when Nannette was her parents' caretaker, and ultimately, had to cope with their passing. She exhibits these pieces and lectures on the topic.

Nannette earned her B.S. (1975) and M.Ed. (1984) degrees from Towson University, Towson, MD, majoring in Art Education and Sculpture. While researching her master's thesis, she acquired the data-gathering skills needed to write four books and lecture on Promoting Fine Art. Her lectures and workshops motivate artists, and are sponsored by universities, arts agencies, and art organizations from Connecticut to Florida.

Promoting Art with Integrity is her newest book, dealing with the policies, practices, and procedures of art galleries, arts councils, and art organizations. Her experience in retail sales, which included many how-to-sell seminars, ultimately led her to realize that mainstream sales-training techniques could be used to sell her own sculpture. Nannette's Five Steps of Promotion combine her sales training with her knowledge of the art community. She self-publishes, -promotes, and -sells Promoting Art with Integrity and has been successful in reaching many artists, arts councils, colleges, museums, and libraries throughout the USA. She uses the Internet as her main promotional tool and follows her own marketing advice.

For over 25 years, Nannette has volunteered her time to help artists in Maryland's visual arts community. As a member of the following groups, she became an active voice for artists.

  • Artists Equity Association’s Maryland Chapter (AEA). During her presidency, she formed a consortium of Maryland’s art organizations in an effort to band together to make positive changes for artists within the community. One important step was the Resource Arts Tent at Baltimore’s Artscape ‘95. Nannette lobbied for a local arts-organization tent, so art groups could distribute their literature to the public. Once approved, she  designed, organized, scheduled, and executed the undertaking. Due to the positive feedback, the Resource Arts Tent was incorporated into the budget for Artscape ‘96; though the tent-size has been reduced through the years, the Resource Arts Tent is still a part of Artscape.

  • Nannette is a charter board member of, and assisted in drafting the by-laws for, Sculptors Inc., Maryland Artists Equity Foundation (MAEF), and Maryland Lawyers for the Arts (she also testified in Annapolis, to the State legislature, on behalf of artists).

  • MAEF, an outgrowth of AEA, is a nonprofit organization that awards scholarships to gifted high-school-senior art students to encourage them to pursue advanced education and seek careers in the visual arts. An annual scholarship competition was held from 1984 to 2008, picking twenty-five finalists from over 100 applicants each year. During her sixteen years as MAEF’s President, and then President Emeritus, Nannette initiated new ideas and chaired many programs; such as MAEF’s web site, Tribute Scholarships and Funds, and Winners’ Circle Exhibitions; held at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). MAEF has now merged with MICA to continue its scholarship program and remain a viable part of the community. The Tribute Funds provide a venue for family and friends to perpetuate the legacy of their loved ones. The Clapman Fund began in 1998.

  • Nannette also served on the board of the Creative Arts Centre Advisory Committee at Essex Community College, MD for three years, and taught art to the elderly at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville, MD and Catonsville Commons in Baltimore MD (Alzheimer's Art Program).

Married since 1962, Nannette has three daughters and sons-in-laws, and six grandchildren who keep her young at heart. 

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   2006 - Studio, Pikesville, MD

1994 - Mill River Gallery, Ellicott City, MD

1988 - Lyric Theater, Baltimore, MD

1983 - Studio, Towson University, MD