Clapman Scholarship Fund
Alzheimer's Art Program
Nannette has been creating sculpture since 1961. Her
most used media had been cast bronze, welded brass, and steel, until
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
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
Promoting Fine Art. Her lectures and
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.
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.
Maryland Artists Equity Foundation
(MAEF), and Maryland Lawyers for the Arts (she also testified in Annapolis, to
the State legislature, on behalf of artists).
Nannette is a charter board member of, and assisted in drafting the
by-laws for, Sculptors Inc.,
to perpetuate the legacy of their loved ones.
The Clapman Fund
began in 1998.
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,
initiated new ideas and chaired many programs; such as MAEF’s web
site, Tribute Scholarships and Funds, and Winners’ Circle Exhibitions;
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
Nannette also served on
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
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