volunteerism | resume

The definition of volunteering is to undertake a job without being paid. It is usually a service to others.

“After I wrote my master thesis on the Business of Art, in the early 1980s, I was equipped to navigate the Baltimore art-scene. My volunteering efforts turned to my fellow artists, as I realized visibility and communication with others were two of the most important factors in an artist’s quest for recognition and advancement in the art world. 

I am always willing to share my information with other artists and anyone working in art-related fields.

Volunteering and giving back to the community ALWAYS feels good.”

  Nannette at Artscape 1985  |  Bringing Art Awareness to the Community.



Artists Equity Association’s Maryland Chapter (AEA)

During my 2-year presidency (1984-’86) of AEA, my goal was to form a consortium of Maryland’s arts organizations. Positive changes for artists, within the Baltimore community, could only happen if we banded together.

Artscape 1985

I began by leading a small team of AEA members to meet with the director of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Arts and Culture.  We lobbied for an Arts Resource Tent, at Baltimore’s next Artscape, so art organizations (visual, performing, and literary) could distribute their literature to the public.  We were told, “We think it a good idea, BUT we do not have enough staff to organize such a huge undertaking and there is no funding for another large tent.”

I was prepared for this response…I had made a schedule showing how we could rotate 30+ organizations during the Artscape weekend and assured the director there were enough AEA members who had already volunteered to execute the project.
The positive feedback was gratifying and the Arts Resource tent was incorporated into Artscape’s budget for 1986 and many years to come. A satisfying job done by all.

 Maryland Artists Equity Foundation (MAEF)

MAEF, an outgrowth of AEA, is a nonprofit foundation, incorporated in 1984  to award tuition scholarships to gifted high-school art students and encourage them to seek higher education and careers in the visual arts. Ina Helrich,  past AEA president, designed MAEF’s concept and also designed the annual scholarship competition and awards ceremony for this new 501c3 organization.

Held from 1984 to 2008, 5 jurors, from the art community, picked 25 finalists from over 100 applicants each year. A second set of 5 jurors ranked the finalists’ artwork for our exhibition and decided who should receive the top scholarships and the rest of the monetary awards. MAEF members and jurors volunteered their time and expertise to make all aspects of the program a success.
I was asked to help write MAEF’s charter and by-laws.
 Eventually, I became president of MAEF for 16 years.

During my 16 years as MAEF’s President, and then President Emeritus, I initiated new ideas and chaired many programs; such as Tribute Scholarship Funds*, providing art supplies for Baltimore inner city schools, Baltimore City Pre-college scholarships, MAEF’s website, and the Winner’s Circle.

*The Tribute Scholarship Funds provide a venue for family and friends to perpetuate the legacy of their loved ones.

Winners’ Circle Exhibitions

The Winner’s Circle program affords our past finalists an opportunity to show their artwork in a prestigious setting, such as the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). It is most gratifying to continue our connection with our finalists and to learn that so many are engaged in successful art-oriented careers. Their goals, as well as ours, have been realized…a truly satisfying partnership.

MAEF has now merged with MICA to continue its scholarship program and remain a viable part of the community.

Other Volunteering

  • Baltimore Sculptors: originally Sculptors Inc, 1993:
    • charter board member | helped draft the by-laws
    • current Treasurer, 2018-present
  • Maryland Lawyers for the Arts:
    • helped draft the by-laws; 1984
    • testified at the State legislature, in Annapolis, on an art-related bill to benefit artists, 1984
  • Creative Arts Centre Advisory Committee, at Essex Community College, MD | board member for three years
  • Art classes for seniors with various degrees of cognitive impairment:
  • Fundraising organizations for Cancer research; 1962-1980.
    • Dorothy Friedman Caplan Guild | long-time member, vice-president for two years
    • Mildred Mindell Foundation | long-time member

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



Tutoring, Sculpture, Book Sales, Lectures, Workshops, Exhibitions

Bronze, Brass, Cardboard, Clay, Fiberglass, Mirrors, Paper, Resin, Steel, Stone, Wood

Towson University, Towson, MD 
1984 Master of Education in Art Education &  Sculpture
1975 Bachelor of Science in Art Education & Sculpture

Professional Experiences
1972-present |  Art Instructor: private tutoring
1984-present | Business-of-Art lectures, workshops, books, articles
1979-present | Solo, two-person, invitational, juried exhibitions
1985-1990 | Retail selling and design; sales seminars


Exhibition Sites
Maryland Galleries
Bacon Gallery • Baltimore Hebrew Synagogue • Baltimore City Hall
• Baltimore Life Gallery •
Boordy Vineyards • Columbia Arts Center
• Contemporary • Dubey’s • Gallery 409 • Gallery ID8
• Lois Hodes Gallery • Howard County Arts Center
• Howard County Department of Education • Katzenstein Gallery
• Liriodendron Mansion  Maryland Art Place • Mill River • Monkton Arts Center •

Rockville Civic Center • Roe Gallery • Temple Oheb Shalom
• Towson Commons • Towson Unitarian Church

Maryland Universities
Dundalk Towson University of MD, CP-GC
Villa Julie Western Maryland

Maryland Lobbies & Alternative Venues
Baltimore Life Insurance • Federal Reserve Bank
• Governor’s State House – Annapolis •
Lyric Opera House • Morris Mechanic Theater •
Sun Life Building

National Exhibitions
Delaware • District of Columbia • Massachusetts
• North Carolina • Pennsylvania • Virginia

International Exhibitions
England • Korea

Public Collections
• Beth Tfiloh Congregation, Pikesville, MD;
Silent Horror: A Holocaust Memorial;
brass, barbed wire, wood

• University of Maryland, College Park, MD;
Collection of Maryland Artists;

Family Reunion; bronze, railroad ties, wood
• Towson University, Towson, MD; Collection of Maryland Artists;
Awakening; steel

Business-of-Art Lectures
(Maryland venues; out-of-state venues noted)

Art League@Torpedo Factory, VA
• Art League of Ocean City • Artists Equity Association
Baltimore Watercolor Society • Bibelot Books
• Boca Raton Art Museum Artists’ Guild, FL
• Borders Books • Carroll County Arts Council
• Center for the Creative Arts, DE • Charles County Arts Alliance
• Chestertown Arts League • Columbia Art Center
• Commission on Arts & Humanities, DC
• Del Ray Artisans, VA • Essex Community College
• Fells Point Creative Alliance • Finksburg Library •
Florida Atlantic University, FL • Greenwich Arts Council, CT
• Hagerstown Community College • Howard County Arts Council
• Lake Worth Art League, FL • Laurel Art Guild • Maryland Art League
• Maryland Art Place • Maryland Institute College of Art
• Maryland Printmakers • Mt. Airy Library
• New Arts Alliance • North County Art Association, FL
• Queen Anne’s County Council • Sculptors Inc.
• Senior Artists Alliance • Towson University
• Women’s Artists Forum

Business-of-Art Books
2007, 2008  Promoting Art with Integrity, two editions
1998            Promoting Fine Art: Washington DC & N. Virginia
1984-1997   Promoting Fine Art: Baltimore & Maryland
1983            Promoting Fine Art: Baltimore; master thesis