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|An oil and pastel artist of figures and still lifes, she first earned attention in the mid-1980s when she won awards from the Midwest Pastel Society.|
She grew up in the Midwest and entered the field of television animation before receiving a scholarship to study advanced painting with William Parks at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Subsequently she studied at the Lyme Academy in Connecticut.
One of her early teachers was Richard Schmid, whom she married in 1998, and they moved from Colorado to Manchester Center, Vermont where they live in a farmhouse built in 1789. She credits him as being the major influence on her painting technique.
Her work has been exhibited at the Governor's Invitational Art Show in Loveland, Colorado; the Palette and Chisel Academy in Chicago; the Minnesota Miniature Show in Minneapolis, and the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester.
|Biography from West Wind Fine Art Gallery:|
The following information if from a feature article in Southwest Art Magazine, September 2014 by Gussie Fauntleroy.
After graduating from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Nancy Guzik continued her studies at the Palette & Chisel Academy and completed her education at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Connecticut, studying anatomy and sculpture with the late Dean Keller.
Nancy met master artist and author Richard Schmid at the Palette and Chisel Academy, who became her mentor. Richard helped to develop her innate talents, which opened the doors to the Grand Manner style of painting. (Richard describes the Grand Manner as a certain mingling of virtuosity and unrestrained joy in Art.) "We would question everything" Nancy states, "ourselves, our paintings and this amazing miracle we are all a part of. He taught me to identify and understand what I am passionate about and then paint it."
Nancy is widely known for her mastery and originality in still life and figurative painting. When asked why she loves to paint children from life, Nancy smiles, “There is something that all children are born with that I connect with. As my painting begins to unfold, the child and I are drawn together into a magical process of creativity. Meeting on this creative level, we journey together into the realm of imagination – and into the world of art we go.”
In addition to appearing in exhibitions and receiving awards, her paintings are in both private and public collections. As one of the directors of the Putney Painters in Vermont, she has helped transform the careers of many aspiring painters.
Nancy Guzik resides in the hills of New England with her husband Richard Schmid, their famous cat Zorro, and the new up-and-coming star, Max the cat.
Guzik’s paintings will be featured in the three person show with Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik and Kathy Anderson, at the St. Botolph Club, Boston, MA - curated by Kristen Thies, November 15-16, 2014.
SELECTED LIST of MAJOR HONORS:?
First Prize. Art Renewal Center International Salon.?
ARTrageous Art Auction, New York NY. Nancy raised over $10,000.00 to benefit Foster Children of NY.?
Grand Prize. International Artist.?
First Prize. Midwest Pastel Society, Chicago, IL. ?
Best of Show. Fine Art Views.?
Three Gold Medals. The Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago, IL?
Award of Excellence. The Women Artists of the West, Chicago, IL?
Award of Honor. Cecilia Beaux Forum, Butler Institute of American Art Museum, Youngstown, OH.?
Honor Award. Portrait Society of America. ?
Purchase Award. Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS.
Submitted by Kristen Thies
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