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Lived/Active: District Of Columbia/Hawaii / Australia      Known for: portrait and plein-air landscape painting, children's book illustration

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Artist: Nansy Phleger (American/Australian: 1941 -). Present Address:  Maui, Hawaii

Born February 1, 1941 Nancy Prigmore Smith in Fargo, North Dakota, she earned her B.A. Degree in 1963 from Arizona State University. She married Jan F. Steendam on June 19th 1965, and raised two children. This marriage dissolved in 1981. From 1965 to 1978 she worked as a professional portrait artist and operated and owned a gallery in Washington, D. C. From 1978 to 2003, Phleger continued to work as an artist while teaching at Mira Costa College in San Diego, California.

During this period she founded The 101 Artist’s Colony in 1997 in Encinitas, California, a community-based center for the arts, featuring exhibitions, music, and poetry readings. In 2003 she moved to Maui, Hawaii to teach and continue her craft painting, and since 2004 Phleger has continued her work as an artist as a resident and naturalized citizen of Australia in the state of Tasmania.

Ms. Phleger’s Portraits and paintings have been collected both publicly & privately throughout the U.S.A., Latin America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean for over 50 years. She married Dr. Charles F. "Rick" Phleger January 2nd 1983.

Signatures: From 1965 to 1982 she signed her work Nancy P. Steendam or Nancy Prigmore Steendam, or Nancy Steendam – and sometime in 1976, she changed the spelling of her first name to Nansy, with an “S”. She began signing her work Nansy Phleger in January 1983.

Awards: 2009 “Highly Commended” Tasman Portrait Prize, Tasmania, Australia;

2001 “Women of Merit Award” North County Times newspaper’s annual event, Carlsbad, CA;
2000 First Prize “Inaugural Plein Air Paint-Out” Woodbridge, Tasmania;
1997 “Top 200” 11th Annual National “Arts for the Parks” Competition, Jackson Hole, Wyoming;
1995 Participant by Invitation, “Global Focus Women in Art & Culture” United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China;
1992 First Prize + Second Prize + Honorable Mention “Southern California Art Exhibition” Del Mar, CA;
1991 “Artist of the Year” San Diego Oceans Foundation, San Diego, CA;
1991 First Prize 14th Annual Exhibition, La Jolla Art Assoc., CA;
Solo Exhibitions: 2005 Lahaina Art Society, Maui, Hawaii;
2001 – “Paintings and Poetry” Rancho Santa Fe Library, CA;
1998 – “Islands & Seas” Channel Islands National Park, CA;
1997 – “Portraits of People & Lands” La Jolla, CA;
1997 – Plein Air Landscapes” Rancho Santa Fe, CA;
1996 – Grosvenor Galleries, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies;
1996 – The Design Center, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies;
1988 – The University of Otago Faculty Club, Dunedin, New Zealand;
1987 – Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA;
1974 – The Federal Reserve Board, Washington, D.C.

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2008 – Finalist, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour, Australia
2007 – Finalist,  Portia Geach Memorial Award 2007, Sydney, Australia
2005 – Participating Artist – MAPA Benefit Gardens Paint-Out, Maui, Hawaii
2000 – “Structures & Nudes” Red Chapel Gallery, Sandy Bay, Tasmania
1998 – “All Creatures Great & Small” Red Chapel Gallery, Sandy Bay, Tasmania
1992 – “Reflections ~ Paper, Spirit, Clay, & Brush” Private  C.A.R.E.. & USAID Gallery, Lima, Peru
1991 – “The Child Within” Private C.A.R.E.& USAID Gallery, Lima, Peru

Selected Collections:
Hon. Lara Giddings, Premier & Treasurer of Tasmania, Australia
Mr. & Mrs. Joe Torre, Manager ~ Team USA ~ 2013 World Baseball Classic
Dr. Peter & Dr. Carol Nichols, CSIRO, Hobart, Tasmania
Dr. Patti Virtue, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania
Dr. Jim Rushton, Sandy Bay, Tasmania
Mr. & Mrs. Graham Rae, Woodbridge, Tasmania
Mr. & Mrs. Thompson Fetter, President, San Diego Zoo, La Jolla, CA
Mr. & Mrs. A.H. Smith, Master of the Hunt, Marlborough County, MD
Grand Pacific Resorts, Carlsbad, CA
The Government House, Hondo, Japan
The Office of the Fulbright Commission, Lima, Peru
The Joan Kroc – St. Vincent de Paul Center for the Homeless, San Diego, Ca.
The University of Otago Faculty Club, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

Submitted by Mark C. Grove, Fine Art Appraiser

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Updated information from the artist, September 2014

"I have recently moved back to our home on Maui. I have also won Second Place in Lahaina Town Action Committee’s Inaugural Short Story Competition on April 11, 2014, and have published three children’s books that I’ve written & illustrated:

Sheila the Curious Sheep
Sheila the Curious Sheep Saves the Day
Li Chou and the Dragon’s Promise


I read all three books as part of the Summer Reading Program at the Lahaina Public Library, and the third book, Li Chou and the Dragon’s Promise, was filmed as part of a television show for the Japanese Travel Channel, to be aired in November, 2014 in Japan.


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