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Nancy Lovendahl

258 Haystack Lane
Old Snowmass, CO 81654, U.S.A.
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Nancy lives and works in rural Colorado and is originally from Chicago, Illinois.



2013 Commission Winner, Art In Public Places Program (AIPP), Texas Tech University-Lubbock ($57K)

2012 Commission Winner, AIPP, Margaret Carpenter Rec Center, Thornton, CO ($10K)

2011-12 Commissioned, Private Commission, The Gathering, Rural Gunnison County, CO ($300K)

2010 Commission Winner, Private Commission, The Sanctuary Park, The Lowry Community, Denver , CO ($500K)

2007 Commission Winner, AIPP, Snowmass Village Community Park, CO, ($60K)

2002 Commission Winner, AIPP, Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial, Golden, CO  ($13K)

Commission Winner, AIPP, Cuernavaca Park, City of Denver, CO ($60K)

1997 Commission Winner, AIPP, Backbone of Our Community, DART, Dallas, TX ($13K)

1993 Commission Winner, Private Commission, Lund and Kelly Memorial Bench, Aspen Art Museum, CO ($1K)



2012 Artist in Residence, The Wilderness Workshop - Artist in Wilderness Program, CO

2009 Artist In Residence, The Red Gate Residency Program, Beijing, China (2 Months)

2007 Purchase Award, The United States Art In Embassy Program, The American Embassy, Belize

1999 Visiting Artist, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO (bronze project)

1998 Best New Public Art, Best of Denver, Westword, Denver, CO

1994 Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO

1985 Artist-In-Residence Fellowship, Colorado Council for the Arts & Humanities 

Honorable Mention, Looking at Earth, Nat’l Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Wash.,D.C.

1984 Artist Education Fellowship, Colorado Council For The Arts & Humanities

Certificate of Merit, Ninth Biennale International de Ceramique D'Art, Vallauris, France- Catalog


EXHIBITIONS:  Selected One Person and Special Exhibitions: 

2014  INTERCESSIONS, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

           Being, AndersonRanch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO

2013-14 Catalyst: Colorado Sculpture, Denver Botanic Garden, Denver, CO; Sculpture Invitational

2012 Nancy Lovendahl USA, Keramikmuseum, Westerwald, Germany; Pirosmani IV, The National Gallery, Tbilissi, Georgia; Organized by The German-Georgian Society & The German Embassy

2010 9th Studio Biennial, Atelier Munsteiner, Stiphausen, Germany; Roentgen Museum Exhibition, Neuwied, Germany

2009 Red Gate Gallery Resident’s Exhibition, Shangri La Studios, Fei Jia Cun, Beijing, China

2008 Selected Works, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO; catalog

2007 Women Touch:  Ceramics, Curated by Sylvia Netzer and Ron Kuchta, AIR Gallery, NYC

2006 ORGANICS-Sara Ransford & Nancy Lovendahl, Red Brick Arts Ctr, Aspen, CO

2005 Texas National, Stephen Austin State Univ, Nacogdoches, TX - Cat

2004 ISC@GFS,  Internat'l Sculpture Center First Annual Member's Juried Exhibition, Hamilton, NJ

2002 An Oasis Of Wonder II, Colorado Mountain College, Glen’d Sprgs, CO; An Oasis Of Wonder, The Aspen Institute, Adelson Gallery, Aspen, CO

2001 Life As Collaboration, MC Ginsberg Gallery, Iowa City, IA

1995 Art & Politics, DIN Deutsches Institut fur Normung e. V., Berlin, Germany; Cat.; Art & Politics, Obere Galerie, Berlin, Germany -Catalog


Selected Group Exhibitions: 2014 UNBOUND Sculpture in the Field, The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities 2013 Sculpture 3, Carbdonale Council for  the Arts & Humanities (CCAH), CO; Cohabitation, Cooperation, Collaboration, CCAH, CO; 2012 TransXpress Postcard Show, Trans Siberian Railway, China; Crossing the Line- Sculptor’s Drawings, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY; 2006 The Nature of Things and Things in Nature, Art Student's League, Denver, CO; Contemporary Clay 2006, 9th Annual; Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction,CO; Women In Clay, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO; 2005 Drawings Into Sculpture, Montgomery Cntr for the Arts, Skillman, NJ; 2003-98 Sculptural Object & Functional Art Expo (SOFA), Javitts Center, NYC, NY; 1987  Elements Gallery, NYC, NY; 1986 Looking At Earth, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst, Wash.,D.C.:Cat; 1985 Esther Saks Gallery, Chicago, IL; 1983 Colorado Biennial, Denver Art Museum, CO


COLLECTIONS - Selected Public & Private: Keramikmuseum, Westerwald, Germany; The American Embassy, Belmopan, Belize; The National Gallery, Tbilissi, Georgia; Smithsonian Institution, Nat'l Air and Space Museum, Wash., D.C.; Aspen Art Museum Sculpture Garden, CO; Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers, Denver, CO; Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority, Dallas, TX; Mayor's Office Of Art Culture and Film, Denver, CO; Phillips Petroleum Corporation, Denver, CO; Fagadau Energy Corporation, Dallas, TX; National Bank of Commerce, Houston, TX; Cicero Recording Studio, NYC, NY; Karen and Robert Duncan, Lincoln, NE; Dee & Charles Wyly, Woody Creek, CO; among others.


EDUCATION: University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL; Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs, CO; University Without Walls, Loretto Hts. College, Denver, CO: Special Student


REPRESENTATION:  William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO; Loveed Fine Art, NYC, NY


PUBLICATIONS - Selected: 2013 Western Not Western Upends Expectations at Havu Gallery, Westword, Michael Paglia, Ed;, Sculpture takes center stage at the Botanic Gardens... Westword, Michael Paglia, Ed 2012  Art Built With Rage, Then Love, by Stewart Ocksenhorn, The Aspen Times, March 1-7 ed., pg 21; Pressing Art Into Prints: Lovendahl Joins Monothon at Anderson Ranch, Aspen Business Journal, March 2, 2012;; 2007 Colorado Report, Art In America, January Issue, pg. 82; 2006 Eggs & Trees, Cat. Essay, Arlene Raven, PhD. Art Historian and former Art Critic for The Village Voice, New York; 2003 A Show With A Good Sense of Humor, NY Times Art Review of ISC@GFS, by Benjamin Genocchio, Sunday Ed., Aug. 10; An Oasis Of Wonder, Review by Laura Dixon, SCULPTURE MAGAZINE, April, Vol.22, #3,p7; Mostly Under Glass at DIA, Critical Ceramics, RE:Views Denver Post, by Mary Cey


PROFESSIONAL & PERSONAL HISTORY: 2012 Lecturer, Art In Embassy Community Outreach, hosted by The US Embassy, Countrywide, Belize 2010- present  Founder & Mentor, Wyly Young Women's Studio Mentorship Program, Wyly Community Art Center, Basalt, CO; 2010-12 Board of Trustees Carbondale Clay Center, CO; 2006 Faculty, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Sculpture Department, Snowmass Village, CO; 2001 Guest Lecturer, University of Iowa, Dept. of Ceramics; 1997-99 Board Of Trustees, Aspen Snowmass Council for the Arts; 1995 Conference Panelist, Art & Politics, Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, Berlin, Germany; Cultural Liaison, City of Aspen /Japan Cultural Exchange, Katsuyama, Japan; 1994 Conference Panelist, Art & Politics, Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, Aspen, CO; 1989 Researcher for "Sculpey", sculpture material for Mattel; 1988 Artist-in- Residence, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO; Researcher Colorcore (tm), Formica Corporaton; 1985- 2004 Co-Owner, VP Brand Mgmt, PR & Sales:  Scott Keating Design, a jewelry design and manufacturing firm, Aspen, CO; 1984 Study/Travel to China and Asia; 1982 Ceramics Dept. Head & Instructor, Colorado Mountain College, Aspen, CO (through '84); Co-curator, "Architectural Craft" Exhibition, Aspen Art Museum, CO (AAM); 1979-80  Assistant Director to Philip Yenawine, Director, AAM; Curator, "Please Touch", A Tribute to Jean Eyemere, Sculptor & Founder of the Blind Outdoor Leisure Development Program (BOLD), AAM; Exhibition Designer, "Cowboys and Indians"- Photographs of Douglas Kent Hall, AAM; 1978-79  Writer, ARTifacts column; The Guide, Aspen/Snowmass Publications 


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: The International Sculpture Center;  Americans for The Arts- The Public Art Network; The Western States Arts Foundation -The Artist’s Registry & Public Art Archive; The National Council for The Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO; The Carbondale Clay Center, CO; The Denver Art Museum Contemporaries, CO; The Aspen Art Museum, CO



“Nancy Lovendahl’s art has extraordinary beauty of surface 

and structure.

Yet the classical appearance of her sculpture

contains a disorderly psychological undercurrent.

An artist working in Colorado

with its high mountains, big skies, and clear horizons,

she has taken a vast surrounding nature and brought it 


These convolutions and involutions

are not achieved without this artist’s entering

the discomforting territory of the living,

where organisms, by virtue of their eternal changeability,

make all borders waver.”

Arlene Raven, PhD.; Art Critic and Writer


"Her mystical works are intimate and relate not only the artist's personal quest for meaning in nature and within herself but also point to something of a universal need in this over-cultivated world... to accept a rebalancing of ourselves with nature.  Her works invite a sense of intimacy with nature, creating a physical place in which to do this rebalancing within oneself."  


Ron Kuchta, Editor, American Ceramics Magazine



My artwork reflects my interest in human nature and physical nature:  or the relationship between the ephemeral and tangible in life.  Notions of rediscovery, renewal and hope are also present.


I have always loved rocks and being outside.  Nature is still my safe place.  As a little kid, I ran into our house clutching discovered rock treasures for my collection.  I then started painting them and giving them away as precious gifts to those selected people who I felt understood me.   I went to the University of Illinois studying ceramics and moved west, escaping what I anticipated would be a predictable, dull adult life in my childhood home of the Chicago suburbs.  


Today I live in a very physical, mountainous location on the western slope of Colorado, making 3-dimensional ceramic and stone sculpture to grapple with this astonishing presence surrounding me.  I have found a “call and response” with these surroundings in the studio.  Without it, I wouldn’t know “who” or “where” I am in life.  Many times, I only discover the “who” or “where” when I look back on what has been made.  This relationship is my renewal.


Nancy Lovendahl, Artist.