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Nancy Lovendahl

258 Haystack Lane
Old Snowmass, CO 81654, U.S.A.
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Nancy Lovendahl Resume 


2016  Art In Public Places (AIPP), The Power of Limits, Western Sate Colorado University, Gunnison, CO

2015 AIPP, Home Starts Here, Aspen-Pitkin Housing, Inc., Aspen, CO 

2014 AIPP, Flowmotion, Texas Tech University-Lubbock, TX 

2012 AIPP, Fall Leaves, Margaret Carpenter Rec Center, Thornton, CO 

Private Commission, The Gathering, Rural Gunnison County, CO 

2010 Private Commission, The Sanctuary Park, The Lowry Community, Denver , CO 

2007 AIPP, Our Place, Our Refuge, Community Park, Snowmass Village, CO, 

2006 Private Commission, The Tree of Life, Santa Monica Canyon, CA 

2002 AIPP, Remembering, Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial, Golden, CO  

1998 AIPP, The Elements, Cuernavaca Park, City of Denver, CO 

1997 AIPP, Backbone of Our Community, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX 

1993 Private Commission, Lund and Kelly Memorial Bench, Aspen Art Museum Sculpture Garden, CO 



2015 Artist Residency Fellowship, The Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY (1 month)

         Best Outdoor Art Exhibition Best of Denver, Westword, Sculpture in the Field, Arvada C for the Arts, CO 

2014 Best Outdoor Art Exhibition Best of Denver, Westword, Catalyst, Denver Botanic Gardens, CO

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 Education Fellowship, Colorado Council for the Arts & Humanities 

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

1984 Artist Fellowship, Colorado Council For The Arts & Humanities

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


EXHIBITIONS:  Solo & Two Person Exhibitions:

2017:  RECLAMATION SUITE, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2014:  INTERCESSIONS, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO; 

What is Here?, What is There?, The US & China; The Wyly Art Center, Basalt, CO 

BEING, Nancy Lovendahl & Mary Conover, Anderson Ranch Arts Center (ARAC), Snowmass Village, CO 

2012   Nancy Lovendahl USA, Keramikmuseum, Westerwald, Germany

2010 9th Studio Biennial, Atelier Munsteiner, Stipshausen, Germany-catalog 

NANCY LOVENDAHL, Roentgen Museum, Neuwied, Germany; 

2009 Red Gate Gallery Residency Exhibition, Shangri La Studios, Fei Jia Cun, Beijing, China 

2008 SELECTED WORKS, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO; catalog

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

2002 An Oasis Of Wonder, The Aspen Institute, Adelson Gallery, Aspen, CO 

An Oasis Of Wonder II, Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Sprgs, CO; 

2001 Life As Collaboration, Lovendahl & Keating; MC Ginsberg Gallery, Iowa City, IA

1998   Women in Clay, Nancy Lovendahl & Dianne Kenney McCormick, ARAC, Snowmass Vill, CO 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 2017:  The Evocative Garden NCECA, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR; 2016:  Colorado Women in Abstraction, Metro State Univ. Gallery for the Visual Arts, Denver, CO; Celebrating Community We Share, Anderson Ranch 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Colorado Mountain College, Aspen, CO; 2015: Sculpture, Lawrence Arts Council, KS; UNBOUND, Arvada Center for The Arts (from’14), catalog; 2013-14 CATALYST, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO, catalog; 2014 Nothing is ever what it seems, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO;  SWAN, Carbondale Council for the Arts & Hum, Carbondale, CO (CCAH); 2013 Western, Not Western, Wm Havu Gallery, Denver, CO; 2012 TransXpress, Trans Siberian Railway, China; Crossing the Line- Sculptor’s Drawings, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY; Pirosmani IV, The National Gallery, Tbilissi, Georgia; Organized by The German-Georgian Society & The German Embassy, catalog; 2007 Women Touch:  Ceramics, Curated by Sylvia Netzer and Ron Kuchta, AIR Gallery, NYC; 2006 The Nature of Things & Things in Nature, Art Student's League, Denver, CO; Contemporary Clay 2006, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction,CO; 2005 Drawings Into Sculpture, Montgomery Cntr for the Arts, Skillman, NJ; Texas National, Stephen Austin State Univ, Nacogdoches, TX, catalog; 2004 ISC@GFS,  Internat'l Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ; 2003-98 Sculptural Object & Functional Art Expo (SOFA), Javitts Center, NYC, NY; 1995 Art & Politics, DIN Deutsches Institut fur Normung e. V., Berlin;Art & Politics, Obere Galerie, Berlin, Germany-catalog.1987  Elements Gallery, NYC, NY; 1986 Looking At Earth, National Air & Space Museum, Wash.,D.C.:Cat; 1985 Esther Saks Gallery, Chicago, IL; 1983 Colorado Biennial, Denver Art Museum, CO

COLLECTIONS: 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; The Kirkland Museum, Denver, 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, Aspen, CO


EDUCATION: 1972-73 University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL; 1974-76 Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs, CO; 1980-82 University Without Walls, Loretto Hts. College, Denver, CO: Special Student

REPRESENTATION:  William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO;; Scott Keating Design, Basalt, CO


PUBLICATIONS Selected: 2016 "Nature Studies", LUXE Magazine, pg 264-269; 2014Unbound -Art in the Field”, Michael Paglia, Westword, July 16 ed; 2013 “Arts District” - Catalyst:  The Denver Botanic Gardens,,;  Westword, Michael Paglia, Ed;, Sculpture takes center stage at the Botanic Gardens... Westword, Michael Paglia, Ed; Western Not Western Upends Expectations at Havu Gallery; 2012  Art Built, Then Love, by Stewart Ocksenhorn, The Aspen Times, March 1-7 ed., pg 21; 2009 Art Matters - 'Studio Visit with Nancy Lovendahl' , Grassroots TV, Produced by The Aspen Art Museum; 2007 Colorado Report, Art In America, January Issue, pg. 82; 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 HISTORY: 2016 Chair, Basalt Public Art Committee; 2015 Visiting Artist Lecturer, Lincoln Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE; 2012 Artist Lecture Series, Art In Embassy Community Outreach, hosted by The US Embassy, Countrywide, Belize; 2010- present  Founder & Mentor, ARTMentors Program, Wyly Art Center, Basalt, CO; 2010-12 Board of Trustees, Carbondale Clay Center, CO; 2006 Artist Faculty, Sculpture, Anderson Ranch Arts Center,Snowmass Village, CO; 2001 Artist 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; 1985- 2004 Co-Owner, VP-Branding, PR & Sales:  Scott Keating Design, a jewelry design and manufacturing firm, Aspen, CO;1982-4 Ceramics Dept. Head & Instructor, Colorado Mountain College, Aspen, CO; Co-curator, “Architectural Craft”, 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.



“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


I was born and raised in the Chicago area and escaped what I anticipated would be a confining future to the vast open space of Colorado. This landscape, which is always undergoing large-scale transformations, opens me up to take in changes in my own states of being by casting light on nature's unsentimental approach to shifting realities. My work comes out of and is wrought from the earth. Illusions of stability and instability, safety and danger, stasis and catalyst and above all, transformation, all come into play.  Like the stone of my sculptures, the contours of the natural landscape are always shifting in the light of dawn or dusk and dissolving into or morphing into primal forms.  Their abstract imagery dissolves and coalesces into a samovar, an ancient trail marker or other anthropomorphic forms.  We enter into the landscape environments and discover that our assumptions of what we think we see or know are tenuous, or fleeting, or not at all what they seem.  

I began stone carving to add more poetry to my outdoor artworks. Stone has added a deeper dimension of meaning by encouraging me to think in geologic time, driving me into new forms. My carving approach is contemporary and hi-tech yet avoids “technological obsolescence,” as one administrator put it. This is because I make art of this time and place that is also steeped in a long carving tradition and history that goes  back to the Paleolithic era.  Conceptually, I grapple to make sense of the world around me physically by making sculpture, like a "call and response" with my environment. My sculpture studio team and I physically work on all aspects of every project.  This constant collaboration is essential to make the creative decisions arising moment to moment in the making process itself.  This is where the edge of pure discovery is for me.  That edge is what continually ignites my search for self; body, mind and spirit through art.  

Public art also offers a great challenge for any artist with its multiple demands of civic engagement, conceptual relevance and longevity of form. Each of these needs create boundaries for me to push through to new modes of creative invention for every project. That "push through” ignites my deepest capacity for innovation and creativity. These are not boundaries but opportunities I wish to fulfill for a community.


My artwork has been shown nationally and internationally in galleries and museums, commissioned for public and private collections such as The Phillips Petroleum Company and included in museum collections such as The Smithsonian in Washington, DC and The Keramikmuseum in Germany.  Recent & upcoming exhibitions include The National Gallery in Tbilisi, Georgia, “The Evocative Garden” at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland OR and a one-person show “Reclamation Suite” at The William Havu Gallery, Denver next fall.  I live and work in Old Snowmass, CO with my husband, jewelry designer Scott Keating, and my dog and cat.      

Nancy Lovendahl, Artist.