Biography

 

 

 

After 22 years of teaching in public schools and 20 years as Collections and Exhibitions Manager for the Art Galleries and Museum at Sweet Briar College, Nancy McDearmon says it is finally her turn.  She is ready to focus her energy and artistic vision on her own creative processes.

 

While teaching full time, during the active years of raising twins and concurrent years of caregiving for multiple family members, her creative drive was placed fairly low on the list of priorities. But the desire to create can only be submerged so far and for so long.  Regardless of other demands, Nancy found time to continue her studies developing skills in photography, pottery and graphic design but mainly focusing on her own perceived weaknesses – color and painting techniques. She studied with pre-WWII German painter, Leni Stokes and later with regional plein air painter Ron Boehmer. She continues to participate in a critique group, meeting 6 times yearly with other artists to review their latest works.

 

McDearmon’s paintings range from landscapes in oils painted on location often on multiple surfaces to mixed media images on canvas.  The VA Tech graduate says her role at SBC provided her biggest education - allowing her to continue interacting with students while meeting working artists, consulting with them to install their exhibits. And every day, she worked in a space surrounded by wonderful works by artists of the past.  Now that it’s her turn.  Nancy says, “The clock is ticking – whatever you want to do, get on with it.”

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Solo Exhibitions

         

       2018      VMRC, Harrisonburg, VA, Virginia in the Round

                      Bridgewater College, Virginia in the Round

          2015     Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, VA, Virginia in the Round

                      Farmers Bank, Dilwyn, VA, Mount Rush

                      Crozet Cares, Tabor Presbyterian, Crozet, VA

          2014     Crozet Cares, Tabor Presbyterian, Crozet, VA

          2013     Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, VA, Not Quite Sacred Geometry 

 

Curated Exhibitions

         

          2017      Amherst Co. Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, Resurrecting Dearborn

          2015      Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, VA, Virginia in the Round

                       Farmers Bank, Dilwyn, VA, Mount Rush

                       Crozet Cares, Tabor Presbyterian, Crozet, VA

          2014      Crozet Cares, Tabor Presbyterian, Crozet, VA

          2013      Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, VA, Not Quite Sacred Geometry 

          2011      Sweet Briar College Benedict Gallery, Sweet Briar, VA, Real Women Who Paint,

                                    Five artists

          2010      Town of Amherst 100th Anniversary Art Walk, curator and participating artist

          2009      Sweet Briar College Babcock Gallery, Sweet Briar; VA, 100 Views of High Peak,

                                    Part 2, curator and participating artist

          2008      Sweet Briar College Babcock Gallery, Sweet Briar; VA, 100 Views of High Peak,

                                    Part 1, curator and participating artist

          2007      Amherst County Historical Museum, Amherst, VA, Resurrecting Dearborn,

                                    curator and participating artist

          2004      Sweet Briar College Benedict Gallery, Sweet Briar, Blue Table Society,

                                    curator and participating artist

 

 

Awards

 

          2012       Award for Painting, Lynchburg, VA, Lynchburg Art Festival, juror: Berry

          2011       Award for Painting, Lynchburg, VA, Lynchburg Art Festival, juror: David Dodge Lewis

          2009       Award for Painting, Lynchburg, VA, Lynchburg Art Festival,

                                   Juror: Richard Crozier, Campbell Insurance Award

          2008       Purchase Award, Centra Health Foundation, The Allen B. Pearson Regional

                                   Cancer Center, Lynchburg, VA

          2007       Award for Painting, Lynchburg, VA, Lynchburg Art Festival,

                                   Juror: Andras J. Bality, Bank of the James Award

          2005       Award for Painting, Lynchburg, VA, Lynchburg Art Festival, Juror: Megan Marlatt

          2004       Award for Painting, Lynchburg, VA, Lynchburg Art Festival,

                                   Juror Jen Shelley, NB Handy Award for Painting, Lynchburg, VA

 

Special Programs and Publications

 

                         Town of Amherst 100th Anniversary, A is for the Town of Amherst, creative concept and director/editor/fund raiser

                         Sweet Briar College Friends of Art, Visions, Vol. IX, No. 1, Fall 2009, p. 12

                         Sweet Briar College Art Gallery grant program; Africa Tour for 9th grade World Geography

                                  students, with Kimberly Morse-Jones, instructional planner and tour coordinator

                         Amherst County Historical Museum, Amherst, VA, Resurrecting Dearborn, curator

                                  and participating artist

                         Kids in College. Sweet Briar College, Pinhole Photography, instructor, 2002 – 2011

                         Society for Arts in Health Care, Fairmont Crossing, Amherst, VA, Fabric Memories

                                  Quilt Project, creative director/instructor, presented by AGAR at SAH National Conference, Buffalo, NY, 2009

                         Central VA Suzuki Institute, Sweet Briar College, Pinhole Photography, instructor, 2004

                         Sweet Briar College Art Gallery grant program, From the Ground Up: architecture study

                                  for high school students, program director, 2002

                         Sweet Briar College Art Gallery grant program; About the Sky: weather study through

                                  art and science for 2nd grade, instructional planner/tour coordinator, 1999  

                         Girl Scouts of America, Troop 528, Amherst, VA; Wildflowers of VA Badge, author, 1996

                         Churches of Amherst County, 1996 – 2000, Habitat for Humanity Community Calendar,

                                  Amherst, VA, illustrator

                         Girl Scouts of America, Troop 528, Amherst, VA; Archaeology Badge, author, 1994

                         New Horizons, Amherst County Public Schools, Amherst, VA, Pinhole Photography,

                                  1992 – 1998, and Ceramics, 1988 – 1991, instructor

 

Volunteer Work

        

           2010       Virginia Association of Museums workshop, Museums on a Budget, Charlottesville, VA

           2008       Virginia Association of Museums workshop, Maggie Walker House, Richmond, VA

1992 – 2002       VA Skyline Girl Scout Council, Troop 528; Leader

1986 – 1998       Amherst Presbyterian Church, Amherst, VA; Sunday School Teacher

1991 – 1996       Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Forest, VA; artist in archaeology lab, Barbara Heath, director

 

 

Teaching and  other  work Experience

                          Sweet Briar College Art Gallery and Museum, Sweet Briar, VA, Collections and Exhibitions Manager, 1998 – 2018

                          Sweet Briar College Arts Management Program, Sweet Briar, VA, student practicum site host/mentor, 2005 - 2018

                          Amherst County Public Schools, Amherst, VA, Gifted Visual Arts Program Coordinator and Instructor in Art (grades 4-8)

                          Amherst Junior High School, Amherst County Public Schools, Amherst, VA,  Instructor in Art

                          Iaeger Intermediate School, McDowell CO, WV, Instructor in Art

                          Project Upward Bound, VA Tech, Blacksburg, VA, Instructor in Art

 

Certifications

 

                          Virginia Department of Education, Certified Art Instructor, K – 12, 1973– 1998

 

Education / Private instruction

 

                          BA in Studio Art, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

                          Graduate Studies at Institute, WV; art for special education

                          Oil painting in the manner of the Old Masters, Helen Stokes, instructor

                          Photography, Sweet Briar College, Nancy Renner, instructor

                          Ceramics, Sweet Briar College, Joe Monk, instructor

                          Digital Design, Sweet Briar College, Nancy Marion, instructor

                          Plein Aire painting, Lynchburg, VA, Ron Boehmer, instructor

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