Nancy Mee

Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, Nancy attended the University of Washington where she earned a BFA in Printmaking in 1974. Mee spent the year of 1972 at Atelier 17, the studio of S.W. Hayter, where she studied his technique of multicolored etching. In her last year at the University of Washington, she met Dennis Evans whom she married in 1980. Her artist in residency at the Pilchuck School in 1984 had a profound impact on her work. It is there where she experimented with fusing and slumping glass, which opened up tremendous possibilities for new forms and a larger scale. The only vestiges of her printmaking background that can be found in Mee's work are her innovative use of photographic images. In 1994, Mee
was invited as one of seven international artists to the Center for Contemporary Art in Beychevelle, Bordeaux, France, where she was asked to create a body of work using Justice as a theme. This work was then fabricated at her studio in Seattle and shown at Chateau Beychevelle the following year. Mee's sculptures incorporate a variety of materials, including glass, welded and forged steel, bronze, stone and photography. She is shown commercially in several galleries in the United States and is also represented in many public and private collections, nationally and internationally.


Born: 1951, Oakland, California   
Resides:  Seattle, Washington

1974     Bachelor of Fine Arts, Printmaking, University of Washington
1973     Atelier 17, (SW Hayter), Paris, France, 
              The American Center for Art and Artists, Paris, France

2011    Friesen Gallery, The Sultans Library, Ketchum ID    
2009    GoodonWoodside/John Braseth Gallery, “Imagine- After the Deluge…”, Seattle, WA
2008    Friesen Gallery, “Imagine-After the Deluge…”, Ketchum, ID
2004    Gordon Woodside/John Braseth, “The Archaic Forms”, Seattle, WA
2001     Simon/Edwards, “The Guardians”, Yakima, WA
               Kane/Marie, Virginia Beach, VA
2000    Gordon Woodside/John Braseth, “The Sentinels”, Seattle, WA
              Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1999     Simon Edwards, “The Reconstructions”, Yakima, WA
1998     Laura Russo, Portland, OR
1997     Meyerson & Nowinski, “The Laments”, Seattle, WA
1996     Laura Russo, Portland, OR
1995     Indigo, Boca Raton, FL
1994     Linda Farris Gallery, “The Justice Series”, Seattle, WA
1992     Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, WA
               Seattle University, Seattle, WA
1991     Cheney Cowles Museum, “Nancy Mee: The Tension of Dualities”, Spokane, WA
1990     Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, WA
1986     The Allrich Gallery, San Francisco, CA        
1985     Linda Farris Gallery, “Broken Bodies, Borrowed Beauties”, Seattle, WA
1982     Linda Farris Gallery,  “The Architecture of the Spine”, Seattle, WA
1981     Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA
1980     Linda Farris Gallery, “Support”, Seattle, WA
1979     Kauai Museum, Kauai, HA

2012    Best of the Northwest, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
2011    Friesen Gallery, Ketchum ID, The Silver Summit
2010    Concise History of NW Art, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
2008    Tacoma Art Museum, “Speaking Parts”, Tacoma, WA
              Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, “20th Anniversary Exhibition”, Port Angeles, WA
              Friesen Gallery, Seattle, “Seeds of Compassion”, Seattle, WA
2007    Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA  
2006    Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
2004    Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
2001    University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
2000    Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition Invitational, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
              Musée des Arts Decortives, Lausanne, Switzerland
              Kane Marie, Virginia Beach, VA
              Laura Russo, Portland, OR
1999    Gail Severn, Ketchum, ID
              Laura Russo, Portland, OR    
1997    Calido Contemporary Warm Glass, Tucson, AZ
             The Society of Arts and Crafts, “Centennial Glass Exhibition”, Boston, MA
             Milwaukee Art Museum, “Recent Glass Sculpture: A Union of Ideas”, Milwaukee, WI
1996   ARTOPIA, “Divine Flesh: Contemporary Goddess Imagery”, New York, NY
             Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1994    The Allrich Gallery,  (two person), San Francisco, CA
1993    Habitat 21st Annual International Invitational, Farmington Hills, MI
             Centre International d'Art Comtemporain, Chateau Beychevelle, France
1992   The Allrich Gallery, “Human/Nature”, (three person), San Francisco, CA, 
             New Jersey Center For Visual Art, “Contemporary Glass Sculpture: Innovative Form and Expression”,
             Summit, NJ
             Salt Lake Art Center, “Dreams and Shields, Spiritual Dimensions In Contemporary Art”, 
             Salt Lake City, UT    
1991    Tacoma Art Museum, “Glass: Material in the service of Meaning”, Tacoma, WA
              Old Pueblo Museum, Tucson, AZ
1990    The Allrich Gallery, “The Archaeology of Glass”,  (three person), San Francisco, CA                 
1989    Seattle Art Museum, “Figures of Translucence”,  (three person), Seattle, WA
              Western Gallery, Western Washington University, “Specific Gravity”, Bellingham, WA
1988     Seattle Art Museum,  “3D/2D-Sculptors Drawings”, Seattle, WA
1987     San Jose Museum of Art, “Focus: Seattle”, San Jose, CA
              Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, “Vitality of Vision: Works by Women”, Cincinnati, OH
1986     Whatcom Museum of History and Art, “Poetics of Darkness”, (two person), Bellingham, WA
1985     State Capitol Museum,  “Governor’s Invitational”, Olympia, WA
1984     Western Washington State University, “Women in Glass”, Bellingham, WA
1983    Brentwood Gallery,  “Northwest Artists”, St. Louis, MS
              Karl Bornstein Gallery, “X-Change, 5 LA Artists, 5 Seattle Artists”, Los Angeles, CA
1980    Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, “Raconteur”, Seattle, WA
              Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, “Eight Seattle Artists”, Los Angeles, CA

1988    The Betty Bowen Memorial Award, Seattle Art Museum
1985    Washington Arts Commission Artist Fellowship Award

1992    Chateau Beychevelle, Centre International d'Art Contemporian, France
1984    The Pilchuck School, Stanwood, WA

Safeco Corporation  
Microsoft Corporation
Tacoma Public Library
Port Angeles Public Library
Swedish Medical Center
The Washington Center for the Performing Arts    
City of Seattle
King County
Seattle Art Museum
Crocker Art Museum
Seattle Sheraton
Bank of America
State of Washington
Tacoma Art Museum
Musée des Arts Décortives, Lausanne, Switzerland
Newport Harbor Museum
University of Oregon, Knight Library
Hyatt Regency, Roissey, France