Nancy Wolfe  Paintings and Drawings

Nancy Wolfe

​6625 Park Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: 734-358-5857

Born: 1942, Detroit, Michigan, lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Bachelor of Science in Education, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Current Gallery Affiliations
2011 Josef Glimer Gallery, Chicago Illinois
2011 WangFuJing Mo Xiang Ge Art Gallery, Beijing, China
2009 Pierre Paul Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan
2001 Toledo Museum of Art Gallery Shop, Toledo, Ohio

​Selected Solo Exhibitions
2013    Josef Glimer Gallery, Chicago, IL, ​Painting Poetry, poetry reading at reception 
2012    Café Zolas, Ann Arbor, MI, Float
2012    Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI, Inside/Out
2011    Josef Glimer Gallery, Chicago, IL, "Y"
2011    Café Zolas, Ann Arbor, MI, Unearthed
2009    Café Zolas, Ann Arbor, MI, The Poet Reads
2009    St. Cecelia’s Music Center, Grand Rapids, MI, Blue on Blue
2008    Jackson Community College, Jackson, MI, In the Painting Studio
2006    Pfizer Research & Development, Ann Arbor, MI, She Takes a Walk
2001    Michigan Guild Gallery, Ann Arbor MI, Two Roads
1998    Michigan Guild Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI, Almost Touching
1994    Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI, Motion

Selected Group Exhibitions
2013    Governor’s Official Residence House, Lansing, MI, Pierre Paul Gallery,     
2013, Governor's Collection.Michigan Artists
​2013    Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI, Minor Key, two-person exhibition
2011    Raymond James Investment, Ann Arbor, MI, Four Seasons
2010    Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI, Four Seasons
​2010    Chelsea Center for the Arts, Chelsea, MI, Four Seasons
2009    Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI, Opposites Attract, two-person exhibition
​2008    Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, Four Seasons
2002    Visual Arts, Minneapolis, MN, Selected Work, two-person exhibition
1999    Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI, Twelve Inches 
1998    Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI, Nine
1997    Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI, Nine
1996    Janice Charach Epstein Museum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Touch  two-person exhibition 

Publications and catalogues

2013    Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry, edited by William Olsen & Jack Ridl, selected paintings, published by New Issues Poetry & Prose, College of Arts and Sciences, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 1st Edition, copyright 2013

2013    Michael Nagara and Nancy Wolfe, Minor Key, review by John Carlos Cantu, Arbor News, Entertainment, October 20 Selected Quotation:…”is an abstracted kind of art that despite its title is anything but minor”.

2013    The Michigan Governor’s Lansing Residence Art Catalog, catalog, presented by Pierre Paul Art Gallery

​2008    4 Seasons, Works Created in Response to the Environment, catalog, Jean Noble Parsons Center for the Study of Art and Science

2008    Intriguing work large and small, selected works, photos by Leisa Thompson, Ann Arbor News, July 16 

2006    Vivid paintings, Metal flowers, review by John Carlos Cantu, Ann Arbor  News, Sunday, December 24, page C4

2004    Featured work in Art Showcase Magazine, Art Fairs, 2004

2003     But still the one, photograph of the artist, by Marianne Rzepka, Ann Arbor Art Fair, Ann Arbor News, July 15, page 5 Entertainment 

2002    Voicing the Arts, review of Michigan Guild Gallery exhibit in DialogueJournal, Ohio, January 

2001    Four selected works shown in Showcase Magazine, Ann Arbor News, November

​2000    Selected Painting, Reluctantly, on Cover of Michigan Bar Journal, January, Volume 79, No. 1

​1999    Collage/Drawings, Nancy Wolfe and Judy McGee, review by John Carlos Cantu, Ann Arbor News, January 1
Selected Quotation:
“The whole of the series Cocktail Party, by Nancy Wolfe plays upon this opposition between absence and appearance. In some drawings, her figuration is so attenuated as to make the artwork virtually abstract. In others, the modification of the collage elements reinforces the disjunction she seemingly enjoys to explore between time and space.”

​1998    Nine, review by John Carlos Cantu, Ann Arbor News, May 23, page D1
Selected Quotation:
​“Wolfe’s Park Road, Autumn and Park Road, Winter are heroic scaled oil paintings whose mingling of hermetic elements create moody semi-abstractions that work on the expressionist level.”

1995    Selected Photo, Dream, published in Detroit Monthly Magazine, full page, June 

1994    A Journal, review by John Carlos Cantu, Ann Arbor News, December 15, page 8 Selected Quotation:“Nancy Wolfe’s latest exhibit finds her mingling stream of consciousness with her gestural style of art. Fusing her action paint stroke to the journal entries embroiders across her working surface. 

​1992    Paintings express interesting paradoxes, review by John Carlos Cantu, Ann Arbor News Ann Arbor News, January     Selected Quotation:“The scale of many of her paintings is “heroic” and they have a vivaciousness that’s equal measures impulsive gesture and impassioned expression. Most important, there’s a reliance on myth and metaphor in her works’ titles that …orients the viewer toward the mood she is striving to establish…”


Adjunct Professor and Lecturer in Art

​ 1996 to present, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MIFoundation courses and Visual Journal, an approach to Image and Word 

2006 to present, Wayne State University Art Therapy, Detroit, MIVisual Journal, an approach to Image and Word

2009 to present, Washtenaw Community College, Ypsilanti, MI Drawing 

2006-2007, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Painting

1995-1996, Adrian College, Adrian, MI Painting, 2-D Design

Other Current Position

2009, Art Coordinator at Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor Michigan

Previous Professional Experience

​1980-1984, Publisher of Photoworks, a photographic quarterly journal of interviews and photo essays of national and regional photographers, published in Ann Arbor, MI, distributed to colleges, universities,galleries and photographic shops throughout Southeastern Michigan, and Northern Ohio.

1975-1997, Co-owner of Precision Photographics, professional photographic lab, Ann Arbor, MI 


​2008, Figure drawing on Jazz Edgefest poster, Kerrytown Concert House,  Ann Arbor, MI
2006, Painting of 17 on Street Banners, Ann Arbor, MI
2002, Painting of Bath Oil on Jazz Edgefest poster, Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI
2000, Painting of Reluctantly selected for Cover of Michigan Bar Journal, January Issue, Vol.79, no. 1
​2000, King Calkins Award and Best of Show, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

2000, Graduate School Purchase Award for artistic excellence, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

Additional studies

Poetry with Christine Hume, Eastern Michigan University, 2008
Figure study with painter Mingshi Huang, 2006
​Independent studies in photography, continuing