Nancy Agati

Installation/Mixed Media

Objects found, the discarded
are resurrected
as forms to be considered, to be reconstructed

things noticed from the periphery
are extracted directly from nature
or sidewalks

I have a penchant for elegance, a sense of order,
to investigate pattern and geometry
the essence of the natural state

it involves a process of subtraction
of stripping down to the thinnest layer
to be rebuilt, altered and situated

poised for reflection
or simply to notice

then again, continue to transform into further entities


Messages Series

Messages Series was produced during the summer of 2004 in New Mexico; each began with rubbings and digital photographs of insect infestation from the bark of a Pinon tree. Bark beetles are destroying these trees due to an extended drought throughout the Southwest. The patterns that are left on the interior of the bark are stunningly beautiful and suggest a form of language – communication. Several of the paintings include patterns generated by a scanned image of the human fingerprint. The painting of these combined patterns simulates the image of moving and spiraling water. In juxtaposing beauty with destruction, these pieces present thoughts about the cycle of nature and man’s influence on its course.


Arroyo Series

These small paintings on mylar offer a glimpse of my sense of place in nature. The series began with the observation of one specific pool of water. I was looking for a feminine form, a vessel shape, a passageway that drew a connection between nature and myself. Water and its surrounding landscape was the answer, and have been the catalysts for the work that I have produced over the past four years. No piece is a direct record or observation. Each is an impression and a response to the landscape.

Contact Information

e-mail: Nancy Agati
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.


The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Alfred University, College of Art and Design, Alfred, NY

Awards and Honors

MFA Faculty Award, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Artist Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

Painting Award, Honorable Mention, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

Window of Opportunity Award, The Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Bibliography

Kirsch, Andrea, “Philadelphia Introductions: Nancy Agati“, InLiquid, January 8, 2007

Fallon, Roberta, “Shout Out for OutsideIN”, artblog, June 14, 2006

Donohue, Victoria, “Out of Bucks, A Thrilling Feast”, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Strauss, R.B., “A Most Revealing and Revelatory Exhibition”, Chadds Ford Post

Falzone, Paul, “Crises”, Newslink, Annenberg School for Communications,
University of Pennsylvania

Annenberg School sponsors CRISES: exhibition commemorating anniversaries of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina” The Annenberg School for Communication, September 2006

Newhall, Edith, “Art Alliance shakes it up”, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 2006

Haverford School Art Teacher Nancy Agati’s Fluir In New Mexico Show“, Haverford School News, Haverford, PA

Strauss, R.B., “Visions Merge at Pentimenti”, The University City Review, Philadelphia, PA

Fallon, Roberta, “Friday sampler”, artblog, December 06, 2004


Caldwell, Melissa, OutsideIN, Exhibition Catalogue

Selected Exhibitions


Drawn to Scale, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Helix Series, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg, PA

Pools and Paragraphs, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

Terra Toma, ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation, Chicago, IL

Terra Toma, Allens Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA


Re.action, Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park, Solomons, MD

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Rosenwald Wolf Gallery & The Milk Depot, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Nature-Mystics, Arts Scene, West Chester, PA

Atmosphere in Flux, Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY

9th International Open, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
Juried Exhibition

Crises, The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, PA

OUTsideIN, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia. PA

Elemental, Wired Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

Landscape Revisited, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

The Nature of Language, LAND/ART site, Albuquerque, NM

Contemporary Drawing, TW Wood Gallery, Vermont University, Montpelier, VT

Patterns, Rhythms and Cycles, Mt. Scott Art Center, Portland, OR

20”x20”x20” Compact Exhibition, LSU Union Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

Generations 04 Invitational, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

50/50, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

Regional Small Works, Main Street Gallery, Groton, NY

Small, Smaller, Smallest, Bromfield Art Gallery, Boston, MA

New Works in Paint, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ

Modular Multiples, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Art on Paper, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD



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