Nancy E.F. Halbert

Painting/Drawing

Figurative


 

Landscape


 

Archived Work

 

Contact Information

Havertown, PA
e-mail: Nancy E.F. Halbert
www.nancyhalbertart.com
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Statement

“Boredom is foreign to Halbert’s paintings-variation , not repetition, is her rule in dealing with the figure. Several of her finest subjects achieve an independent complexity in their rugged, hearty dignity.”
— Victoria Donahue, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/17/11

I was a choreographer and modern dancer for most of my life. It is the balance between energy and stillness that I focus on in my art. I reflect this discord in a gestural, painterly, and contemporary style. The paintings show a contradiction between motion and stillness. Using a variety of media to create a raw, yet, luminous painting style, as I draw into paint. I experiment with mixing materials, such as, pencil with thinner, or charcoal with oil and create painted collages of varying surfaces. Fabrics may be integrated to provide a sense of place. Traditionally, I begin as I would when choreographing a dance, one element moving into the next. A line begins, takes shape into mass, which will deepen with color, and then culminates into an expressionistic, impressionistic experience.

My paintings are an honest representation developed through a feminine looking glass. I look inward to paint my own personal and honest journey. I am surrounded by strong personalities and I dream vivid dreams. The mixture is a heavy cocktail between stillness and constant activity, merging a sense of abstraction with a reality leading me to paint motion to evoke emotion.

I have had an extensive career teaching art to students of all levels and ages. My teaching is an integral part of my art making process. I never stop growing as an artist by listening to others while empowering students to create in their own personal style. I am available for workshops and private lessons in a variety of media.

Artist Bio

Nancy E. F. Halbert, a former dancer, choreographer, has a Masters in Art Education from the University of the Arts, with a prior MFA in Dance from Temple University. Nancy was a participant of Vermont Studio Center , April, 2013, where she received a fellowship to participate. She is featured in Studio Visit Magazine, 2013. Her paintings have exhibited in Woodmere Art Museum’s Juried Contemporary Art Show, 2009, 2012, James Oliver Gallery, several exhibits at the Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Art in City Hall and other prominent shows in the Philadelphia area. She teaches art to students of all ages at the Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA, the Creutzberg Campus of Lower Merion Township and in her Studio. She has been a member of the artist cooperative MUSE Gallery in Philadelphia for six years. Her paintings are in collections in Australia and the United States.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2012
endure., MUSE Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Lignet Roset, Philadelphia, PA

Merion Art and Repro, First Friday Main Line, Ardmore, PA

2011
vows, MUSE Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2010
A Painted Diary, Knapp Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009
e-motion, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Balance Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Merion Art and Repro, First Friday Main Line, Ardmore, PA

Jewel of India, First Friday Main Line, Ardmore, PA

Two-person

2008
Blending Forms: paintings and pottery, Tyme Gallery, Havertown, PA

Groups

2013
Body of Work, The FAF, Woodbury, NJ
Juried Exhibition

4 Artists: Halbert, Burrus, O’Halloran, Zimmerman, MUSE Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

A Celebration of Art and Life Exhibition, The Pearlman Center, Philadelphia, PA

Vermont Studio Center, Residency Program, Johnson, VT

2012
71st Contemporary Art Show, Woodmere Art Museum Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Alex Kanevsky

Professional Membership Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2011
34th Anniversary Show, MUSE Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

SCORE!, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

PROCESS, Aktion Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Immaculata University Art Show, Berwyn, PA
Invitational

In Person, Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA
Juried Exhibition

2010
33rd Anniversary Show, MUSE Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2009
The Rhythmic Figure, ICO Gallery, New York, NY

32nd Anniversary Show, MUSE Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

6th Annual Betsy Meyer Memorial, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juror: Julien Robson

Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Contemporary Visions, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Sam Gillian

Members Exhibit Together, Knapp Gallery, Philadelphia PA

Members Show, Twenty-Two Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Six of One, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Sherman Mills, Carano Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Carano Gallery, Sherman Mills, Philadelphia, PA

New Members Show, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Artsisters, Gyphon Cafe, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

IDENTITY, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Faculty Show, Main Line Art, Haverford, PA

Works On Paper, The Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

2006
Painting the Unclothed Figure, Fine Arts Gallery, Exton, PA

Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

The Art League, American College, Bryn Mawr, PA

Artists Guild of Delaware County, Darlington Arts Center, PA

2005
Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Member Exhibit, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2004
Member Exhibit, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2002
Juried Graduate Show, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Exhibitions Juried

2011
Inner Essence, Tyme Gallery, Havertown, PA

Other

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
POST, Philadelphia, PA

Education

2002
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MA, Teaching in the Visual Arts

1984
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Choreography and Dance Performance

1979
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
BFA, Dance and Arts Administration

Awards and Honors

2016
2nd Place Prize, The 2016 Annual Domenic DiStefano Memorial-Works on Paper Show, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Award in Best in Abstraction, Small Oil Show, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Featured Artist, Studio Visit Magazine, A Juried, National Publication

Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

1989
City of Philadelphia Citation Award as the Executive Director of the CEC Philadelphia, PA

1987
Choreography Fellowship, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

1985
Residency Grant Recipient, Interdisciplinary Performance, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

1980
Outstanding Student Achievement Award, Expanded Arts Department, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Affiliations

3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Maureen’s Gallery, Exton, PA
The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
FigurativeArtists.Org
Saatchi Art

Professional Experience

2009 – 2011
Volunteer Director, MUSE Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2003 – present
Instructor, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2005 – present
Instructor, Lower Merion Township Main Line School Night, Creutzberg Campus, Radnor, PA

2004 – 2007
Instructor, District of Haverford Township, Haverford Night School, Haverford, PA

2003 – 2005
Instructor, Continuing Education Department, Delaware County Community College, Media, PA

2002 – 2003
Art Teacher, Lynnewood Elementary School

Art Teacher, Haverford High School School District of Haverford Township, Havertown, PA

1995 – 2000
Decorative Painter, murals, furniture, faux finishes

1989 – 1992
Consultant – to non-profit arts organizations and artists in grant writing and program development in Philadelphia

1985 – 1989
Executive Director, Community Education Center (THE CEC), a non-profit educational and cultural arts center serving diverse populations and citywide independent visual and performing artists.

1979 – 1991
Choreographer, modern dancer and teacher

Bibliography

2013
Studio Visit Magazine, January 2013

Collections

Paintings and Drawings are in private collections in United States and Australia

 

 

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