Nancy von Lugossy is a California native who grew up on Long Island, New York. She has been living in Rockford for the past 14 years. The mixed media paintings she is currently creating are an amalgam of her last 52 years of experience. She started out studying Philosophy, has a degree in Marketing, and studied Environmental Design at Parson’s School of design in New York. She worked as an Interior Designer in New York until moving to Europe with her husband and daughter in 1991. Moving to Rockford created the challenge of fulfilling herself creatively and taking care of her 3 year old daughter.
Painting was something she could do in between school runs and birthday parties. When her daughter’s school lost their art teacher she filled in for a year. That experience connected her to the Rockford Area Arts Council and the Rockford Art Museum. The Art Museum eventually invited her to be its Artist-in-Residence for the 2002-2003 school year. She has sold her work at the Greenwich Village Art Fair, Art on the Lawn, Spring ArtScene, Fall ArtScene, her own gallery, and to numerous private collectors. A few years ago she took up welding and now with two MIG welders and a plasma cutter in her garage welding studio she’s ready to begin another chapter. To be continued…..
Artist Statement Art is an organic expression that grows from an artist’s soul. Over the years that expression takes many forms. Today my work is taking shape with metal, bark, and beeswax. My schooling was in architecture as sculpture in the environment. Even though these works are small in comparison, to me they are three dimensional spaces within our collective mind.
Nick Votava is a young artist born and raised in Rockford, IL. Nick earned his B.F.A. in painting from the University of Iowa in 2012. Aside from painting he also enjoys working in the mediums of sculpture and printmaking. Nick has shown work in individual and group exhibitions and worked as a gallery coordinator while attending school.
Current Artist Statement:
Rerun, Restate, Repeat
About three years ago I was making Valentines Day cards with a boy as part of a club activity in which I was a member. The boy was mentally and physically disabled, and could not communicate verbally. I handed him a piece of paper and a crayon. As I was drawing on my own valentine I occasionally looked up and watched the boy work. It was amazing to see what he was doing. His paper was covered with an unrecognizable form that he repeated over and over again. He had not been taught to draw this way and could not explain to me why he enjoyed drawing like this, but his hand kept moving in the exact pattern time and time again. It was as if he was searching for a constant in a world of unknowns. I may never meet that boy again, but each time I pick up a pen I am reminded to search for those details we can control. I am reminded to pursue my journey with my entire being. I am reminded to always pursue my craft in a way that makes sense to me. I am reminded to rerun, restate, and repeat.