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ABOUT | THE ARTIST

Nancy Shapiro
is an internationally recognized artist, metalsmith and jewelry designer. Her work is of a contemporary nature and celebrates the beauty found in organic forms and processes.

Nancy’s career has spanned over 35 years as a gold and silversmith. She has been honored to receive many awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Craftsman Grant and Fulbright Fellowship in the Arts to Italy, where she worked as a gold fabricator and precious stone setter. She completed her M.F.A. in the 1970s and her education includes study at the Reitveld Academy in the Netherlands learning classic European techniques, and time at the American craft schools Haystack, Penland and Arrowmont.

Aside from her work as a studio artist, Nancy has trained many young metalsmiths through her renowned apprenticeship program and as a university professor. She is widely exhibited and known for her innovative use of the cuttlebone casting technique. She has championed the method internationally and is an expert with direct
pour casting techniques. The relief patterns she captures serve as aesthetic inspiration for her wearable art.

Nancy’s cuttlebone designs have been shown in many forums from art and science museums to fine art galleries. Venues include the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, the San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego California and The Art Institute of
Chicago, Chicago Illinois
.

Apart from her art, Nancy and her husband, Howard Shapiro, were certified organic farmers and orchard keepers on 17 acres in Northern New Mexico, where they developed the company, Seeds of Change. Prior to New Mexico, they resided in Chicago, Illinois. They relocated to Davis, California in 2007, where they continue their involvement in sustainable agriculture and education. Nancy has been and continues to be an active community volunteer having served as a board member in arts and ecology organizations from Chicago to Davis. Howard and Nancy have a daughter, Sedra, a conservation biologist.
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