January 20-February 25
Bush Barn Art Center | 600 Mission St. SE
Sponsored by Capitol Toyota
Nancy Lindburg, a multi-faceted career artist, arts administrator and tireless arts advocate, will hold a retrospective at the Salem Art Association’s Bush Barn Art Center in 2018. Titled Images of Time: 65 Years of Art and Life, this exhibition showcases a fascinating exploration of the power and energy of color. Nancy says, “Color, like music, attracts the deepest part of you. My narrative is the essence and the spirit of the work.” In her artwork, as in her countless interactions with the community, one experiences her great determination and passion.
Nancy was Executive Director of the Salem Art Association from 1973-1978, and Artist Services Coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission from 1978-1991. As first manager of Oregon’s Percent for Art in Public Places Program, she oversaw the placement of hundreds of works of art in state buildings. Nancy’s decades of community involvement has included serving on numerous Boards on both local and statewide levels. In 1995 she was awarded the prestigious Governor’s Arts Award.
The arc of her work is shaped by her love of music, of nature, and of growing up in North Dakota. Throughout her career, she returns to favorite themes – intimate still lifes, landscapes, small color studies, the figure and non-representational works that reach beyond the literal. Her large color-field paintings are journeys that evoke life’s grand moments of joy, loss and new beginnings.
In the words of David Wilson, Salem Art Association’s Gallery Director, “she identifies with the power of art – its possibilities for intellectual expression, for personal introspection, and for assembling people together as advocates for change in Salem and across Oregon. Above all, she firmly believes “art experiences are absolutely basic to the well-being of every individual.”
Nancy Lindburg is a painter and a lifelong arts advocate. She was Executive Director of the Salem Art Association and Artist Services Coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission. As the first manager of Oregon’s Percent for Art in Public Places Program, she oversaw the selection and placement of hundreds of works of art in state buildings.
She has served on the Board of Directors of the Salem Library Foundation, Friends of Timberline, Salem Art Association, the Salem Public Art Commission, the Museum Council of the University of Oregon Art Museum, and as advisor to Oregon Artist Services Foundation.
Her work is represented in a number of private and public collections nationally, including the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the Salem Hospital Foundation, and the Oregon State Capitol.
She holds an MFA degree in painting and sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and a BA degree in Art History and studio art from Mills College, Oakland, California.
Translating ideas and feelings into visual form is a continuing joy and challenge. The power of color and the endless values that can be created from a single hue, the richness of surface and pattern, the immediacy of drawing, are all fundamental to my art-making.
I return to favorite themes – an intimate still life, a landscape, small color studies, the figure, and non-representational works that reach beyond the literal. In 1991, I began to create large color-field paintings. They are journeys begun with small strokes of pigment: applied, scraped off and reapplied, seeking to create a vibrant and atmospheric energy, guided by the counterpoint of color and values and the underlying rhythm within each composition. Created over time – sometimes years – they evoke life’s grand moments of joy, loss, and beginnings.
The arc of my work is shaped by my love of music, of nature, and growing up in North Dakota. As a child of the prairie, I am influenced by its strong contrasts of seasons, its ever-changing skies, vast emptiness, and endless horizon. I find that even now, decades after living on the West Coast, this “sense of place” remains within me (a spiritual sanctuary), influencing my work and my thinking. Its silence and scale, light and abundance are woven into my art.
Fine Art Friday (Exhibit Reception)
Friday, January 19 | 5:30-7:30 pm
Salem Art Association exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 am-5 pm, and Saturday-Sunday from Noon-5 pm.
Banner Image: Still Life in Flux (detail), 2011-2014, 30″x30″, Oil on Canvas