Nancy Brown holds a B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Texas College of Visual Art and Design. She is a recipient of the Katherine Rigsby Dougin Scholarship Award from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Nancy Brown is a 2006 graduate of the Meadows School of the Arts with an M.F.A. in Studio Art.
In her studio practice, Nancy paints and draws with inspiration from early 19th century abstract art. Her acrylic and mixed media work on paper and canvas feed into large scale site-specific installations such as in the show "Expansion" at The Contemporary Dallas in 2007. Brown's drawings, painting, collage and installations are associated with the Dallas art scene because of a history of shows at The 500X Gallery, Craighead-Green Gallery, Hammon Art Gallery, Templeton Art Center, and the University of Texas at Dallas and many others. In 2009 and 2012, the Fort Worth Community Arts Center featured Brown in a solo show of site-specific installations and to exhibit her acrylic and mixed media work on canvas. She received the Juror’s Award in the “5th National Juried Exhibition” at Axis Gallery in Sacramento, California for her work in graphite on paper. Nancy is currently producing work that comes from sketchbooks she fills with drawings of a single repeated organic shape. The new work is in acrylic on canvas and furthers her exploration within the themes of abstraction, repetition, mixed media and implied collage.
In 2013, Nancy Brown bought and renovated a house in South Austin to continue her art practice. During the renovation she became the support person for her boyfriend, the well known Austin-based drummer, Ian Bailey, while he endured several years of cancer treatment. Today, Ian is cancer free and the couple share the live/work space. Nancy has two grown sons who are professional musicians. Cameron is a percussionist with a Bachelors degree from the UNT School of Music and a Masters from Florida State University. He teaches, writes and arranges music. Branden, a graduate of the UNT School of Music is a professional jazz saxophonist and teaches.