Believe it or not

I didn’t grow up dreaming to be an artist


Art is something that’s always been a part of my life — just under the surface. From doodling on covered textbooks and drawing pictures in the margin of homework, it’s been there every step along the way. I guess you could say it started on a cold winter day when as a little girl, I uttered those all too familiar words to adults everywhere — ”I’m bored.” So my Grandma set an odd assortment of colored pencils and paper before me with the suggestion to draw something, “Draw the birds at the feeder.”

The seeds of my art career were sown there at the kitchen table of my paternal grandparents, drawing the birds that visited the feeder.

Growing up on a small farm in New York State’s rural agricultural region is what I think started my fascination with nature and interest in the land around us. My Dad would take great pride in sitting down to dinner that had been provided for by our own hands.

With my Dad’s encouragement and support, I enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, graduating with honors. After that, I worked in several ad agencies’ creative departments before moving on to design fabric and patterns for the quilting industry.

The love of nature and drawing led me to an oil painting class that reignited a passion for traditional painting and ultimately back to the studio.

Most days are spent in the studio or outside sketching and painting. Although I’ve always found nature to provide endless inspiration and ideas, a day in the woods rekindles my creativity and offers an opportunity to reflect and renew. This feeling is what I hope to bring to the viewer and their home through my paintings.


Solo Exhibitions

2019
Nancy Murty: Transitions – P. Tribastone Fine Art Gallery, Canandaigua, NY

2017
Nancy Murty: Migration – Multi-Use Community Cultural Center, Rochester, NY
Nancy Murty: Springtide – StaryNites, Rochester, NY

Group Exhibitions

2021
Associate Member Online Exhibition – National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, noaps.org
Flowers Bloom, Birds Sing – P. Tribastone Fine Art Gallery, Canandaigua, NY

2017
Three Visions: Through Women’s Eyes – Anthony Road Wine Co, Penn Yan, NY
Birds of a Feather – The Hungerford, Rochester, NY

2016
Student Works – Bella Muse Gallery, Odgen, UT
The Birds are Back – P. Tribastone Fine Art Gallery, Canandaigua, NY

Years Prior to 2016
A Matter of Beauty – 1570 Gallery, Rochester, NY, 2015
Arts at the Gardens – Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion, Canandaigua, NY, 2014
FLUX 12 – Hungerford Building, Rochester, NY, 2012
A Personal Landscape – SUNY Oswego, NY, 2008
MAGnificent Inspirations – Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, 2008
A Quilter’s Palette – Amherst Museum, Amherst, NY, 2006
Kenan Quilt Show – Kenan Center, Lockport, NY, 2005
Quilts: A World of Beauty – International Quilt Market & Festival, Houston, TX, 2005
Quilts: A World of Beauty – Spring International Quilt Festival, Chicago, IL, 2005
Rural Roots & Mysteries – Aullwood Audubon Center, Dayton, OH, 2005
Quilts=Art=Quilts – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY, 2004
Quilts: A World of Beauty – International Quilt Market & Festival, Houston, TX, 2004
Kenan Quilt Show – Kenan Center, Lockport, NY, 2003
Blending Art & Tradition – Genesee Valley Quilt Club, Rochester, NY, 2002

Public Collections

Greens for Dinner, Aullwood Audubon Center, Dayton, OH

Publications/Appearances

Ray Hemachandra & Karey Patterson Bresenhan, 500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work (cover image), Lark Books, March 2010
HGTV Simply Quilts (artist profile), Weller/Grossman Productions, episode #1124

Honors/Residencies/Grants

Kenan House Award, Kenan Center, 2005
Honorable Mention, International Quilt Market and Festival, 2005
Best Craftsmanship, Aullwood Audubon Center, 2005
Viewer’s Choice, Aullwood Audubon Center, 2005
Best Machine Workmanship, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 2004
Fairfield Master Award: Contemporary Artistry, International Quilt Market & Festival, 2004
Viewer’s Choice, Genesee Valley Quilt Club, 2002
First Place, Genesee Valley Quilt Club, 2002

Public Speaking Engagements

5 Key Steps to Marketing for Artists, Rochester Art Club, 2020
Wish I Knew, Penfield Art Association, 2017

Activities & Affiliations

American Impressionist Society
American Women Artists
Braddock Bay Bird Observatory
National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, Board Member, Publicity Director
Oil Painters of America
Rochester Art Club

Education

Art Institute of Pittsburgh, PA