NANCY MURPHY SPICER

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions
RaumX London, more than momentary: ENJOY, London, UK, 2015 (artist's book)
Carroll and Sons, Disrupted Drawings, Boston, MA, 2015
18m Salon, The Shapes in this Place, Berlin, Germany, 2012 (catalog)
Carroll and Sons, Biking in Berlin, Boston, MA, 2012
RoosArts Gallery, re:location, Rosendale, New York, 2011

University of Maine Museum of Art, Hanging Drawings, Bangor, Maine, USA, 2011
Bernard Toale Gallery, Provisional, Boston, MA, September 2007
Bernard Toale Gallery, Poured Tape Drawings, Boston, MA 2007
Bernard Toale Gallery, Cardboard Actions, Boston, MA, 2006
Art Complex Museum, Nancy Murphy Spicer, Duxbury, MA, 2004
Bernard Toale Gallery, New Drawings, Boston, MA, 2004

Curatorial Projects
more than momentary: ENJOY, 2015, participatory, curatorial project engaging 24 international participants,
culminating in an exhibition at RaumX, London, UK

faethm, Charlottesville, VA, 2015-ongoing
Curate multi-disciplinary salon, www.faethm.org

Spike Island Open Studios 2009, For Real, Bristol, UK, 2009
Exhibition of works by five US and five UK artists

Group Exhibitions
Mils Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Feelers: Boston Drawing Show, Boston, MA, curated by Susan Metrican
University of New Hampshire Museum of Art, The Physicality of Color, Durham, NH, 2015

Middlesex School, Place Value, Concord, MA, 2014
Salve Regina University, Locating Place, Newport, RI, 2012
Wimbledon College of Art, Thinking Through Drawing, interdisciplinary symposium, London, UK, 2012
Spike Island Test Space, Bristol Diving School Curatorial Exercise #1, Bristol, UK, 2012
Chapter, Ubersong, Cardiff, Wales, 2011, (performance), curated by Yvonne Buchheim
Roos Arts, Mark Paper Scissors, Rosendale, New York, 2010,curated by Heige Kim
Boston University 808 Gallery, Traces and Places, Boston, MA, 2010, curated by Lynne Cooney
Brattleboro Museum, Drawing Itself: A Survey of Contemporary Practice, Brattleboro, VT, 2010
VIVID, The Act of Drawing, Birmingham, UK, 2009, curated by Kaye Winwood
Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Drawings That Work, Boston, MA, 2009

Spike Island Open Studios, For Real, Bristol, UK, 2009, curated by Nancy Murphy Spicer
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Anonymous Drawings #9, Berlin, Germany, 2008
Montserrat College of Art, Many Kinds of Nothing, Beverly, MA, 2008, curated by Shana Dumont (catalog)
Mills GalleryBoston Center for the Arts, 20th Drawing Show, Boston, MA, 2007, 
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Annual AIDS Benefit Exhibition, Boston, MA 2005, 2006
Bernard Toale Gallery, Chris Martin, Boston, MA, 2006, curated by Chris Martin
Nave Gallery, 2005 Somerville Arts Council Grant Winners Show, Somerville, MA, 2005
Green Street Gallery, 150 x 150, Jamaica Plain, MA, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Memphis College of Art, Seamless, Memphis, TN, 2004, curated by Cynthia Thompson (catalog)
Tufts University, Tufts First Annual, Medford, MA, 2004, curated by Amy Schlegel
Fitchburg Art Museum, New England/New Talent, Fitchburg, MA, 2004, curated by Kritina Durocher
Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 18th Boston Drawing Show, Boston, MA, 2004, curated by Raphaela Platow
Forest Hills Educational Trust, The Four Elements, Boston, MA, 2003, curated by James Hull, Nick Capasso
Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Flat Not Flat, Atlanta, GA, 2003, curated by Lisa Fischman
Brickbottom Gallery, Surrounded, Somerville, MA, 2003
Green Street Gallery, Chris Nau and Nancy Murphy Spicer, Jamaica Plain, MA, 2002, curated by James Hull
Bernard Toale Gallery, The Drawing Show, Boston, MA, 2001, curated by J. Hull & B. Toale
Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 17th Boston Drawing Show, Boston, MA, 2001, curated by Bill Arning
Somerville Museum, 2001 Somerville Arts Council Grant Winners Show, Somerville, MA, 2001

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
“(Murphy) Spicer's work is low-key and delightful, as if she's showing you a treasure map
of a place you thought you already knew.” 
– Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe
“Somewhere indefinable between painting, sculpture and drawing resides Nancy Murphy Spicer's Drawing Objects.” – Shawn Hill, South End News
New American Paintings Blog, 
July, 2015, Nancy Murphy Spicer's Disrupted Drawings, Shana Dumont
Boston Globe, Boston, MA, July 28, 2015, Depictions and Disruptions, Cate McQuaid
Art New England, March/April 2015, The Physicality of Color, Christopher Volpe
Boston Globe, Boston, MA, April 17, 2014, Inspired by details of a place, Cate McQuaid 

Zitty Berlin, Der Tagesspiegel, July 27, 2012, Tagestipps
Boston Globe Magazine, June 16, 2012, 10 Contemporary works to see now, Cate McQuaid
Biking in Berlin catalog, Essay by Karin Lelonek, 2012
Boston Globe, December 24, 2008, Top Ten Shows of 2008Cate McQuaid
Art New England, December/January 2007/08, Spotlight Review, David Raymond
Boston Globe, October 25, 2008, 'Nothing is happening: Minimalist works help provoke a meditative state,' Cate McQuaid
bigredandshiny.com, December 23, 2007, Drawing the Line at Mills Gallery, David Avruch
Many Kinds of Nothing catalog, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Massachusset, 2008
Boston Globe, December 20, 2007, Drawing Show Works Around the Edges, C
ate McQuaid
20th Drawing Show catalog, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, essay by Maria Magdalena Campos Pons
meganandmurray.com, September 24, 2007, Nancy Murphy Spicer at Bernard Toale Gallery, Megan McMillan
Boston Globe, September 13, 2007, A Touch with Abstraction, Cate McQuaid
Art Papers, January/February 2005, Review of ‘Seamless’, David Hall
Number Magazine, Winter 2005, ‘Seamless’, Paul Behnke
Memphis Commercial Appeal, October 15, 2004, ‘Seamless’ a model of beauty, Frederic Koeppel
Seamless brochure, Memphis College of Art, 2004, essay by Cynthia Thompson
Boston Globe, July 11, 2004, Pretty, vacant: High-quality local work gets showcase at Tufts, Cate McQuaid
Boston Phoenix, March 5, 2004, Goodies at the DeCordova and the Fitchburg, C. Millis
New England/New Talent catalog, Fitchburg Art Museum, February 2004
Boston Globe, February 1, 2004, At 'The Drawing Show,' works literally leap off the page, Cate McQuaid
South End News, January 22, 2004, A painterly touch in BCA’s Drawing Show, Shawn Hill
Art New England, November/December 2003, Regional Reviews, Lauren O’Neal
Art Papers, November/December 2003, Reviews, Robin Bernat
Sculpture Magazine, September/October 2003, Review, Marty Carlock
Art New England, June/July 2003, Regional Reviews, Shawn Hill
Flat Not Flat brochure, Atlanta College of Art, May 2003, essay by Lisa Fischman
Boston Globe, January, 2002, Critic’s Pick, Brickbottom Gallery show
Boston Globe, December 29, 2002, Best of 2002, Cate McQuaid
ArtsMedia, September 5, 2002, Gallery Section, Rachel Strutt
Boston Globe, August 23, 2002, Some Edgy Artists Play with Space, Cate McQuaid
Boston Globe, August, 2002, Critic’s Pick, Green Street Gallery show

GRANTS/AWARDS
Spike Associates, Travel Grant, Venice, Italy, 2011
Spike Associates, Travel Grant, Berlin, Germany, 2010
Spike Associates, Curatorial Project Funding, For Real exhibition, Bristol, UK, 2009
Ten Best Shows of 2008, Boston Globe, (Montserrat College of Art exhibition), 2008
Institute of Contemporary Art Boston Foster Prize, Finalist, 2008
Artist’s Resource Trust, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, 2006
Somerville Arts Council Artists Fellowship, Somerville, MA, 2001 and 2005
International Art Critics Association, Second Place. Best Show in an Alternative Space, 2004
Ten Best Shows of 2002, Boston Globe, (Green Street Gallery exhibition), 2002
Massachusetts Cultural Council, Professional Development Grant, Boston, MA, 2001

RESIDENCIES
Spike Associates, Berlin, Germany, 2010
Memphis College of Art Gallery, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN, 2004
Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA, 2003

VISITING ARTIST/TEACHING/LECTURES
Camberwell College of Art/University of the Arts London, London, UK, 2015
University of the West of England, Architecture Department, Bristol, UK, 2013 (BA level)

University of the West of England, Drawing Department, Bristol, UK, 2010, 2011, 2012 (BA level)
Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA, 2008 (MA level)
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 2008
Memphis College of Art Gallery, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN, 2004
Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA, 2003
New England School of Art and Design, Boston, MA, 2003
Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MA, 2003
University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA, 2002


COLLECTIONS
Work in private collections in US, UK and Germany

EDUCATION

Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, 2001
Studied sculpture with Elizabeth King and Carlton Newton, Virginia Commonwealth University

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Diploma Program, 1986 – 1991
Post-graduate studio program focusing on drawing, sculpture/installation and performance

Penland School, Penland, NC, 1984
Studied printmaking, papermaking and fibers

Studio of Jacobo Trujillo, Chimayo, New Mexcio, 1979-80
Apprenticed with Master Weaver Jake Trujillo in techniques of traditional Spanish weaving

St. Mary’s College, BFA, Notre Dame, IN, 1979
Received honors on final comprehensive exhibition of works in fiber