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Nancy Callan at Dane Gallery, Nantucket
Since receiving her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and relocating to Seattle in 1996, Nancy Callan has been a major force in the Seattle glass community. She began her career as a production artist for Manifesto Lighting and quickly moved on to assist prominent artists including Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick, Ginny Ruffner, and Josiah McElheny. Callan is currently a key member of Lino Tagliapietra’s glassblowing team and travels internationally as the maestro’s assistant.
Callan’s artistic voice as a glass sculptor reflects her high-level training and talents. Her work combines the skill and finesse of the Venetian tradition with the wit and aesthetic sensibility of a contemporary artist. Although her artwork features highly refined forms and complex patterns, a sense of play and fun is equally present.
Callan is highly influenced by pop culture and references sources such as comic books (“Superhero Stingers”), children’s toys (“Tops”), and high fashion (“Plaid Winkles”) in several ongoing series. The forms and colors of the natural world are a more recent inspiration in her “Cloud” series. In addition to her presence at Dane Gallery in Nantuckey, Callan exhibits her work internationally at major galleries throughout North America and Europe. Her work is held in the collections of the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, the Corning Museum, Corning, NY, and the private collection of Sir Elton John.
In 2009, an early-career survey of Nancy Callan’s work was organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, Michigan. “Nancy Callan: Seventh-Inning Stretch” includes works from the first seven years of her career. The exhibit traveled to the Pittsburgh Glass Center in July of 2009.