The Morgan, as it’s commonly known, is located in Cleveland’s historic Midtown district and run by paper artist Tom Balbo. Nancy regularly takes classes and workshops at the Morgan.
She discovered papermaking over a decade ago as she looked for creative ways to recycle paper. She also took classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cuyahoga Community College and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Since that time she’s become an advocate for the art form, and has even dedicated a small space in her apartment as a working studio.
“With Papermaking it’s always fascinating to see what you get when the different paper fibers combine,” says Nancy.
She’s also a regular in Judson Park’s Expressive Arts Center, creating her own pieces or assisting Art Therapy Coordinator Cathy Bryan with classes and other projects. Nancy volunteered for Cathy before she moved to Judson Park.
“I was living on the west side in Rocky River and spending so much time at the Park that I figured I might as well move here!”
In addition to the Morgan, Nancy has exhibited her work around Judson Park, most notably in the annual May Show, a display of art work created by Judson residents, staff and volunteers. She also volunteers on the Howson Art Gallery committee, helping to select artists from the outside community to exhibit.
This year’s regional juried exhibition at the Morgan celebrates the many ways artists are redefining and innovating Cleveland’s growing visual arts community. The Morgan accepted submissions from artists working in all media, who live and work within a 75-mile radius of Cleveland. To be eligible, their artwork must be on paper or incorporate at least 50% paper or paper fiber.
Nancy says she gets inspired by other artists’ work. “I get ideas from artists at the Morgan as well as my neighbors at Judson Park. I like to experiment with different techniques and mediums.” She’s a student at heart. “I haven’t grown up yet!”
The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory presents [RE] define through May 16. Hours are 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. Tuesday—Saturday. Admission is free.