Nancy Mee


Artist Statement

Nancy Mee is a sculptor whose work incorporates a variety of materials, including glass, forged steel, stone and photography. Drawing on mythologies from around the world, Nancy Mee reflects on the universal truths, distilling their essence in her works. The forms and images are given a psychic weight through her assemblages of slumped and sandblasted glass with cut and cast metal and stone.



Born: 1951, Oakland, California

Resides: Seattle, Washington


1974 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Printmaking, University of Washington

1973 Atelier 17, (SW Hayter), Paris, France

The American Center for Art and Artists, Paris, France

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015 Friesen Gallery, "Prospero's Books," Sun Valley, ID

2011 Friesen Gallery, “The Sultan’s Library,” Sun Valley, ID

2009 GoodonWoodside/John Braseth Gallery, “Imagine- After the Deluge…”, Seattle, WA

2008 Friesen Gallery, Ketchum ID, “Imagine-After the Deluge…”, Sun Valley, ID

2004 Gordon Woodside/John Braseth, “The Archaic Forms” Seattle, WA

2001 Simon/Edwards, “The Guardians”, Yakima, WA

Kane/Marie, Virginia Beach, VA

2000 Gordon Woodside/John Braseth, “The Sentinels”, Seattle, WA

Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

1999 Simon Edwards, “The Reconstructions”, Yakima, WA

1998 Laura Russo, Portland, OR

1997 Meyerson & Nowinski, “The Laments”, Seattle, WA

1996 Laura Russo, Portland, OR

1995 Indigo, Boca Raton, FL

1994 Linda Farris Gallery, “The Justice Series”, Seattle, WA

1992 Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, WA

Seattle University, Seattle, WA

1991 Cheney Cowles Museum, “Nancy Mee: The Tension of Dualities”, Spokane, WA

1990 Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, WA

1986 The Allrich Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1985 Linda Farris Gallery, “Broken Bodies, Borrowed Beauties”, Seattle, WA

1982 Linda Farris Gallery, “The Architecture of the Spine”, Seattle, WA

1981 Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

1980 Linda Farris Gallery, “Support”, Seattle, WA

1979 Kauai Museum, Kauai, HA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 FILTERED: what does love look like?, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

2011 “The Silver Summit,” Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

2008 Friesen Gallery, Seattle, “Seeds of Compassion”, Seattle, WA

Tacoma Art Museum, “Speaking Parts”, Tacoma, WA

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, “20th Anniversary Exhibition”, Port Angeles, WA

2007 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2006 Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

2004 Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

2001 University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

2000 Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition Invitational, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

Musee des Arts Decortives, Lausanne, Switzerland

Kane Marie, Virginia Beach, VA

Laura Russo, Portland, OR

1999 Gail Severn, Sun Valley, ID

Laura Russo, Portland, OR

1997 Calido Contemporary Warm Glass, Tucson, AZ

The Society of Arts and Crafts, “Centennial Glass Exhibition”, Boston, MA

Milwaukee Art Museum, “Recent Glass Sculpture: A Union of Ideas”, Milwaukee, WI

1996 ARTOPIA, “Divine Flesh: Contemporary Goddess Imagery”, New York, NY

Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

1994 The Allrich Gallery, San Francisco, CA, (two person)

1993 Habitat 21st Annual International Invitational, Farmington Hills, MI

Centre International d'Art Comtemporain, Chateau Beychevelle, France

1992 The Allrich Gallery, “Human/Nature”, San Francisco, CA, (three person) New Jersey Center For Visual Art, “Contemporary Glass Sculpture: Innovative Form and Expression”, Summit, NJ

Salt Lake Art Center, “Dreams and Shields, Spiritual Dimensions In Contemporary Art”, Salt Lake City, UT

1991 Tacoma Art Museum, “Glass: Material in the service of Meaning”, Tacoma, WA

Old Pueblo Museum, Tucson, AZ

1990 The Allrich Gallery, “The Archaeology of Glass”, San Francisco, CA, (three person)

1989 Seattle Art Museum, “Figures of Translucence”, Seattle, WA, (three person)

Western Gallery, Western Washington University, “Specific Gravity”, Bellingham, WA

1988 Seattle Art Museum, “3D/2D-Sculptors Drawings”, Seattle, WA

1987 San Jose Museum of Art, “Focus: Seattle”, San Jose, CA

Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, “Vitality of Vision: Works by Women”, Cincinnati, OH

1986 Whatcom Museum of History and Art, “Poetics of Darkness”, Bellingham, WA, (two person)

1985 State Capitol Museum, “Governor’s Invitational”, Olympia, WA

1984 Western Washington State University, “Women in Glass”, Bellingham, WA

1983 Brentwood Gallery, “Northwest Artists”, St. Louis, MS

Karl Bornstein Gallery, “X-Change, 5 LA Artists, 5 Seattle Artists”, Los Angeles, CA

1980 Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, “Raconteur”, Seattle, WA

Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, “Eight Seattle Artists”, Los Angeles, CA


1988 The Betty Bowen Memorial Award, Seattle Art Museum

1985 Washington Arts Commission Artist Fellowship Award

Artist in Residence

1992 Chateau Beychevelle, Centre International d'Art Contemporian, France

1984 The Pilchuck School, Stanwood, WA

Selected Public Collections

Safeco Corporation

Microsoft Corporation

Tacoma Public Library

Port Angeles Public Library

Swedish Medical Center

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

City of Seattle

King County

Seattle Art Museum

Crocker Art Museum

Seattle Sheraton

Bank of America

State of Washington

Tacoma Art Museum

Musee des Arts Decortives, Lausanne, Switzerland

Newport Harbor Museum

University of Oregon, Knight Library

Hyatt Regency, Roissey, France

  1. ‘Sultan’s Library’ is a Treasure Trove

    ‘Sultan’s Library’ is a Treasure Trove

    July 15, 2011

      By SABINA DANA PLASSE Express Staff Writer Originally published by the Idaho Mountain Express on July 15, 2011 When two Seattle artists, husband ...

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News and Press

The Weekly Sun: "'Prospero's Books' - Enchanting Art at Friesen": 15 July 2015


"The Garden of Souls in the Utopian Heights Neighborhood"

May 2, 2011