Red Leaf by Nancy McCroskey
Botanica, 11" x 18" x 1", Ceramic, 2005

"McCroskey's works capture the physical beauty of nature as well as the essence of its spirituality. The repetition of line, shape and color give an overall ambiance and feel that provokes an ethereal response from the viewer that transcends the individual objects and subject matter depicted, to a more spiritual realm." Densie A. Bibro comments on Nancy McCroskey's exhibit, Ceramic Botanica.

Nancy McCroskey, a ceramic artist, is best known for her low relief ceramic wall murals.  Her imagery falls into the category of late 20th century artists involved in developing biomorphic abstraction and enriching it with more direct and complex natural reference.  Ms. McCroskey adapts a modular scheme to create large patterns.  Designs range from the biomorphic to the geometric and from the natural to the man-made.

Ms. McCroskey lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she is an Associate Professor of Fine Art and head of the ceramics program at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).  She has had two solo shows in New York, solo and two person shows in the Midwest and participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout the United States.  Her work is included in the corporate collections of Central Insurance Company, Lincoln National Life and General Telephone and Electric.  She is represented by Denise Bibro Fine Art Inc., in New York where she has had two solo exhibitions.  Her work has been reviewed by Gerrit Henry, for American Ceramics. 

It has been reproduced in American Ceramics andAmerican Craft and featured in Arts Indiana.  Her work is included in the books, Mastering the Craft, by Richard Zakin, Architectural Ceramic for the Studio Potter, by Peter King, Handmade Tiles, by Frank Giorgini and 500 Tile, Lark Books, Juror; Angelica Puzo. 

Ms. McCroskey has been awarded a number of public commissions.  Most noteworthy among them include The Holocaust Memorial for Acduth Veshlom Temple in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Aerial Rhythm for The Montgomery County School System in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Riverun, for the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Tribute, for The Central Insurance Company in Van Wert, Ohio.

Ms. McCroskey received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors from the Maryland Art Institute in 1976, and completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1980 at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

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