Nancy McCroskey: Dual Relationships
Arts Indiana, Feb. 1990
Nancy McCroskey's first public commission was a Holocaust Memorial for the Achduth Vesholom Temple in Fort Wayne, where she lives. McCroskey built a tower of clay into which she pressed handprints of members of the congregation, names of 85 Holocaust victims who had relatives in Fort Wayne, and slashes of barbed Wire.

Her most recent commission, from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Convention Authority for the Grand Wayne Center, is a 12-by-25 foot mural composed of 78 earthenware tiles. Here the challenge was to capture for visitors to Fort Wayne the essence of the city-on a wall next to the escalators. McCroskey's solution is an abstraction representing the local confluence of three rivers. The idea of movement as expressed in flowing rivers ties the work to the moving escalators.

A native of Seattle, McCroskey earned her BFA at the Maryland Art Institute and her MFA at Indiana University in Bloomington. She is an assistant professor at Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne. The lAC grant recipient was the Winner of the Mile High Ceramic Award at the North American Sculpture Exhibition in Golden, Colorado. Other recent shows include "Clayfest VI" at the Indiana State Museum and "Crafts 22" at the Zoller Gallery of Penn State University.

"My freestanding sculpture juxtaposes natural and architectural elements in open, layered forms," says the artist. “The layering reflects both geological and architectural structures. Dual relationships, such as man and nature and mass and space, are primary in my work."

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