Nancy Baker

  • Coming Soon , 2011 , 22" x 30" , Gouache, collage, glitter on paper

  • Psst , 2011 , 22" x 30" , Gouache, collage, glitter on paper

  • New! Improved! , 2010 , 29" x 43" , Gouache, collage, glitter on paper

  • Please Stand By , 2010 , 29" x 43" , Gouache, collage, glitter on paper

  • Charnel , 2010 , 22" x 30" , Gouache, collage, glitter on paper

  • No Oz , 2010 , 22" x 30" , Gouache, collage, glitter on paper

  • Public Wars II , 2006 , 30" x 30" , oil on panel

  • Waiting For My Prince , 2006 , 36" x 36" , oil on panel



Gallery Representation

Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Flanders Gallery, Raleigh NC
Platform, New York, NY
Pierogi Flat Files, Brooklyn New York


2009 Art on the Move, Bus project City of Raleigh Arts Commission
2001 New Works Grant (Alien Allegations) North Carolina Arts Council
2000 Visual Arts Fellowship Award North Carolina Arts Council
1997 United Arts Council Artist Project Grant Wake County, North Carolina
1995 Visual Arts Fellowship Award North Carolina Arts Council
1994/95 Fellowship Award in Drawing and Painting NEA/ Southern Artists Federation
1991 Emerging Artist Grant Raleigh Arts Commission
1981/83 Individual Artist Fellowship Award Tennessee Arts Commission


School of Visual Arts, BFA 1975

One-Person Exhibitions

Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta GA.

Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
North Carolina Museum of Art, Billboard Project

Empire Falls, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh NC

Duck and Cover Drill, Platform (Denise Bibro), New York, NY
Waiting For My Prince, Gallery Anthony Curtis, Boston, MA

Cause and Defect, Heriard Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Sticker Shock, Flanders Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC

City of God, Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY

Creature Comforts, Bickett Gallery, Raleigh, NC

Marginalia, A Map of the Mind, Meredith College, Frankie Weems Gallery, Raleigh, NC

Alien Allegations, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

Alien Allegations, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

Fenómenos de Natureza, Installation, Casa de Mateus, Vila Real, Portugal

Alien Anecdotal Evidence, The Tire Shop, Raleigh, NC
Manbites Dog Theatre, Durham. NC

Devolution, The Tire Shop, Raleigh, NC

Covered in Thirty Days, The Tire Shop, Raleigh, NC

Fed Up, Installation, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

Redemptive Spirit, Artspace, Raleigh,NC
Hazards of Living, Raleigh Contemporary Gallery, Raleigh, NC

Somerhill Gallery, Two person Exhibition

Selected Group Exhibitions

Drawing, Green Hill Center for Art Greenville, NC 2010
He/She, Jancar Gallery Los Angeles, CA 2009
I Have Issues, Gallery 5ive and 4orty Winston Salem, NC 2009
Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk? Flanders 317 Raleigh, NC 2008
Regrowth, Green Hill Center for Art Greenville, NC 2008
Tales of The Perverse, Jancar Gallery Los Angeles, CA 2008
Edges and Boundaries, Jancar Gallery Los Angeles, CA 2008
Chasing Tales, Project Four Washington, DC 2007
The Blogger Show, Agni Gallery, New York, NY 2007
Femme Fantastique, Volitant Gallery Austin, Texas 2007
Not Your Typical Angels, Gallery Anthony Curtis Boston, MA 2007
Pillow Talk, Ruth Bachofner Gallery Santa Monica, LA 2007
ZeitHeist. Mark Moore Gallery Santa Monica, LA 2006
Art in Embassies Program Copenhagen 2006
The expression of elemental passions...
(or, damn everything by the circus) Plus Ultra Gallery Brooklyn, NY 2005
Southern Painters; New Trends, University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 2005
Lost Worlds, Utopia and Apocalypse, Axel Raben Gallery New York, NY 2003
Home Grown, SECCA Invitational Exhibition Winston-Salem, NC 2003
What is Scary? The Tire Shop Gallery Raleigh, NC 2003
Art on Paper 2002, Weatherspoon Art Museum Greensboro, NC 2002
North Carolina Fellowship Exhibition, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC 2001
A Sense of Place, East Carolina University Greeneville, NC 2000
North Carolina Artists Exhibition Raleigh, NC 2000

North Carolina Museum of Art

When Toys Bite Back, Lump Gallery Raleigh, NC 2000

Deconstructing Santa, The Tire Shop Raleigh, NC 2000

Rage and Resolution- invitational exhibition

Hebrew Union College New York, NY 1999

Maisel Museum of Judaica Denver, CO 1999

Valentines, The Tire Shop Raleigh, NC 1998

Another Alternative – curated by Ayana Friedman Jerusalem, Israel 1997

Fischer Gallery

Of The Land, 3 person invitational Exhibition, curated Durham, NC 1997

By art Critic Chuck Twardy, Duke University Museum of Art

Lowe Gallery Atlanta, GA 1997

Think Dinky International, The World’s Biggest Exhibition

Of Itty Bitty Art Durham, NC 1997

Mostra Incisioni, photo-etching exhibition Barga, Italy 1996

Prints International, Print Invitational Exhibition Raleigh, NC 1996

Art in The Next Millennium, Exhibition and conference Winston Salem 1996

Curated by Susan Talbot, Director of SECCA

North Carolina Fellowship Exhibition Wilmington, NC 1996

St. John’s Museum of Art

Southern Arts Federation, NEA Fellowship Exhibition Winston Salem

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art 1994

Painters in the Triangle, curated by Katy Kline, Durham, NC

Duke University Museum of Art 1994

Art and Sublimation, Lucy Daniels Foundation Cary, NC 1993

Exhibition and Symposium, Artists Talk
North Carolina Artist Exhibition, curated by Michael Aupping Raleigh, NC 1993

North Carolina Museum of Art,

Attention to Detail, Artspace, curated by Mark Leach, Raleigh, NC 1992

Selected collections

Carol and Arthur Goldberg, NY, NY
Jonathon O’Hara, NY, NY
Beth Rudin DeWoody
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh NC. Gift of Stephanie and Neal Ellis
Julia and Frank Daniels, Raleigh, NC
MCI Corporation, Raleigh NC
Reynolds industries, Winston-Salem, NC
Herman Miller, New York, NY
Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY
TRW, Cleveland, Ohio
American Hospital Corporation, Nashville, TN
Glaxo-Welcomme Corp., Research Triangle Park, NC
Reynolds Price, Durham, NC
Ron Perlman, Los Angeles, CA
First Union Bank, Raleigh, NC
Southtrust, Raleigh, NC
Raychem Corp., Fuquay Varina, NC
First Nation Bank, Nashville, TN
Bank of Nashville, Nashville, TN
Price-Waterhouse, Charlotte, NC


Art Residency, summer 2001 Casa de Mateus, Vila Real, Portugal
International Study, Art Residency, Summers 1994-1999 Studio Camnitzer, Valdottavo Italy

Art Reviewer 1996 Spectator Magazine, NC
Artist in Residence, 2003 Meredith College, NC
Artist in Residence, 2002 Cary Academy. NC

Tire Shop Blog
Anonymous Female Artist, team member


"Over the years Baker’s work has shown her knack for what looks like a perilous travel on the borderline of kitsch. Though this line is a swampy one, she managed to give the feeling of being perched up somewhere, her feet remaining clean, and still stomping with assertion. Kitsch, for her, seemed not just an exploration of dubious taste. The enterprise was also about play with forbidden taste, subversion of highbrow arrogance, poking the provincial attitudes of hegemony that determine and separate the good and valid from the bad and invalid.

Baker is and always has been a really good painter, an academic painter who at the same time keeps a critical distance from academic painting. Or maybe, a non-academic painter who, in her wish to poke her finger in the wrong places, fakes academic painting. She manages to have it both ways, doing impeccable work and also making fun of it. In this way she effectively blurs the division between art and kitsch, but not completely letting on which of both she is enriching."

Luis Camnitzer
New York, NY