Corcoran Museum of Art, DC
Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
Chrysler Museum of Art, VA
Norfolk Museum of Art, VA
Maritime Museum of Art, VA
Millicent Rogers Museum, NM (Miniatures 2004-2008)
Harwood Museum Taos, NM
Santa Fe Museum of Art, NM (“Originals 2005”)
National Museum Of Women in the Arts, D. C.
The Tucson Museum of Art, AZ
Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
Round top Center for the Arts, ME
Maine Art Center, Augusta, ME
Lupine Gallery, Monhegan Island
U. Of New England Gallery of Art,
Hunterdon Art Center, NJ
Rehoboth Art League, DE
National Small Print Show, CO (2002-2009)
Maryland Hall for Creative Arts,
“CREATE: 30 Year Anniversary Exhibition 2009”
Nancy Thompson Brown was born in Annapolis, Maryland in 1926. She lived most of her life in Washington, D.C. In 1944 she was awarded a scholarship to Abbott School of Art in D.C. Later she attended the University of Maryland where she majored in Agriculture/ Horticulture. In the following years she attended the Maryland Institute of Art and the Corcoran Museum School of Art, studying with ”Washington Color Painters”--Leon Berkowitz and Gene Davis and with painter Sam Gilliam and sculptress Anne Truitt. In 1971 Brown arrived on Monhegan Island, ME shortly after the passing of her long time friend and early mentor, artist-writer, Rockwell Kent. It was Kent who encouraged her to visit and explore the environs of Monhegan Island where he had lived and painted. After many summer visits to the Island she purchased the cottage/studio “Candlelight” in1981 which was originally built and owned by Maude Briggs Knowlton, one of Monhegan’s early women artist. It was here that Brown summered for 23 years, conducted private workshops in collage, mixed media, painting and exhibiting her work. Brown was one of the founders of “Woman Artists of N. T. Brown Monhegan Island” of which she is now and “Emeritus” member.
In 2003 she sold “Candlelight” to Robert and Carol Stahl, well know collectors of Monhegan artist works. Brown was awarded the first of three fellowships in 1989 from “Helene Wurlitzer Foundation” in Taos, NM. It was during her three months residences that she had many opportunities to explore the Southwest. She became fascinated with the incredible mountain ranges, brilliant light, changeable weather patterns, the vast uncluttered spaces and new life forms. In 1996 Brown and her husband made the decision to move from their farmstead on the Eastern Shore of MD to Taos County in northern NM where she now lives and works from her studio/gallery Brown’s abstract paintings; monotypes and collages are of a spiritual and mystical dimension reflecting the essence of inner and outer place. Her work has received many awards as well as recognition by the following outstanding jurors: Adelaide Breeskin, Curator of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC; Betty Parsons of the Betty Parsons Gallery NY; Theodore Wolff, writer and art critic; Lloyd Goodrich, writer and art critic; George Segal, painter and sculptor; Roberta Smith, writer and art critic.