in Brooklyn in 1950, Nan studied art from the age of five at the
Brooklyn Art Museum, and was a competitive dance and figure roller
skater. Junior dance champion for New York State at the age of
twelve, she skated until her fifteenth birthday, at which point
she decided that she wanted to devote all her free time and studies
She received her BFA from SUNY at Buffalo. After graduation in
1972 she married Alan Feldman, a poet and professor at Framingham
(MA) State College, and accepted an art teaching position in the
Framingham public schools, leaving a year-and-a-half later when
her daughter Rebecca was born. Her son, Daniel, was born in 1976.
Even while she raised her children, Ms. Feldman never stopped
painting. When the kids were young, she'd use mediums that could
be applied piecemeal, such as serigraphy, collography, and collage
so that she could pick up and put down work quickly. As her children
grew older, Feldman was able to return to paintings that required
more studio time and to resume her art studies. She completed
an MA in painting at Goddard College in 1987 and an MFA in painting
at Vermont College in 1993.
Since 1981 Ms. Feldman has had more than forty one-person shows,
numerous museum exhibits, and scores of group exhibits. She has
received many awards on the national, state, and local levels.
She has also continued to teach at the Worcester Art Museum, the
DeCordova Museum, and the Danforth Museum of Art (which she helped
found) as well as at Framingham State College. Since 1999 she
has been teaching painting in France and Italy, a source of inspiration
for many of her recent landscapes. Her work is represented in
numerous corporate and private collections throughout the United
States, Japan, France, Italy, Spain, England, and Sweden.
"Having grown up in art museums in New York City," says Ms. Feldman, "and having taught in three art museums in Massachusetts for the past thirty-five years, I make art as a way of paying homage to those artists who have touched my life since early childhood: Matisse, Derain, Van Gogh, Dubuffet, Hockney, Nikki de Saint-Phalle, to name a few. As Philip Guston said, been my teachers. Though they disappear when I’m painting. And when I'm really painting, even I disappear!"
February 9 - 16, 2013
"Loosen Up - Painting in the Studio and on Location"
with inspirational instructor - Nan Hass Feldman
Casa De Los Artistas Inc. - the Studios of Robert Masla Art Workshops in Mexico and Massachusetts
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