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NINA FLETCHER

 

Nina Fletcher is an artist living and working in the Cape Ann area of Massachusetts.

 

"…My art is about my obsessions and the process of giving them form. Using the overlooked and commonplace, I recycle old histories into new stories."

Nina Fletcher was born and brought up in the in the Boston area. After a liberal arts education she lived in Africa for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer, then migrated to Berkeley California where she became a Nurse Practitioner and practiced for several years. Returning to New England she changed course. Following a long and latent passion, she went to art school at Massachusetts College of Art, where she majored in painting, studying under the late Rob Moore.

Armed with a BFA she made art and pursued a variety of related endeavors. She became an art critic for the alternative weekly, Worcester Magazine. She owned and operated a small neon sign business. She started the Blackstone Print Studio, an atelier created to provide state of the art facilities to local artists and to introduce the medium to interested newcomers. There she conducted and arranged workshops and classes and organized annual exhibits highlighting the work of the Blackstone Printers.

Her own work continued to develop, moving between two and three dimensions and with a variety of media including old clothes, shoes, roofing lead, aluminum screening, wire, bones, nails, pins, buttons, Kleenex, to name a few. Within this array of materials, her art is about the transformation of the commonplace – the retelling of those histories into more modern parables.

Much of her art draws on the human body and its many layers. Her background in medicine remains an important reference for her inquiries into the body and beyond-- namely, into that which makes us human.

Nina lives and works on Cape Ann, Massachusetts.

 

Education

  • BFA Painting, Massachusetts College of Art, 1990, graduation with distinction.
  • MSN Women’s Health Care, U.C. San Francisco, 1980, magna cum laude

 

Exhibitions

  • 2016  Duxbury Art Complex,  “DOUBLE VISION”,  Duxbury MA
  • 2016  Flat Rocks Gallery, Gloucester, MA  “ELIPTIC”
  • 2014  Flat Rocks Gallery, Gloucester, MA, “PERSONA”
  • 2013  Worcester State University, Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery, Solo Show “Nina Fletcher: No Limits”,  Worcester, MA
  • 2011  Fuller Art Museum,  Framingham, MA, Annual Juried Show
  • 2011 Shoe Factory Art Coop,  Rochester, NY
  • 2010 Mass General Hospital Cancer Center, “Illuminations”, Boston MA
  • 2009 Marin Museum of Contemporary Art “Alchemy”, Novato, CA ‘
  • 2009 National Small Work Exhibit, Tri-County Arts Council,  Cobbleskill, NY ‘
  • 2009 Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton MA, “The Perfect Fit- Shoes Tell the Story”’09
  • 2008  Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA, 30th Annual Juried Show ‘08
  • 2008 Visiting artist and speaker at Worcester State College, Worcester, MA
  • 2007 Clark University, Schiltkamp Gallery, Worcester Ma, “MisCreated”
  • 2006 ArtsWorcester, “Wired” exhibit, curated by Susan Stoops, contemporary curator of Worcester Art Museum, Second Best of Show.
  • 2005 New England BioLab, Beverly, MA, Purchaced “Wired” by CEO of company.
  • 2003 Blackstone Printers @ Brickbottom, Somerville, MA,  “proGLYPHic”an exhibition of prints by 5 artists including two collaborative installations.
  • 2003 North American Print Biennial, Gallery at Boston University, Boston, MA, curated  by Clifford S.Ackley, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Feb. 2003, participant.
  • 2002 Concord Art Association Concord, MA, , “What Inspires Us” – An Invitation Expedition  of Contemporary Art by Women.
  • 2001 The Artists Foundation @ The Distillery, South Boston, Main Gallery, ,“Too  Close to Call”  Work by Nina Fletcher, curated by Kathy Bitetti.
  • 2000 Ruby Gallery, Brooklyn,NY,. “Armed and Dangerous” (see clip).
  • 2000 Clark University Gallery, Worcester, MA “Fairytales of Domesticity” Exploration of the Relationships that exist between women and cultural fantasies about  home life. (see clip)
  • 1999 Fletcher Priest Gallery, Worcester, MA “One Thousand and Under” Show.
  • 1999 Gallery Szent-Gorgyi, Falmouth, MA, Group Show, Multimedia Art Works.
  • 1998 Heywood Gallery and Artists Association, Worcester,MA, Best of Show at Northeast Open curated by Donn Harkavy former Curator of Contemporary Art at the Worcester Art Museum
  • 1998 AAA Gallery @ the Heywood Gallery, 1998,  “My Pocketbook, My Self—10 variations”, new work by Nina Fletcher (see clip).
  • 1998 ARTSWorcester Biennial, 1998, honorable mention
  • 1997 The Artists Foundation Gallery @ The Distillery, South Boston, 1997, Worcester Exchange Part One

 

Affiliations

  • Art for Aid’s Sake, 1993-present, participant and volunteer
  • Co-Director and member of the Heywood gallery and Artist’s Cooperative, Worcester, MA 1995-2000
  • Activist and Coordinator for the formation of a new Arts District in Worcester, MA, 1999-present.

 

Employment

  • Owner and operator of The Neon Jungle, a commercial neon sign company in Worcester, MA 1995-1998
  • Free lance writer and Art Reviewer for Worcester Magazine, 1996-2000
  • Owner and operator of the Blackstone Print Studio, a fine art printing facility available for rental to artists 1995-present.  Curator of 6 print exhibitions of  work by the Blackstone Printers. Taught, organized and hosted numerous workshops and classes in various printmaking methods.
  • Instructer of Printmaking at the Worcester Art Museum.
  • RN and Nurse Practitioner 1973 to 1987

 

Contact Information

 

2 Main Street, 3rd Floor

Gloucester, MA 01930

508-479-9240

email: ninafletcher4@gmail.com