Nancy Dunaway is an artist whose work is a reflection of her own life, very eclectic... a curious combination often inspired by a glimpse of something natural and taking leap somewhere else. It tells stories of her journey, that, while specific to her in the making, hopefully connects somewhere with each viewer and touches their own story too. She works in a variety of media including painting, mixed media, printmaking, assemblage and book art.

For 15 years, Nancy served as Chair of the Art Department at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR., where she taught classes in Drawing, Illustration, Book Arts, Experimental and Contemporary Media and Art Education. She has exhibited her work regionally and nationally in many venues including the Delta Exhibition and Toys Designed by Artists, both at the Arkansas Arts Center, the American Drawing Biennial in Williamsburg, VA, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, VA, the Schneider Museum in Ashland, OR, St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, the Nabisco World Headquarters in East Hanover, NJ, and the Albuquerque Museum, to name a few. Her work, Drifting Toward Dawn, was exhibited in the American Embassy in Brassaville, the Congo, as part of the US State Department’s Art in Embassies Program

In 2001, she received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award in Book Arts from the Arkansas Arts Council.  She received her MFA from Savannah College of Art & Design in Illustration, and illustrated two children’s books, The Old Lady Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle, authored by Margery MacDonald, and I Scream, You Scream, authored byLillian Morrison. Nancy’s work is in many private and corporate collections. One of her artist’s books, Hildegarde of Bingen, is a part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Another of her artist’s books, Feathers & Findings, can befound in Lark’s 500 Handmade Books.

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Nancy Dunaway


1991           Master of Fine Arts, Illustration, Summa Cum Laude,

                             Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA

 1969         Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art, Hendrix College,Conway, AR

Professional Experience

1993-08     Chairperson, Professor of Art, Henderson State University,     

                                Arkadelphia, AR

Professional Activities, Publications and Awards

2016          The Art of Living, Arkansas Hospice Foundation, Little Rock, AR

2015-16     Arkansas Made, A Curated Look at The Artists of Arkansas,

                                special publication Arkansas Times, Louise Terzia, curator

2004-07      President,Society of Layerists in Multi Media, Albuquerque, NM

2006           Ellis College Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award,

                                  Henderson State University,   Arkadelphia,AR

                    “Hildegarde of Bingen” artist’s book,  permanent collection, the

                     National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington , D.C.

2005           Purchase Award, House of Promise, Exploring the 23rd Psalm 

                                  Exhibit, Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock, AR

2004           Editor and work included, “The Art of Layering: Making Connections”

                                  Starline Publishing, Albuqeurque, NM

2003          AR Higher Education Art Educator of the Year,  AR Art Education

                                   Association, Little Rock, AR

2001-04     Membership Selection Committee, Mentor, Society of Layerists in

                                   Multi Media, Albuquerque, NM

2001          IndividualArtist Fellowship Award (Artist’s Books), AR Arts Council,

                                    Little Rock, AR

2000          Ellis College Faculty Excellence in Artistic Expression Award,

                                     Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR

1998          Bridging Time & Space, Essays on Layered Art, 

                                     Markowitz Publishing, Maui, HI

1997          AR Higher Education Art Educator of the Year, Arkansas Art Education 

                                    Association, Little Rock, AR

1994-98     Director, Higher Education Division, Arkansas Art Education

                                    Association, Little Rock, AR

1992          Recipient, Don Freeman Memorial Grant in Aid, Society of Children’s

                                   Book Writers & Illustrators

1988          Recipient,Stephens Award for Outstanding High School Teaching,

                                   Stephens Inc. & City Education Trust, Little Rock, AR

Selected Exhibitions

2016        “Inked Arkansas”, the Arkansas Society of Printmakers, Laman Library

                                   Gallery, North Little Rock, AR

2015        Recent Work, Nancy Dunaway & Katherine Strause, Gallery 26,

                                    Little Rock, AR

2014        “There’s No Place Like Home,” Hays Kansas Arts Council, Hays Arts

                                    Center, Hays, Kansas

2013         “Nature in Transition”, Blue Heron Nature Preserve, Atlanta, Georgia

2010        “More Life Lessons”, Russell Fine ArtsGallery, Henderson State

                                   University,  Arkadelphia, AR

2009       US Embassy Brassaville, the Congo (Arts in the Embassies, US State

                                   Department, Washington, DC

2008        52nd Annual Delta Exhibition, juror, Eleana Del Rio, AR Arts Center,

                                    Little Rock, AR

                 “Illumination”, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Ft. Myers, FL

2007        “Exploring Multiple Dimensions”, jurors Gerry Rigg & Nancy Azara, 

                                      Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque, NM

                 Hildegarde of Bingen (unique Artist’s Book) selected for permanent

                                      collection of The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 


                   “The Clinton Collection”, Art Across Arkansas, Clinton Presidential

                                      Library,  Little Rock, AR

2006         “Celebrating Excellence”, AR Arts Council Artist’s Fellowship 20th

                                      Anniversary, Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AR

                   “Connections:  We are All One” juror Gwen Hefner,  Art at the

                                      Cathedral, Christ  Church, Louisville, KY

2005           “Toys Designed by Artists”, juror, Kenneth R. Trapp, Arkansas Arts

                                      Center, Little Rock, AR

                    “On the Edge” juror: Michael Prebble, Peninsula Fine Arts Center,

                                      Newport News, VA

2004          “Originals!” Arkansas Women Artists 2004-2005 Exhibition

                                      sponsored by the  Arkansas Committee of the National

                                      Museum of Women in the Arts

                      “47th Annual Delta Exhibition, Juror  Katherine Degn,     

                                     Kraushaar Galleries, New York City, Arkansas Arts Center

                     “Healing Environments” Blue Moon Gallery, Hot Springs, AR

2003            “Fire in the Heart: the Creative Spirit”, Schneider Museum of Art,

                                      Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR

2000           “The Birth of Wisdom,” La Chapelle des Penitents, Gordes, France, &

                                      St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM

                     “Alchemy, an Exhibition of Rolled Art,” Nabisco Gallery, Nabisco

                                      World Hdqtrs., East Hanover, NJ, Garde Art Center, New

                                      London, CT, Temple B’nai Jeshurun, NJ

1999            “Bridging Time and Space: The Power of Image and Word,”

                                      Dominican College, San Rafael, CA

1997            “Toys Designed by Artists”,Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

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