NANCY GRAVES - 1939-1995

1939 - Born, December 23, Pittsfield, MA

1961 - BA, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

1964 - M.F.A., School of Art and Architecture, Yale University, New Haven, CT
- Received Fulbright-Hayes Grant in Painting to study in Paris.

1965 - Lived in Florence, Italy.
- Assemblages incorporating live and stuffed animals.

1965 - 1970 - Marriage to Richard Serra.

1966 - Moved to New York in September.
- Completed first camel sculptures.
- Taught for three years at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ.

1969 - Solo exhibition of three camels at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

1970 - Filmed Goulimine in Morocco in January and Isy Boukir in Morocco in June.
- Received Vassar College Fellowship.
- Taught at the San Francisco Art Institute.
- Solo exhibition at Neue Galerie im Alten Kurhaus, Aachen, Germany.

1971 - Received National Endowment for the Arts Grant.
- Ordered NASA moon maps from Geologic Survey, Washington D.C.
- Returned to painting and made Lunar Print Portfolio at Landfall Press, Chicago.
- Worked on film, Aves

1973 - Traveled to Mexico
- Solo exhibition Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA

1974 - Received CAPS Grant.
- Moved to 69 Wooster Street, New York, NY.

1977 - Worked with Joanne Akalaitis at the Public Theater on a backdrop for Dressed like an Egg: A Play about Colette (Mabu Mines).
- Contracted Richard Polich of Tallix Foundry, Peekskill, NY to make bronze cast of the sculpture, Fossils, for the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany.
- Produced series of intaglio prints at Tyler Graphics, Bedford Village, NY
- Joined Knoedler Gallery, New York, NY

1978 - Traveled to Guatamala.

1979 - Resident, American Academy in Rome.

1980 - Major traveling exhibition organized by Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY surveying her drawings, paintings and sculpture to date.
- Received Skowhegen Medal for Drawing/Graphics.

1981 - Traveled to Egypt.
- Traveled to India, Nepal and Kashmir.

1982 - Traveled to Peru.

1983 - Trip to Berlin. Moscow, Leningrad, Warsaw and Amsterdam

1984 - Traveled to China.

1985 - Received Yale Arts Award for Distinguished Artistic Achievement.
- Designed sets and costumes for Trisha Brown's Lateral Pass.
- Two week teaching appointment at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia.

1986 - Received Vassar College Distinguished Visitor Award.
- Received Bessie Award for the set design for Trisha Brown's Lateral Pass.
- Visiting artist at School of Design, Altos de Chavon, Dominican Republic.
- Harvester KC commissioned by United Missouri Bank, Kansas City, MO.

1987 - Received American Art Award from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
- Traveling retrospective exhibition of her sculpture, organized by Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, accompanied by a catalogue raisonné of her sculpture.

1988 - Second trip to Egypt
- Trip to Stockholm, Sweden on occasion of her exhibition at Wetterling Gallery.
- Visited Japan on occasion of her show at Gallery Mukai, Tokyo.
- Appointed Trustee of the Berkshire Museum.
- Taught Master watercolor course at Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts, Albuquerque and visited Canyon de Chelly, Mesa Verde, and Monument Valley.
- Harvester KC installed at United Missouri Bank, Kansas City, MO.
- Toured Italy (Rome, Agrigento, Siracusa and Taorimina) with Judy Pfaff.

1989 - Trip to the Phillipines.
- Awarded Honorary Degree, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York.
- Elected to membership in The Century Association.

1990 - Elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY.
- Worked with Don Saff at GraphicStudio, Tampa, FL.

1991 - Married Dr. Avery Smith.
- Made prints at 2RC in Rome with Walter Rossi.
- Left Tallix for Walla Walla Foundry in Walla Walla, Washington.

1992 - Awarded Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD and Yale University, New Haven, CT.
- Artist-in-residence at the Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA.

1993 - Operation at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle, WA for a subarachnoid hemorrhage followed by five months of therapy at Rusk Institute, New York University Medical Center, York, NY.

1994 - Several trips to Walla Walla Foundry to collaborate on sculpture with Saff Tech Arts.
Made scale drawing for a mosaic commissioned by Caesar Pelli for the floor of the National Airport (Ronald Reagan Airport), Washington, D.C.

1995 - April, in Walla Walla making her last sculptures with Saff Tech Arts.
- May, diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Received chemotherapy treatments at New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY.
- October 21, Nancy Graves died.



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