Biography

Born in Ottawa, Canada, Nancy Simmons Smith lived in Mississauga, London, Toronto, Manhattan and Westport, Connecticut before settling down in Peterborough, Ontario where she currently resides.

Non-objective art became an important focus in her life in the early 1990s.  She studied painting, drawing and sculpture part-time at Sir Sandford Fleming College, the Peterborough School of Fine Art and the Haliburton School of the Arts where she first met Lila Lewis Irving, her most inspirational teacher.  Nancy’s figurative practice is anchored in a weekly life-drawing group that began working together in 2009.

Untitled acrylic triptych 72″x24″
First Prize, Colour and Form Society 2006

 Group and Solo Exhibitions

2017, “Let There Be Pink”, Women’s Art Association of Canada, Toronto
2017, “Women of a Certain Age”, The Colborne Art Gallery, Colborne
2016,  “bare naked 3: larger than life”, KAGS, Peterborough
2016,  “Figures”, KAGS, Peterborough
2016, “The Abstract Show”, KAGS, Peterborough
2015, “bare naked 2 1/2”, Dreams n Beans, Peterborough
2015, “Faces and Figures”, KAGS, Peterborough
2015, “bare naked 2”, Peterborough
2015, “Expressions”, Lew Gallery, Buckhorn
2014, “bare naked 1 1/2”, Dreams n Beans, Peterborough
2014, “bare naked”, Peterborough
2014, “Abstracting from Life”, KAGS, Peterborough
2013, Christmas Group Show, Christensen Fine Art, Peterborough
2013, “Art Gives Good Gifts”, Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art, Guelph
2013, “Alaria”, atelier rzlbd, Toronto
2013, “Faces and Figures”, KAGS, Peterborough
2013, “White on White”, Women’s Art Association of Canada, Toronto
2013, “Blackwater Art”, White Water Gallery, North Bay
2012, “Canadian Landmarks”, 60th Anniversary Colour and Form Society Exhibition, Carrier Art Gallery, Toronto
2012, Colour and Form Society Biennial, Todmorden Mills Heritage Centre, Toronto
2011, Artist Members’ Show, Women’s Art Association of Canada, Toronto
2010, Colour and Form Society Biennial, Todmorden Mills Heritage Centre, Toronto
2010, 2011, 2012 Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio, Peterborough
2009, Colour and Form Society at Gallery 1313, Toronto
2008, Colour and Form Society Biennial, Todmorden Mills Heritage Centre, Toronto
2007, “Abstracts 3”, Peterborough
2006, “2×2 Touring Exhibition”, Colour and Form Society – various galleries in Ontario
2006, “Furniture, Fissures and Fancies”, ARTeMS, Twohey’s Furniture, Peterborough
2004, “Spirit of Trent”, 40th Anniversary, Trent University, Peterborough
2004, “Road Trip”, Trapeze, WAAC,  Toronto
2004, “Women’s Work II”, Cossar Art Centre, Peterborough
2003, “Without a Net”, Trapeze, WAAC,  Toronto
2002, “Objects of Desire”, Trapeze, WAAC, Toronto
2001, “Imaging the Self”, Trapeze, WAAC, Toronto 

Juried Exhibitions

2015, 38th Annual Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg
2015, Members’ Juried Show, KAGS, Peterborough
2014, 62nd Annual Colour and Form Society, Etobicoke
2013, 61st Annual Colour and Form Society, Etobicoke
2011, 59th Annual Colour and Form Society, Etobicoke
2011, “girls!”, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago
2010, 58th Annual Colour and Form Society, Etobicoke
2009, 57th Annual Colour and Form Society, Etobicoke
2008, 56th Annual Colour and Form Society, Etobicoke
2007, 55th Annual Colour and Form Society, Etobicoke
2007 “24 Hours in the City” Red Eye Gallery, Distillery District, Toronto
2007, “2-3-d-6”, Energy Gallery, Toronto
2006, 54th Annual Colour and Form Society, Etobicoke, Ontario – First Prize
2006, “Convergence”, Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound
2005, 53rd Annual Colour and Form Society, Etobicoke, Prize for Best Abstract
2004, “Bod and Abode” Women’s Art Association of Canada, Toronto
2001, “Art and Healing” Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation, Peterborough

Affiliations

Colour and Form Society

Women’s Art Association of Canada

Kawartha Artists Gallery and Studio