Nancy Vachon


Since 1992, Nancy Vachon has conducted over fifty Illinois residencies, both independently and through the IAC. She has worked with Gallery 37, Art Resources in Teaching, DuPage Children’s Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and is an instructor at the Interdisciplinary Arts Department and Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College. She was awarded two Community Arts Assistance Grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (1991 & 2000), a Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Residency (2005), and two Ragdale Foundation Residencies (2000 & 2001). In addition to numerous local and national exhibitions, she has exhibited internationally at the International Papermaking Conference in Kyoto, Japan (1995); Urumchi Fine Arts Academy in Xinjiang, China; and the Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo in San Jose, Costa Rica (2002).

Artistic Statement: 

I am a professional artist with over thirty years of experience. My work combines handmade paper with mixed media (found objects, calligraphy, printmaking, painting, collage, and Xerox/photo transfers) to produce open-books, wall pages, and unique artists’ books. The ephemera of everyday urban experiences, images of prairies/farms, and travels to unfamiliar places (Japan, China, and Indonesia) combine to add insight/discovery to my work. These are reflective sources with great personal meaning for me, the remnants/memories of my travels, and are the bits around which my works revolve. As an arts educator, I teach the history, techniques, and possibilities for arts integration and cross-curricular learning through individual books and collaborative wall installations.

Residency Type: 
Individual Artist