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Nancy Brooks

Nancy Hall Brooks is a painter and printmaker who resides and maintains a studio in Somerville, MA. Her work connects personal stories and the wider spheres of politics, history and myth. Brooks has a strong affinity for expressionist, narrative art forms. Her paintings and prints are allegorical in an open-ended way, deriving their ultimate meaning from associations the viewer brings to the experience of looking. Brooks received her artistic training at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the University of Arizona in Tucson. Since earning her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Arizona in 1986, she has shown her work locally and nationally. Her exhibitions include one-person shows at Willoughby & Baltic gallery and the Bromfield gallery and group exhibitions at the Arlington Center for the Arts, Brickbottom gallery and elsewhere. Her work was also included in an exhibition of Cuban and American artists in Havana, Cuba. Brooks has been awarded residencies at Blue Mountain Center and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. She is the recipient of two artist fellowship grants from the Somerville Arts Council.