Deborah Dancy

Emerita Professor of Painting


MFA, Illinois State University

Deborah Dancy is a painter whose abstract work describes odd invented spaces and stacked structures. Subtle tonalities and fragmented lines become descriptive markers in work that suggests familiar yet ambiguous spaces. Dancy works in a variety of mediums, large-scale oil paintings, mixed media on paper, printmaking and artists’ books. She has received a number of significant honors and awards, including: a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Connecticut Commission of the Arts Artist Grant, New England Foundation for the Arts/NEA Individual Artist Grant, Nexus Press Artist Book Project Award, Visual Studies Artist Book Project Residency Grant, The American Antiquarian Society’s William Randolph Hearst Fellowship, YADDO Fellow, and Women’s Studio Workshop Residency Grants and a Connecticut Book Award Illustration Nominee for her mixed media work in the book, The Freedom Business.

She has exhibited in galleries and museums such as: Liz Harris Gallery Wright State University, Purdue University, LewAllen Contemporary, Marilyn Pearl Gallery, Sears-Peyton Gallery, The Fuller Museum, The Housatonic Museum, The Mattatuck Museum, The College of Saint Rose, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The Spencer Museum, The Mead Art Museum and The DeCordova Museum. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections including: The Boston Museum of Fine, The Birmingham Museum of Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Montgomery Museum of Art, The Spencer Museum of Art, The Hunter Museum of Art, Vanderbilt University, Grinnell College, Oberlin College Museum of Art, Davidson Art Center, The Detroit Museum of Art, Wesleyan University, Capri Capital, The Bellagio Hotel, and The United States Embassy in Cameroon.

Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, and N’Namdi Contemporary, Miami represent her work.

Professor Dancy has been on the faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Connecticut since 1981.

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