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Nancie King Mertz

by Informed Collector on 9/13/2017 8:41:52 AM

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Nancie King Mertz


Pastel 23.00 x 19.00

Light Commute by Nancie King Mertz was awarded the BoldBrush Award in the July 2017 BoldBrush Painting Competition.




An award-winning artist, Nancie has spent her lifetime painting in oil & pastel.  Education: Univ of IL--BFA in Painting, where she was a James Scholar; Eastern IL Univ--MA in Painting, served as Instructor of Art 3 years; named 2009 Distinguished Alum of the Graduate School and 2016 Distinguished Alum of the University.  She was awarded the Master Circle Medallion by the Int’l Assoc. of Pastel Societies in 2015 and is also a Master Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Chicago Pastel Painters. She teaches across the US and internationally and is on the faculty for the Plein Air Convention and the IAPS Convention.  The Jack Richeson Co. offers her Urban Set of 80 pastels thru their site and on Amazon.

Mertz has traveled to nearly 20 countries and around the US for inspiration, however, Chicago remains her favorite city to explore and paint, where she was twice named “Artist of the Year”.  Collectors marvel at the beauty she finds in the urban setting and have said she "softens the edges of the city".  Nancie produces well over 100 paintings each year, most on-site. Her work was featured on the cover of Pastel Journal in Feb. 2015, along with a 7 page article on her work.  She was the 2011 Artist-In-Residence for the IN Dunes Nat’l Park.  See her work on many of the Chicago-themed TV shows. Her husband, Ron, publishes her sold originals in Giclée prints & cards and they own ArtDeTriumph & Artful Framer Studios at 2938 N Clark in Chicago, open 7 days a week.  


 She offers destination workshops and local demos, and serves as a juror for shows across the country.



  • Pastel Society of America-Master Signature Member

  • Chicago Pastel Society-Master Signature Member

  • Int’l Assoc. of Pastel Societies-Master Circle Member

  • Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago

  • Salmagundi Club, NYC 

  • Oil Painters of America

  • Degas Pastel Society, New Orleans

  • Indiana Plein Air Painters Assoc.

  • Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce

  • LakeView East Chamber of Commerce

  • Philanthropic Council Advocate IL Masonic Medical Center



  • PSA:  awards in 2016, 2015,Bill Creevy Award 2014, 2013 award

  • CPP:  Best in Show, 1st Pl, and various awards

  • IAPS:  First Place 2017, Award of Merit 2015, 2013 and Master Circle Recipient

  • Palette & Chisel:  Diamond Medal and various awards since 1988

  • Pastel Journal, various awards, Feb. 2015 cover, and articles, Pastel 100 juror in 2017

  • The Artist Magazine, various awards

  • Plein Air Easton! awards 2010 and 2015
    First Place Carmel on Canvas

  • OPA: 5th Pl 

  • Degas Pastel:  Honorable Mention 2015, Great American Award 2014, 

  • IPAPA: Award of Merit 2015, Honorable Mention 2014

  • Boldbrush:  the Boldbrush Award and Finalist awards

  • Distinguished Graduate Alum 2012 Eastern IL University
    Distinguished Alum 2016 Eastern IL University 

  • Inaugural Class 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee Arcola High School

  • LPCofC:  Business Person of the Year 2008, Small Business of the Year 2000

  • Network of Women Entrepreneurs Woman of the Year Award 2000


  • Pastel Journal Feb 2015 cover Artist and 11 pg. feature story
    Plein Air Magazine feature story 
  • PSA Pastelagram 2015 feature story in bi-annual publication
  • FL Forgotten Coast 10-day Invitational Plein Air Paint-Out, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 
  • MD Plein Air Easton! 2015, 2010
  • PSA Enduring Brilliance Show 
  • Florida's Forgotten Coast Invitational 10-Day Paint Out
  • Boston, Voss Gallery, IAPS show
  • NYC, Nat'l Arts Club, PSA's "Enduring Brilliance", awards
  • MD, Plein Air--Easton!  Utrecht Award of Excellence "Best Use of Light"
  • 2nd Place Chicago Pastel Painters
  • "Best of Show" Richeson 75 Small Works Show  Kimberly, WI
  • Univ. of IL Alumni Center, Jan-July '08
  • "Medical Arts as Fine Art" Rosalind Franklin University Traveling Show
  • studio b, Three Oaks, MI
  • Gallery Wright, VT
  • Greenhouse Gallery's Masters, TX
  • "Best of Show" Award, Nat'l Pastel Painters show hosted by Chicago Pastel Painters
  • Renaissance Hotel, Schaumburg
  • Cape Cod Painters
  • Barnsite Gallery, Kewaunee WI
  • Palette & Chisel Academy of Arts--18 one-person Fall shows
  • Edwards Heart Hospital in Naperville
  • Joseph Layton in Galena
  • Northwestern's Prentis Hospital
  • Chicago "One-Of-A-Kind" 10 Years
  • Gallery 415, Chicago
  • Southside Art League
  • Palette & Chisel Group Shows
  • Ottinger Gallery, 2 one-person 
  • Ottinger Gallery, 3-person 
  • The St. Louis Artist's Guild
  • Springfield Art Association
  • Chicago Windy City Artists, group 
  • Midwest Pastel Society gold medal
  • Scottsdale Artist's League
  • James Thompson Center
  • Nymeyer Gallery
  • Indianapolis Athletic Club
  • Municipal Art League
  • The Claridge, 3 one-person shows
  • Gwenda Jay Gallery, 1& 2-person shows Gallery of Holy Covenant United Methodist, 3 one-person, numerous group shows Palette & Chisel Academy, 15 one-person, numerous group, Diamond Medal, Best of Show, and other awards


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