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Nancy Staub Laughlin

About Nancy Staub Laughlin

N a n c y S t a u b L a u g h l i n


1976-78 Johnson Atelier Institute of Technical Sculpture, Princeton, NJ
1976 BFA Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1972-73 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Nancy Droofus Gallery, Kean University, Union, NJ

2014 Noyes Museum of Art at Stockton College, NJ

2010 Johnson and Johnson World Headquarters, New Brunswick, NJ

2009 Noho Gallery in Chelsea, New York, NY

2007 Noho Gallery in Chelsea, New York, NY

2006-07 State House of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ

2006 Gallery at Schering-Plough, World Headquarters, Kenilworth, NJ

2004 Aqueous Worlds of Wonder, Noho Gallery in Chelsea, New York, NY

2001 Newhouse Gallery, New York, NY

1997 Prudential Corporate Gallery, Newark, NJ

1996 New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

1994 Princeton University, Bernstein Gallery Princeton, NJ

Group Exhibitions

2015 George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, Art Connection 12

2015 National Ass. of Women in the Arts, Daring to Defy the Medium: What is Collage?, New York, NY

2015 Andrea Keogh Gallery, Litchfield, CT

2010 Kean University, Burger Gallery, Six New Jersey Masters, Union, NJ

2009 Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers, National Association of Women in the Arts: Acquisitions 2003-07 (postponed to 201?)

2007 Still Life, Curated by Ingrid Fox, former Curator, Pfizer Inc., Nicholas F. Rizzo Fine Arts, Chatham, NJ

2003 Hidden Threads, Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ

1998 Andrea Marquit Fine Arts, Boston, MA

1995 Altered Images, Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ

Reviews, Features and Honors

2015 Her Story 2016, Manhattan Arts , New York, NY

2015 Featured artist review, Artsyshark, Carolyn Edlund, New York, NY

2014 Featured artist review, Manhattan Arts, Renee Phillips, New York, NY

2014 Guest lecturer Noyes Museum of Art, NJ

2014 Featured artist, New Jersey Arts

2010 Guest lecturer Johnson and Johnson World Headquarters, New Brunswick, NJ

2010 Guest lecturer, Present Day Club, Princeton, NJ
2009 feature, City Arts, Effervescence of the Spring Snow, New York, NY

2008 accepted Permanent Collection, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University

2007 inducted National Association of Women in the Arts, New York, NY

2007 State House of New Jersey, Honored by Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells

2007 Village Voice, New York City Top Picks , New York, NY

2007 Beyond Seductive Surfaces, Gallery and Studio, Ed McCormick

2006 Nancy Staub Laughlin lecture by Sam Hunter, Art Critic, Sponsored by Arts Council of Princeton

2006 Utility Yields to Artistry, The Trenton Times

2005 inducted Hall of Fame for the Arts, Purnell School, NJ

2005 All in the Family, Princeton Packet

2004 A Few of Nancy Staub Laughlin’s Favorite Thing, Gallery and Studio, Ed McCormick

2004 essay review, Aqueous Worlds of Wonder, Sam Hunter, Art Critic

2003 All that Glitters, Princeton Packet

2003 Hidden Threads, The Trenton Times

1996 “Water, Melons…” The Star Ledger

1996 Dots the Story, The Trenton Times

1995 Visions that Change Even as they Create, The New York Times

1994 Still Lifes Sparkle, The Trenton Times

1975 Sarah A. Peters Traveling Fellowship, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, Pa.


Agnew International, Princeton, NJ
Boecher, Lynch and Mayer, New York, NY
Bohlin, Cywinski, Jackson Architects, PA
Bristol Meyers/Squibb Corporate Headquarters, Princeton, NJ
Commodities Corporation (Goldman Sachs), Princeton, NJ
Capital Health Hospital, Hopewell, NJ
Chemco, Inc., Glen Cove, LI, NY
Colgate/Palmolive, New York, NY
Dumont/Landis, New Brunswick, NJ
Ethicon, NJ
Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, Mass.
Insurance Company of North America, Philadelphia, PA
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Johnson and Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
Judy King Interiors, Princeton, NJ
Lake Shore National Bank, Chicago, IL
Merck Pharmaceuticals, NJ
Millholland and Olson, Princeton, NJ
National Starch, NJ
New Jersey Bell, NJ
New Jersey Natural Gas
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
Ortec International, New York, NY
Princeton Day School, Princeton, NJ
Renny,Inc., New York, NY
Robert Wood University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
Sun Chemical, NJ
Tucker, Anthony, RL Day, Princeton,NJ
University Orthopaedic Associates, New Brunswick, NJ
Wilentz, Goldman, Spitzer, NJ
Wright Associates, Princeton, NJ

* In numerous private collections

Artist Statement

Nancy Staub Laughlin

BIO: Nancy Staub Laughlin is known primarily as a pastel artist and photographer. Nancy has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Moore College of Art, in Philadelphia, PA. She also attended and graduated from the Johnson Atelier Institute of Technical Sculpture in Princeton, New Jersey. She has exhibited in New York City and has been recognized and honored in New Jersey where she had a one- person exhibit at the New Jersey State Museum along with being included in the permanent collection. Nancy was honored by Secretary of State, Nina Mitchell Wells (under Corzine) with a solo exhibit at the State House of New Jersey.

Her most recent accomplishments have been an exhibit at the Noyes Museum, New Jersey and Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters in New Brunswick. Her work was also honorably included in a select show, Six New Jersey Masters at Kean University, Burger Gallery. Nancy has received critical acclaim and reviews : New York Times, City Arts, Gallery/Studio Magazine. and a featured artists reviews by Renee Phillips, Manhattan Arts and Artsyshark, Carolyn Edlund. She has had numerous features in the Star Ledger ,Trenton Times and numerous online sites. Nancy is represented in many private and public collections and was honored to be chosen to be in the NAWA collection at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Nancy’s next solo exhibit will be at Kean University in New Jersey, March 2017. Her work will be included in Studio Visit Magazine, chosen by juror Jessica Roscio, Danforth Art Museum, Mass., Winter 2017.

Her most memorable highlight was being reviewed by Sam Hunter, Art Critic and Historian of Modern and Contemporary Art who found her work “refreshingly unique”. This has been a common theme among many of her positive reviews. She offers a “different” approach and passion to drawing. Nancy is consistent in her vision…one can always recognize her signature style no matter how much she has changed or grown.

STATEMENT: I have created a new concept of the “still life” working with pastels on paper and photography. Although, they are separately two bodies of work, the photograph is an integral part of the drawing. After photographing my “stills”, the photograph is used as a reference to complete the final drawing. A few are chosen to stand on their own and others used for information. My newest series, which I refer to as “assemblages”, actually incorporates the photograph into the pastel. The photography juxtaposed alongside the pastels allows the viewer a unique glimpse into my creative process. For me, the process is as important as the finished creation. Even though the viewer is unaware of the steps, it allows me to enter the unreal world I have created.

I create these “assemblage stills” by first gathering specifically chosen “props” and then combining them to create my “new” concept of the still life. My extensive collection of baubles and sparkles, allows me to create the appropriate balance of translucency, layering and glitter. I create these stills by multi layering juxtaposing elements: ie. photographs of the landscape in different seasons and detailed photographs of glowing or glittering moments . I add the paralleling objects to accentuate these phenomenas.

The actual photograph that I have incorporated into the pastel drawing creates a dramatic tromp l’oeil like effect. This photograph is essential and is the catalyst that completes the drawing. It is mounted and raised one half inch from the paper and drawn shadows are added to accentuate the three dimensionality. These “assemblage stills” allow the viewer to enter my world of color, light, dimension and beauty from a different perspective. This concept opens another door to the “next step” in my progression. I envelope the viewer, play with the balance of nature vs. glitter and unveil my glowing and unique world .

Inspirations for my work are years of fascination with color, light, glow and shadow . It has evolved into my own unique expression.