about

Nancy Topolski is a mixed media artist who works predominantly in collage and artist books. Using various materials including vintage images and papers for collage, discarded objects and bindings for artist books, electrostatic transfers and second hand/vintage fabric, she creates works on paper, canvas and wood.

 

The educational experience, learning and understanding (or lack there of) are essential ideas in Topolski's work. She has perpetually been engaged in making as a means of personal expression and more recently interested in pursuing knowledge and understanding through the process of making. The writing process is akin to that of making art and Nancy Topolski offers her viewers/readers of my work the opportunity to grow and learn by thinking both visually and conceptually. 

Collage & Mixed Media Art

Education

  

St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY              

Masters in Special Education   2005

Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

Graduate Program in Painting and Printmaking 1989-1991

Bachelor of Arts in Art 1988

Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 

 

Temple University/Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy, Spring 1987.

Studied lithography, etching, Italian and the Culture and History of Rome.

 

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Summer 1986

Studied drawing, painting and communications. 

 

Selected Exhibitions

2018                            

Fast, Cheap and Easy: The Copy Art Revolution

CEPA Gallery Buffalo, NY

(Contemporary and Visual Arts Center)

                         

2017                            

Take the Long Road Home                                

New work by Allen and Nancy Topolski                                 

Gallery Q, Rochester, NY

 

2016                            

Right Here - solo exhibit 

Thread, Rochester, NY

 

Fit to be Bound

Everson Museum of Art

Syracuse, NY

 

2014                           

Waiting for the World to Change

Gallery 413

Anderson Arts Bld, Rochester, NY

 

2012                            

Start Something -solo exhibit

Thread, Rochester, NY

 

2010                            

Bits and Pieces Invitational 

Four Walls Gallery, Rochester, NY

 

Work around the Home - solo exhibit

Record Archive, Rochester, NY

 

2009                             

Collage & Assemblage

Schweinforth Memorial Art Museum, Auburn, NY

 

2008                            

The Raven & The Writing Desk

New Work by Nancy Topolski and Rachel Hetzel

Studio 354 The Hungerford Building, Rochester, NY

 

2007

Action/Interaction Book Arts Exhibit 

Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Art, Chicago, IL

 

2006                           

Made in New York

Schweinforth Memorial Art Museum, Auburn, NY

 

Reader’s Art 6 – Changing the Wind

Susan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

 

2005                            

Paper Trail

Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

 

Appendix

Rochester Contemporary, Rochester, NY

 

(un) Bound

Rochester Contemporary, Rochester NY 

 

2004                            

Reiterations

Lab Space at Rochester Contemporary, Rochester, NY

 

Read Around the Room, Solo Exhibition

Gallery at the Art Library, University of Rochester, Rochester NY          

 

2003                            

There’s No Place Like Home

Rochester Contemporary, Rochester, NY   

 

2002                            

Fiber Works

Center at High Falls Fine Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

                             

Mourning Matters

Nancy Lenker Topolski & Sarah Webb 

Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, PA

 

2001                            

Hide and Seek; A Traveling Exhibition That Doesn’t Move

Pyramid Arts Center, Rochester NY

 

Keepings and January Boxes, Solo Exhibition

Gallery at the Art Library, University of Rochester, Rochester NY          

 

2000                            

Bridging the Gap, Pyramid Arts Center

The Cox Building, Rochester NY,

Received Memorial Art Gallery Award

 

Members Exhibition, Hallwalls Buffalo NY

 

1999                            

January Boxes,Solo Exhibition, 

Gallery at the Art Library, University of Rochester, Rochester NY

1999                                          

Members Exhibition, Pyramid Arts Center 

Pyramid Arts Center, Rochester NY

 

1998                            

Solo Exhibition, Terra Sylvan, Lewisburg, PA

 

1996                            

Alumni Artist’s Exhibit, Bucknell Art Gallery, 

Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

 

1994                            

As She Recalls: An Inquiry About Women and Remembrance, 

Points of View Exhibit, Westminster College Art Gallery

 

1993                            

Artist’s Books Exhibit, Gallery at the Art Library, 

University of Rochester, Rochester NY

 

1992                            

Solo Exhibition, Olmsted Gallery,

Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, PA

 

1991                           

National Juried Exhibition,

Austin Peay State University, Austin Peay TX

 

1990                           

 Invitational,Larsen Dulman Gallery, New Hope, PA

 

1989                            

Artist’s Books National Juried Exhibition, Zoller Gallery, 

Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA