Nancie King Mertz

Rockford, Illinois

The many years I’ve spent painting this portion of the Panhandle always make me feel as if I’ve returned home.  The warm welcome from all who are here and the wealth of inspiring views to paint keep me coming back.  When our paint out ends each year, there’s always the feeling that so many spots were left unpainted….next year!

Nancie King Mertz, has spent her lifetime painting in oil & pastel. She was awarded the Master Circle by Int’l Assoc. of Pastel Societies, Eminent Pastelist in 2018, and is a Master Signature member of Pastel Society of America & Chicago Pastel Painters. Nancie juries, demos & teaches numerous workshops across the US, Italy, France & Croatia.  She is on the faculty for the Plein Air Convention, Plein Air South, and the IAPS Convention. 

IAPS awarded her the Prix de Pastel in 2018. She was the lead juror for the 2019 IAPS Masters’ Show, and juried the 2022 PSA Enduring Brilliance Exhibition.  Her work has been featured in Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art, American Artist, French & Chinese magazines, as well as the cover and several articles in Pastel Journal.

Nancie was a 3 year Instructor of Art at Eastern IL University where she received her MA in Painting two years after completing her BFA in Painting at the University of IL. She and her husband owned a gallery for 19 years in Chicago’s Lincoln Park/Lakeview. Nancie has owned a framing company since college, and they recently opened a Learning Center & gallery in their home in Rockford, IL for pastel immersion, where artists can stay.

Her pastels are included in exhibits in museums in the US, China and Europe. She was the Guest of Honor of Art Du Pastel En France with a workshop and show of her work in Giverny in May, 2022. 

See more about Nancie and her work at her website

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