About Nancy

Nancy DuVergne Smith
West Newton, MA
Phone: 617-823-9474: | Email: nancydsmith22@gmail.com
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Watercolor starts and stops time.

With any subject matter, applications of watercolor paint transform one another and migrate over the picture plane. The resulting work is a visceral burst of life that leaps from the artwork into the eyes, brain, and very cells of the viewer. For me, watercolor best expresses this life force.

Art and Professional Experience

Selected Exhibitions

Art of the Line, 13 artists use line as the defining character of paintings and sculptures. Galatea Fine Art, Boston. July 2022. Co-curated with James C Varnum.

Regarding Water, A dozen artists in diverse media show water in many forms, Honeyjones Gallery, Cambridge, September 2021. Curated by Nancy in collaboration with gallery owner Julie Ayaz.


Newton Watercolor Society 2023 Calendar, Geese by the River featured.
Newton Watercolor Society 7th Annual Member show. Skins: Human Medley October 2022.
New England Watercolor Society, Celebrating New England juried show, Rose of Sharon Sunlit. Plymouth Center for the Arts, Sept-Oct. 2022.
Cambridge Art Association Mary Schein Fall Salon juried show, Elm Bank Waterway, Sept.-Oct. 2022.
Newton Art Association Annual Awards Show, Summer Time. September 2022.
Newton Watercolor Society juried Light and Shadow Show, Rose of Sharon Sunlit Summer 2022.
Newton Open Studios juried show, Unquiet. January-February 2022.
Newton Art Association, Human Being | Being Human Piano Craft Gallery, Boston. Skins: Hands Intertwined.
Newton Open Studios 2022. 18 watercolors and collages on view.
Newton Watercolor Society, Light and Shadow online exhibition. Summer 2022, Rocky River Chiaroscuro, Rose of Sharon.
FenceART Newton, Selected for a 2022 traveling show.
Newton Art Association, Mother Brook Arts Center, Giving, Honorable Mention, Dedham MA, 2021
Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge MA, Bodies exhibition, 2021
Village Bank, Newton Centre MA, two paintings on exhibition. 2020-21
Newton Art Association, Art Works for Good, 2020-21; 2021-22
Newton Art Association, Annual Awards show, Shelter in Art, and James King Bonnar awards shows, 2020-21, 2021-22
Mosesian Center for the Arts Show Watertown MA We the People, 2020
Newton Art Association show at Piano Craft Gallery Boston, 2020
Newton Watercolor Society, Water exhibition, 2019
Newton Open Studios, 30 paintings, 2019
Natick Senior Center, solo show, 2019
Mosesian Center for the Arts show, Watertown MA, Five Star Regional, 2018—Honorable Mention
Massachusetts State House, Senator Cynthia Creem’s office, two paintings on view, 2018-19
Newton Watercolor Society, Water exhibition, 2014—Honorable Mention
Newton Art Association Annual Awards Show, James King Bonnar show, multiple years.
Motherbrook Center for the Arts, Dedham MA
Newton Art Association, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute show, 2019
MIT, Artists Beyond the Desks, 2003
Kingston Gallery, Boston MA, photography show, 1992
Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian MS, competition, 1982
Museum of Fine Arts Alexandria, Egypt, group show, 1981

Teaching Experience
Waterscapes: Sparkle and Shine, Newton Watercolor Society workshop, 2020
Wellesley College, lecturer first year writing program, 1989-96
Writing for the Web, day-long professional education workshops, nSight, 1998-2009
Radcliffe Seminars faculty, Writing for the Web, 1997
Trinidad and Tobago Literature Project, writing/internet instructor, 1996
English as a Second Language, American Cultural Institute, Alexandria, Egypt, 1981

Professional Career
What Do You Do All Day? A memoir in progress about the first year of retirement
MIT, Editorial Director, MIT Alumni Association, other positions, 1998-2018
Wellesley College, Editorial director, writing program lecturer, 1983-1995
New Age Magazine, Managing editor, 1978-80
New Orleans States Item, Meridian Star, MIT, et. al., reporter, freelance writer

Non-Profit Boards
Co-president, board member, Newton Arts Association, 2016-
Board member, Artists Foundation
Board member, treasurer, National Writers Union

BFA, Painting, Newcomb College of Art, Tulane University
ALM, Master’s in English and American Literature, Extension School, Harvard University.