CCT: Deborah Dancy

Connecticut Artists Collection

Deborah Dancy (born 1949)
 

{Deborah Dancy} Deborah Dancy has been on the faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Connecticut since 1981. Her professional career has been marked by a number of significant honors and awards, including a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Connecticut Commission of the Arts Artist Fellowship, and New England Foundation for the Arts/NEA Individual Artist Grant. She has exhibited in galleries and museums including Purdue University, LewAllen Contemporary, Mattatuck Museum, and DeCordova Museum. Dancy’s work is included in numerous permanent collections, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Birmingham Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Oberlin College Museum of Art, Hallmark, General Electric Company, and the Bellagio Hotel. Sears-Peyton Gallery (New York), G.R.N’Namdi Gallery (Chicago and Miami), and Charles Young Fine Prints and Drawings (Portland, Connecticut) represent her work.

 
 
 
Artist Statement (about 30 Black Men, Violets and Vinegar, and Winter Morning):

This series of work was created in 1997 in response to the discovery in 1991 of the African Burial Ground in lower Manhattan. I often refer to them as my shroud pieces because archeological evidence indicates that individuals who were buried there had been wrapped in shrouds closed with copper pins. I thought of the pieces as a kind of homage to those lives – and the lack of recognition for their history and contributions – and I found myself patching together these mixed media works that addressed their presence. I constructed the poetic text fragments and embedded them in layers of beeswax on the water-colored painted surface. I wanted them to stand as figures – reminders of those who lived ordinary and sometimes heroic lives. It was my intention to make them quiet, beautiful, and haunting.

 


{30 Black Men}     {30 Black Men - detail}  detail
30 Black Men
1997
watercolor, beeswax, and text on paper with muslin backing
60" high x 33" wide
(purchased in 2013)

Currently on exhibit:
Where: Legislative Office Building - Room 3200 (Environment Committee), 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
When: Monday-Friday, 10:00-4:00
 

{Violets and Vinegar}     {Violets and Vinegar - detail}  detail
Violets and Vinegar
1997
watercolor, beeswax, and text on paper with muslin backing
60" high x 33" wide
(purchased in 2013)
 
Currently on exhibit:
Where: Legislative Office Building - Room 3200 (Environment Committee), 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
When: Monday-Friday, 10:00-4:00
 

{Winter Morning}     {Winter Morning - detail}  detail
Winter Morning
1997
watercolor, beeswax, and text on paper with muslin backing
60" high x 33" wide
(purchased in 2013)
 
Currently on exhibit:
Where: Legislative Office Building - Room 3200 (Environment Committee), 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
When: Monday-Friday, 10:00-4:00


{Sonnet}
Sonnet
1993
oil on canvas
72" high x 60" wide
(purchased in 1994)
 
Currently on exhibit:
Where: Office of State Ethics, 18-20 Trinity Street, Suite 205, Hartford, CT 06106 (no parking available)
When: Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00
 
 
{Wedge}
Wedge
1982
silkscreen on paper (edition 20/150)
19" high x 23" wide
(donated in 1983 / accepted into Connecticut Artists Collection in 2008)

Available for viewing:
Contact Michelle Parrish at 203-453-2457 or
michelle.parrish@ct.gov for more information.