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Nancy Belfer

Nancy Belfer


Nancy Belfer is a fiber and mixed-media artist. She received a diploma from the Albright Art School, a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and a Master of Fine Arts from the School of American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is professor emerita at the Design Department at Buffalo State College.

Belfer is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the State University of New York 1982 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1981 Crafts Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. Her work has been in numerous regional and national exhibitions, including Objects: USA, at the Smithsonian Institution, Stitching, at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City, and Embroidery Now at the Denver Art Museum.  As part of the US State Department Arts in Embassies Program, her work was included an exhibition at the American Institute in Taiwan from 2003 to 2004. Most recently she has exhibited at the Indigo Gallery in Buffalo, the Adams Art Gallery in Dunkirk, NY and the Buffalo Arts Studio. Befler has also been included in numerous exhibitions at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and was a juror for Art in Craft Media 2013.

In a statement for that exhibition, Belfer observed:

“My research into historic textile traditions has always been a great influence [on my own creative practice], especially the resist-dye processes of Asia and the Americas, along with the application of complex surface detail through stitching and embroidery found in the textiles of many indigenous cultures. Through experimentation and intuition I have tried to adapt some of these traditional methods to my own work: to find a kind of vision or projection of what is possible and then figure out a way to make it happen.” [1]


[1] Nancy Belfer, juror’s statement in Art in Craft Media 2013 exhibition catalog, Burchfield Penney Art Center.