Nancy Thompson Brown


Nancy Thompson Brown born 1926 Annapolis, MD.

Received a scholarship to Abbott School of Art in DC continuing education:University of Maryland,Maryland Institute of Art , Corcoran Museum School of Art.And studied with Washington Color field painters Leon Berkowitz and Gene Davis. Also with painter Sam Gilliam and sculptress Anne Truitt. Nancy was a sailor and lived aboard her 36 foot ketch "Radian" with her husband in Annapolis for a number of years while teaching at the Key School. Leaving Annapolis for the Eastern Shore of Maryland she continued to teach and produce art from her studio in Centreville. In 1971 Nancy visited Monhegan Island,ME where her early mentor and friend the painter and writer Rockwell Kent had lived . In 1981 after summer visits she was able to purchase the studio/cottage "Candlelight " which was originally built and owned by Maude Briggs Knowlton one of Monhegan 's early women artists. It was there that she summered for the next 25years conducting workshops in college mixed media and painting. She exhibited her work from her studio and the Lupine Gallery. She was one of the founding members of Women Artists of Monhegan,member of Board of the Monhegan Museum and the Monhegan Library. In 1989 Nancy was awarded the first of two fellowships to the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.During these times she established professional relationships with Agnes Martin and Alan Houser . In 1996 she and her husband moved to El Rito north of Questa. Her abstract paintings,monotypes and collages are of a spiritual and mystical dimension reflecting the essence of inner and outer place. Her work has received many awards and recognition by the following outstanding jurors:Adelaide Breeskin,Betty Parsons,Theodore Wolff, Lloyd Goodrich, George Segal and Roberta Smith. She is survived by her husband William Hopkins Brown, son, Stanley K.Thompson (Santa Fe), brother, Thomas Leitch (Annapolis,MD ) Donations in her memory can be made to Stray Hearts. Arrangements by Rivera Family Funeral Home. To share a memory, please visit our website at


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