Artist Nancy Willis lives and works in the Napa Valley. As a painter/ printmaker she works with themes of intimacy and social connection by creating series such as The BED, RSVP, the CHANDELIER and TERRAIN. With paint or printing ink, Willis uses an additive and subtractive process to explore how color, light and atmosphere can instill meaning and evoke a sense of place. Her work was recently exhibited at the StARTup Art Fairs in LA, Chicago and San Francisco and the With Liberty and Justice for Some exhibit in Berkeley.
Willis teaches at the Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley College, and Nimbus Arts. Her 2015 curatorial project NOURISH at the Napa Valley Museum brought together over 25 artists, 9 chefs and a live stream from the kitchen of a three Michelin starred restaurant in France. Her entrepreneurial projects include Path of an Artist tours, leading artists to France and Sundance for annual painting workshops. Willis’ work resonates with hospitality and can be seen in the Archer Hotel’s permanent collection in Napa.
Willis has been the guest curator for two large museum exhibitions. In addition to Nourish, she conceived and produced Discrepancy/living between war and peace, which included 23 artists, 3 writers and members from Pathway Home a recovery program for veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. In 2018, Willis was awarded an ACNV Community Fund Grant for her project Conflict Zone, a collaborative printmaking project with Yazidi women, men and kids.