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Nancy Murphy Spicer’s work is centered in painting and drawing and its relationship to social, architectural, and geographic space. It takes the form of works on paper, paintings, installations, and performance.
Murphy Spicer has exhibited her work at galleries and museums in the US and in Europe. Her work has been reviewed and highlighted in Sculpture Magazine, Art New England, Der Tagesspiegel Berlin, and Art Papers. The Boston Globe has twice named her exhibitions among the top ten shows in Boston.
Murphy Spicer has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of the West of England. She has lectured at many art institutions including the Museum School Boston and Camberwell School of Art London.
She recently completed a mid-career MFA degree with an exhibition of paintings and a written thesis entitled The New Brag: Erasure and Co-Constitution of Self. Paintings from The New Brag series have been selected to be included in New American Paintings MFA Annual Vol 141. Her essay on the work of Cy Twombly is included in the book accompanying the Art Institute of Chicago exhibition entitled Material Meanings: Selections from the Constance R. Caplan Collection.
Murphy Spicer’s work is held in private collections in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan.