Nancy J.Burack*  


Back Then and Now - Some Notes
          
Owning a whole creative life in distinct chapters - I am a native New Yorker, went to NYC public schools, have a Master's in Illustration, and Philadelphia is my home.  
      
Happy in my own company, I haven't changed much this way since childhood.

Always working with my hands
- they draw, paint, write, design, cook, sew, engineer, build, garden, and sail well.


I aim to finish whatever I start.

- Member solo exhibits of paintings and illustrations have been at the Society of Illustrators, New York, NY, 2007 and 2010; and The National Arts Club, New York, NY, December, 2009-2010. 
I'm a long-time member of the Author's and Graphic Artist's Guilds, too. 

- In the 1970’s
starting out professionally, I began as a newspaper designer at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN at the School of Journalism 1975-77 for The Indiana Daily Student (ids). 

- As a freelancer, I did television commercial storyboards for Young & Rubicam Advertising  and Zanders Animation Studio, New York, NY,  1977-78,  commuting from Staten Island.  I also worked for a brief time for Conde Nast for
SI Newhouse at The Staten Island Advance and Vogue Magazine.   

- Moving back East, I was a successful graphic designer, editor, and illustrator at Temple University's publications office in Philadelphia, 1977-82.


- In the 1980’s, living in Bucks County,
I freelanced for Lafayette and Muhlenberg 
College's  publications; working as well for Lehigh University and Penn State on several successful projects.  

- My most publicly recognizable work from this era was for UK importers, Donegal Square 
and as a featured muralist for Musikfest  in Bethlehem, PA 1985-87. 

- In an inspired mid-life decision, I finished a Master's in Illustration from Syracuse University 1992-94. 

- Commuting from PA then moving to Manhattan in 1995,  I worked at The Society of Illustrators as a research librarian from 1993-1996.  With determined pavement-pounding to introduce my illustrated and written books to editors 1995-96,
it was a very dispiriting, impersonal experience. 

- The set of 8 books, unpublished, are still in their respective portfolios, all recently revised. 
It  just wasn't time then, but it is now.


- Yes, I gave up looking for art and book representation then and onwards for all the reasons, but I kept drawing and
 painting.

- Regularly attending life-drawing classes throughout Manhattan, this skill is a really strong suit of mine.   

- Returning to college publications expertise to make a living, I worked as the Chief Editor/Writer of the alumni publication Prattfolio,  1995-97 at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Won a Gold CASE award for it in 1996.

- I did freelance storyboards for Jim Henson Studios for movie and television show development 1996-98;
and The New York Post as a freelance photographer, 2003-2004.

- Did a first-rate portfolio of courtroom illustrations 2003-4 at New York State Supreme Court, New York, NY. 
Have since done some work, by invitation, at Federal Court here in Philadelphia.  



- April, 2019