Back Then and Now - Some Professional 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 from Syracuse University, 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, build, garden, and sail well.
I aim to finish whatever I start. My dogs can vouch for me.
- Member solo exhibits of paintings and illustrations have been at the Society of Illustrators, New York, NY, 2007, 2010;
The National Arts Club, New York, NY, December, 2009-2010.
I'm a long-time member of the Author's Guild and Graphic Artist's Guild, 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).
Moving back East, as a freelancer, I did television commercial storyboards for Young & Rubicam Advertising and Zanders Animation Studio, New York, NY, 1977-78, as a commuter to Manhattan from Staten Island.
I also worked for a brief time for Conde Nast for SI Newhouse at The Staten Island Advance and
In Philadelphia, soon thereafter, I was a contented graphic designer, editor, and illustrator in Temple University's publications office, 1977-82. I received my first CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) recognition for my graphic design, as well as from Women in Communications, Philadelphia chapter for various illustrated publications.
- In the 1980’s, I freelanced regularly for Lafayette and Muhlenberg College's publications offices; working too for Lehigh University and Penn State on several successful projects.
My most recognizable work from this era was for UK importers, Donegal Square, 1984-93. Also a featured muralist for Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA 1985-87.
- In the 1990’s - In an inspired mid-life decision, I completed a Master's in Illustration from
Syracuse University, 1992-94.
Having moved to Manhattan in 1995, I was at The Society of Illustrators as a research librarian from 1993-1996 while doing freelance assignments and having other part-time jobs. My goal, at the time, was to publish my picture books as an illustrator and writer.
It didn't happen as planned.
The set of 10 books, still unpublished and unseen, are in their respective portfolios, finally and recently revised.
- In a return to college publications design and editing, I worked as the Chief Editor/Writer of the alumni publication Prattfolio, 1995-97 at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Won a Gold CASE award for the new magazine in 1996.
Jim Henson Studio, then on East 68th Street, hired me freelance for movie and television show development 1996-97; I also had a stint at The New York Post as a freelance photographer, 2003-2004.
- 2000 Forward - A portfolio of courtroom illustrations 2003-4 was completed at New York State Supreme Court, New York, NY.
Along with the listed (above) solo exhibitions and freelance work as a photographer, I 've maintained an active studio with a variety of projects, including film, in progress in New York and now here in Philadelphia.
It's time to get the work out and about again.
Most recently, I have courtroom illustration assignments at US Federal Court here in Philadelphia. Completing a major revision of my picture book portfolios as well as archiving a significant collection of paintings, it's been a defining time for my art.
Having this website almost up-to-speed again, adding (soon) a refreshed Nancy Burack Photography to Artspan, and putting my new company, Nancy Burack Arts, LLC in the social media mix, this summer has been satisfying.