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, 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 work, as well as from Women in Communications, Philadelphia chapter.
- In the 1980’s, I freelanced regularly for Lafayette and Muhlenberg College's publications; 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 finished 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The set of 10 books, still unpublished and unseen, are in their respective portfolios, recently revised.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 exhibitions and freelance work as a photographer, I was painting regularly.
Recently, I am doing courtroom illustration at US Federal Court here in Philadelphia. Putting my new company, Nancy Burack Arts, LLC , in the public eye is my Summer, 2019 priority.