Meet the Artist: Nancy McGee

As an artist, printmaker, photography and retired art professor, Nancy is an authority on water-based serigraphy, a type of screen printing. Since 1981, she has shared her techniques with other artists, printmakers and educators. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions, including the National Gallery of American Art at the Smithsonian, the National Academy of Design in New York, Chicago Art Institute, Portland Art Museum and more. She has earned several awards in printmaking, photography and digital art.

Milwaukee Succeeds: When I began this project, I knew I wanted my piece to focus on reading and be interactive for the viewer. The resulting artwork is what I refer to as the reading totem. It speaks to innovation, discovery and evolution, and I hope it encourages creativity and personal discovery, especially among young people. I want them to believe their own interpretations of art are valid – art itself has innumerable meanings.

Where is your favorite place to go for inspiration?
One of my favorite places to go for inspiration is the library. Travel is a great inspiration – taking in other countries and cultures. And being in nature is also very inspirational.

What do you hope people will feel when they see your work?
I hope that they will come away intrigued, curious, stimulated, challenged and inspired.

What makes you laugh?
Clever, witty comments. Funny insights. Dancing to polka music.