I grew up gardening on my grandparents’ farms and hiking in the woods in rural northwest Ohio. After spending a decade in the Pacific Northwest, I moved to Texas and the high desert. For the past twenty years I’ve spent most of my time in this dramatic landscape. My work reflects an expansive, visceral connection to these surroundings and to other wild places I explore.

 

Education

Master of Fine Arts, Painting, University of Houston School of Art, Houston, TX

Bachelor of Arts, Art Major and Communication Minor, Goshen College, Goshen, IN 

 

Solo Exhibitions 

2015 Wanderlust, Abner Hershberger Art Gallery, Goshen College, Goshen, IN

2014 Field Notes, Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, TX, curated by Dr. Natalie Roncone

2012 Wilderness, Marfa Book Company, Marfa, TX

2010 The Ghost Flower and Other Tales of Enchantment, Do Right Hall, Marfa, TX 

2008 Once Removed, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

Thicket, Project Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX 

2005 The Last Waltz, Marfa Book Company, Marfa, TX 

2004 Waiting for my Eyes to Adjust, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR 

2003 Paintings from Far West Texas, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR 

2002 Evidence, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR 

2001 Remnants of Old Glory, Gavin Shettler Gallery, Portland, OR 

2000 Beautiful Girlhood, Thieves Guild, Portland, OR 

 

Selected Two-Person and Group Exhibitions

2020 Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, TX (postponed) *two-person exhibition

2018 Desert Muse, Marfa Studio of Art, Marfa, TX

2017 Marfa Intrigue, Octavia Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2016 Project Marfa, Octavia Gallery, Houston, TX 

2012 Southern Pacific, Gallery Homeland, Portland, OR, curated by Paul Middendorf

2011 Southern Pacific, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX, curated by Paul Middendorf 

Artists-in-Residence Exhibition, Caldera, Sisters, OR

2010 New Art/Arte Nuevo Biennial Juried Exhibition, UTSA Art Gallery, San Antonio, TX (Juried by Malaquias Montoya, artist and professor emeritus, UC Davis & Valerie Cassel Oliver, curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston)

2009 I Coulda Been a Collecta, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR

2008 MFA Exhibition, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston School of Art, Houston, TX

2007 Be (Blue) Sky, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR

2006 AFFAIR, Mark Woolley Gallery at Jupiter Hotel, Portland, OR 

Dealer’s Choice, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR

2004 Distribution, New American Art Union, Portland, OR 

2004 Artists in Embassies Exhibition, U.S. Embassy, Vientiane, Laos

2003 Northwest Abstraction, Portland Art Center’s Modern Zoo, Portland, OR 

Alias, Litman Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR 

Selected Two-Person and Group Exhibitions, Cont’d

2002 Emergence, Portland State University LItman Gallery, Portland, OR (curated by Jim Archer) It’s the Work, Gavin Shettler Gallery, Portland, OR *two-person exhibition

2001 Fall Juried Exhibition, Portland Museum of Art Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR 

Anniversary Exhibition, Gavin Shettler Gallery, Portland, OR

2000 New Artists Exhibition, Portland Museum of Art Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR 

Exit, Sockeye Studios, Portland, OR

 

Sample of Teaching and Related Experience

2009 – present Liaison for Community Programs, Marfa Independent School District, Marfa, TX 

2016 – present Founding Director, Read Big Bend, Marfa, TX 

2019 “How Can Non-Profits Help” panel, Texas Education Region 14 ESC Convening, Amarillo, TX 

2017 – 2019 Board of Directors, Rio Grande Council of Governments, El Paso, TX 

2018 “The View from Rural Communities” panel, Texas Tribune Rural Symposium, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 

2017 “Saying Yes,” Art 21 Magazine, January/February 2017 

2008 – 2016 Director of Education and Outreach, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas 

2015 American Alliance of Museums Standing Committee on Education, member 

2008 Teaching Artist, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX 

2007 – 2008 Instructor, Painting & Drawing, University of Houston School of Art, Houston, TX 

2006 – 2008 Instructional Assistant, Art History, University of Houston School of Art, Houston, TX 

2002 – 2007 Advisory Board Member, Portland Art Center, Portland, OR 

 

Residencies and Awards

Caldera Community Residency, Sisters, OR

Caldera Artist Residency, Sisters, OR

Presidential Graduate Fellowship, University of Houston School of Art

Joan Wich Graduate Fellowship, University of Houston School of Art

Artists in Embassies Selection, U.S. Department of State

 

Selected Bibliography

Courtney Jordan & Samantha Sanders, interview, Artists Network, April 2018 

Eileen Kinsella, “Marfa, Texas Just Elected an Artist as Mayor,” Artnet, May 2017

Giselle Childs, The Ampersand, “Artist Profile: Ann Marie Nafziger”, 2015 Artdesk, “Artists’ Favorite Tools”, Fall/Winter 2014 K. Yoland, interview, Marfa Public Radio, August 2014 Vincent Dileo, “The Real Artists of Marfa,” New York Times, January 2012 

Tom Michaels, interview, Marfa Public Radio, August 2012New Art/Arte Nuevo, exhibition catalog, University of Texas at San Antonio, June 2010 Julia Ramey, “Human/Nature,” Houston Press, 2008 David Tompkins, “Ann Marie Nafziger’s Ghost Flower at The Do Right Hall,” October 2008 New American Paintings, Volume 78, curated by Andrea Karnes, 2008 Chaz Bowie, “Ann Marie Nafziger at Mark Woolley,” The Portland Mercury, 2004 Robert Halpern, “Nafziger’s New Paintings,” The Big Bend Sentinel, June 2003D.K. Row, “Critic’s Picks,” The Oregonian, February 2003Richard Speer, “First (Thursday) Impressions,” Willamette Week, February 2003 Harvest Henderson, “Nafziger Offers Mesmerizing Evidence,” The Oregonian, February 2003D.K. Row, “Eight Artists Emerging,” The Oregonian, May 2002