Nancy Wynn is an award-winning designer, artist, educator, curator, and author. As an educator for twenty years, Ms. Wynn has taught various courses in Visual Communication Design, Photography, Two-Dimensional Design, Digital Art, and Digital Storytelling. In 2015, she accepted the position of Associate Professor at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts taking on the challenge of redesigning and invigorating the Graphic Design program.
Past accomplishments in teaching include being instrumental in the founding of two undergraduate research design centers in the Hartford area—Civic Design, a student-staffed design center at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, which provided professional design solutions to Hartford-area businesses and non-profits, and the Center for Integrated Design (CID) at the University of Hartford. CID brought together faculty and students in the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, civil engineering, business and visual communication design to solve municipal design issues for a number of local communities.
With over twenty-five years experience in professional design practice, Ms. Wynn has worked for advertising agencies and a Fortune 500 corporation, as well as in her own freelance business. Since 2007, she has been the Creative Director at Palindrome Partners, a creative services firm that provides advertising, marketing, digital imaging and design support to a wide range of clients. She is also involved with a number of national and international professional associations.
As an artist, Ms. Wynn’s work has been exhibited consistently since 1996. She has been shown in NYC, LA, Japan, as well as in galleries throughout New England and Connecticut. In 2015, Ms. Wynn appeared on “Face Connecticut” (a CBS Hartford affiliate) to discuss the exhibition she curated Grace Before Dying at the Clare Gallery. In 2013, she appeared on the “Colin McEnroe Show” on WNPR discussing DADA Art. Her work is also included in the contemporary art collection of the William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut.
Ms. Wynn has written several published articles on design, art and education. In the fall of 2012, her artwork titled Disaster Averted, together with an essay titled “My Stuff, My Memories, My Story” appeared in the publication, Keep/Delete: Turning Messages into Keepsakes. In 2007, Ms. Wynn was nominated and awarded the honor of being appointed a delegate to the Oxford Round Table held at Oxford University in England—Wynn was 1 of 35 delegates selected from around the world—where she presented her paper, “Image-Making in the 21st Century” (published by Oxford University Press in the Forum on Public Policy, Summer 2007 Edition) and joined in a debate on the connections between the arts/humanities and science/technology. Ms. Wynn consistently is asked to be a visiting artist, or is selected to speak at national and international conferences.
Ms. Wynn serves as the Chairman of an fourteen-year-old fine art gallery in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. The Clare Gallery’s mission is to exhibit artwork that emphasizes religious, interfaith, or social justice themes. The Gallery is also committed to educational outreach and regularly features community lectures and panel discussions by visiting artists.
Ms. Wynn received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School and previously received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. She also studied at the prestigious Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.