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Nancy Wissemann-Widrig
Nancy Wissemann-Widrig

Nancy Wissemann-Widrig is listed in Who’s Who as an important American painter. She is included in many publications, and her work has been acquired for more than 30 public and private collections, such as the Canton Art Institute, in Canton, Ohio, The University of Kansas Museum of Art, the University of Tulsa, OK, Portland Museum,  and the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME. Besides being represented by the Caldbeck, she has exhibited at Long Island Museum of Art, Stony Brook, N.Y., Tibor de Nagy Gallery, N.Y.,  and across the U.S.

Wisseman-Widrig integrates elements of modernist and traditional painting, and is sometimes called a realist. Her landscapes show the play of light on her subjects, be it the human figure, plants and nature, and in her new body of work, ocean waters. Her explorations focus on those phenomena that have emotional impact for her. Critic Gerritt Henry describes her as paying “homage to the elusive yet tangible beauties of nature run properly amok”.

BORN: Jamestown, New York, 1929

EDUCATION: Syracuse University, School of Fine Arts, 1951
Ohio University, College of Fine Arts, MFA, 1952


2016 Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine 
2013 Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine On Reflection
2010 Gallery West, Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood, NY
2010 Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine
2008 Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine
2007 Gold/Smith GalleryBoothbay Harbor, Maine. Little Gems
2006 Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine. The Sea Garden
2004 Whitney Artworks, Portland, Maine. Water Paintings
2003 Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine. Water Paintings
2002 Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine
The New O’Farrell Gallery, Brunswick, Maine. The Dark Paintings
1999 Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine. Small Works
1996 Gleason Fine Arts, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
1994 Le Va Tout Gallery, Waldoboro, Maine
1993 Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine
1992 Tatistcheff Gallery, New York City, New York
1987 Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine
Tatistcheff Gallery, New York City, New York
1984 Hobe Sound Gallery North, Portland, Maine
1983 Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
Ann Weber Gallery, Georgetown, Maine
1981 Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
North Shore Unitarian Society, Plandome, New York
1980 Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
Burnside Gallery, New York
1979 Town Gallery, Greenport, New York
1977 Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
1974 Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
Southampton Center of Long Island University, Southampton, New York
1972 Swearingen-Byck Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky
1967 Southold Gallery, Southold, New York
1965 Southold Gallery, Southold, New York
1958 Old Towns Arts and Crafts Guild, Cutchogue, New York
1951 Chautauqua Art Center, Chautauqua, New York


2010 Going, Going, Gone, Midtown Payson Galleries, Hope Sound, FL
2009 Wissemann Family Reunion, The Drawing Room, St. George, ME
2009 Just Look at Yourself, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
2009 Invitational, American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY
2009 Fall Art Exhibit, Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Concord, NH
2009 Leslie’s Garden, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME
2008 Madeline, an Artist’s Model, South Street Gallery, Greenport, NY
2008 Art Makes a Difference, CMCA, Rockport, ME
2007 Holiday Group Show at Gallery North, Setauket, NY
2007 Tiny, Whitney Artworks, Portland, ME
2007 Contours, Elan Fine Arts, Rockport, Maine
2006 Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset. Print Project
Art Makes a Difference, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine
2005 The Little Continent of Long island, Long Island Museum of Art, History & Carriages, Stony Brook, New York
Water, Center for Main Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine
Girlfriends, Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
2004 Portland, Greenhut Galley, Portland, Maine
Artists’ Books, Floyd Memorial Library, Greenport, New York
Art Makes a Difference, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine
2002 Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition, Center for Main Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine
2001 Christmas Group, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine
Maine Mountains, The New O’Farrell Gallery, Brunswick, Maine
G. Watson Gallery, Stonington, Maine
2000 Animals in Art, L. C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, Maine
Fantasy Island, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine
G. Watson Gallery, Stonington, Maine
1999 Looking at Katahdin, L. C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, Maine
1998 Summer, Tatistcheff and Company, New York, New York
The Centennial Exhibition, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York
After Dark, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine
10th Year Exhibition, Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, Maine
1997 Salon des Artes: The Arts in Southold Town
1996 A Garden of Earthly Delights, The Hecksoher Museum, Huntington, New York
1995 Flowers, Lizan-Tops Associates, East Hampton, New York 1994 Long Island Landscape: A New Era, Lizan-Tops Associates, East Hampton, New York
Blueberry Cove, Sherry French Gallery Invitational
1993 Frick Gallery, Belfast, Maine
1992 New Works by 25 Figurative Artists, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Mary’s City, Maryland
On the Edge-Forty years of Maine Painting, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine
Water Show, ABC TV, Capital Cities Boardroom New York City
Rocking Chairs in Art, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York City
1991 Women Artists: The Maine Influence, University of Maine, Machias, Maine
Water, ABC/Capital Cities Art Advisory Service, Museum of Modern Art, New York City
1990 Summer Group Show, Tatistcheff & Co., New York City
Long Island Landscape Painting 1920-Present, The Museums at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York
Voyages of the Modern Imagination, The Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine
Summer Group Show, Hobe Sound North, Brunswick, Maine
1989 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Tatischeff & Co., New York City
Summer Group Show, Hobe Sound North, Brunswick, Maine
1988 Forty Four Women Artists, One Penn Plaza, New York City
1987 In the Country, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York
1986 Art Fellows, Belfast, Maine
1985 Contemporary Images, Flowers by 7 Realist Painters, 20 Broad Street, New York
1985 Contemporary American Still Life, 1 Penn Plaza, New York
Waterworks, Hecksher Museum, Huntington, New York
Portraits, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine
1984 Landscape, Watson/de Nagy, Houston, Texas
PS Galleries, Ogunquit, Maine and Dallas, Texas
1983 Six Artists From Maine, Farnsworth Museum, Maine
1982 Contemporary Realism, Still Life, The Gallery at Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
1981 Hobe Sound Galleries, Hobe Sound, Florida
The Subject is Wine, Elaine Benson Gallery, New York
1979 Thirty Artists in a Flower Show, Bridgehampton, New York
On the Edge of the Sea, Cape Split, Addison, Maine
1978 The Landscape: Different Points of View, Wave Hill, New York
Painterly Realism, Watson/de Nagy, Houston, Texas and Tour
1977 American Painterly Realists, Clark-Benson, New Mexico
1976 Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine
Close to Home: Still Lives by Women, Genesis Gallery Ltd.
American Art at Mid-Century, Essex County, New Jersey
The Artist’s Eye: North Fork, Channel Gallery, Greenport, New York
Payson Gallery, Hobe Sound, Florida
Heedley Museum, Lexington, Kentucky
Ouvrez La Fenetre, Ft. Wayne Museum, Indiana
1975 Contemporary Landscape Painting, Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1974 Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine
New Talent, Tibor de Nagy, New York


American Telephone & Telegraph Co.
Amerada Hess Corporation
Bank of Boston
Beatrice Foods, Chicago
Canton Art Institute, Canton, Ohio
Celanese Corporation
Citibank, N.A.
Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
Cooke & Bailer, Philadelphia
DeLoitte and Touche
First Illinois bank of Evanston
Heublein, Inc., Connecticut
Hughes Tool
ICI Americas
L. Carey Ellis & Associates, Houston
Leggat, McCall & Werner, Boston
Lloyd’s Bank, California
Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co.
MONY Corp. of New York
National Shawmut Bank, Boston
North Star Insurance Company
Otis Elevator Company
Owens-Corning Fiberglass, Ohio
Port Authority of New York
Prudential Insurance Company
Simpson Thatcher and Bartlett, New York
Triangle Industries, New York
Texas Commerce Bancshares
The Farnsworth Museum of Art, Rockland, Maine
University of Kansas Museum of Art
University of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Western Electric Company

Current Honors

Who’s Who in the East
Who’s Who of American Women
Who’s Who in American Art
American Artists of Renown
1997 Purchase Award, Litchfield School, “Percent for Art”, Litchfield, Maine
1969 Purchase Award, Childe Hassam Fund, American Academy of Arts & Letters, Purchased for the Kansas Museum of Fine Arts
1964 Outstanding Realist, Western New York Artists, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York


2012 “Maine Home, Boats and Harbors” Article by Carl Little.

2008 “The Canvas”, Suzette McAvoy, Maine Home + Design, August
2004 “Painting the Sea, Maine’s Moving Target”. Stephen May, Portland Magazine, September
2001 Visit to the Peaks, Three Artists Currently Residing There, Review: Philip Isaacson, Maine Sunday Telegram, March 4(illus.)
A Moveable Feast, Review: Liz Wood, The Suffolk Times, April 26 (illus.)
Internet: John Chandler on the Arts, John Chandler, March 2001
Review: Carl Little, Art New England, June/July
1999 Caldbeck Offers Oils and Frescoes, The Courier-Gazette, June 24 (illus.)
1997 Love Among the Landscapes, Suffolk Times, Riverhead News Review, Mattituck, NewYork, (interview) Philip Cardinale (illus.)
1996 Working Outdoors, Maine Sunday Telegram, August 25, Amy Sutherland (interview), Portland, Maine (illus.)
1996 Review: Maine Sunday Telegram, Audience, Philip Isaacson, Portland, Maine
Garden of Earthly Delights, Review: Newsday, June 3
1995 The 3,000 Mile Garden, Roger Philips & Leslie Land, Pan Books, pp. 80-81(illus.)
1993 Review: Maine Sunday Telegram, August 22 (illus.)
1992 The Rocker, An American Design Tradition, by Bernice Steinbaum, Rizzoli, pp. 154-155 (illus.)
On the Edge, Forty Years of Maine Painting, 1952-1992, by Ted. Wolfe, Maine Coast Artists, p. 52 (illus.)
1992 Review: Gerrit Henry, Art in America, September, pp. 128-129 (illus.)
Review: Ken Greenleaf, Portland Maine Sunday Telegram, September 20, Wissemann-Widrig Show Spells Relief for Art Lovers
1991 Paintings of Maine, by Carl Little and Arnold Skolnick, Potter Press, p. 89 (illus.)
1990 Long Island Landscape Painting 1920-Present, by Ron Pisano, Little, Brown, & Co., pp. 132 (illus.)
1985 American Artist, illustrated survey published by Les Krantz, Little, Brown, & Co., pp. 132-134 (illus.)
Maine Art Now, by Edgar A. Beem, The Dog Ear Press, p. 251 (illus.)
1984 Review: Edgar A. Beem, Maine Times, July, 1984
1983 Review: Edgar A. Beem, Maine Times, January 10 (illus.)Review: Maine Times, July, 1983
1981 Artfellows Exhibit Shows Best of Area, Rebecca Weiner, The Republican Journal, August 13, 1981, pp. 1-2B
The Lively Arts, The Suffolk Times, October 15, 1981
The Local Artist to Exhibit, Long Island Traveler-Watchman, October 14 (illus.)
Review: Jeanne Paris, Newsday, October 30 (illus.)
Review: East End Art News, November 1981 (illus.)
1980 The Many Purposes of Figurative Art, ArtSpeak, January 31, vol. 1, no. 5, p. 5
Review: John Yau, Art in America, September 1980, pp. 126-127 (illus.)
Floral Paintings, Helen Harris, Town and Country, June 1980, vol. 134, no. 5002, pp. 146-147 (illus.)
Looks at Landscapes, Jeanne Paris, Long Island Newsday, October 31 (illus.)
Who’s Who in American Art 1980, edited by Jaques Cattell Press, R. R. Bowker Company, New York, 1980, pp. 809-910
1979 What is a Flower? Thirty Artists Answer, Southampton Press, Summer 1979
1978 Portraits and Imagination, Helen A. Harrison, The New York Times, Long Island Section, November 26, p. 15
1977 Review: Norman Turner, Arts, December 1977, p. 23 (illus.)
1976 Window Exhibit at Museum, Laura Pipino, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, October 14, 1976
Close to Home (catalog), Genesis Galleries, Ltd., New York, 1976
1974 Artist Opens Exhibit Here, The Southampton Press
Our Artists and Writers, Robert Winternitz, The Suffolk Times (illus.)
1972 Realism Romanticized, Sarah Lansdell, The Courier-Journal and Times, October 15, 1972, pp. 15-16H (illus.)
1971 Two Artists Not Too Much for This Family, Long Island Traveler-Mattituck Watchman, June 10, 1971, p. 2 (illus.)

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