Nancy Kubale is a full-time ceramic and mixed media artist living 50 miles southeast of Asheville in the foothills of Rutherford County, NC. She received her BFA in Mixed Media from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In addition she studied clothing construction at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NY, ceramics at Penland School of Crafts and sculpture at Florence Academy of Art. While a student, she worked front of house at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, and later worked several years in New York, Massachusetts and North Carolina as a costumer in theater and dance. She lives with her husband, who manages performing arts centers, and her studio mate JOE, a big black lab.
Her current work explores our shared existence and our individual essence.
In a body of work there is a common thread of expression and exploration that binds it together. My current work contemplates our shared existence and individual essence. It is an inquiry toward “truth” (trying to figure out what and how things really are). I am intrigued by what we think, do, and say, by who we are and how we live and the ideologies we embrace.
The body is the container that consciousness comes in, – and so I make the body. It parallels my pursuit of human meaning. These are contemplative statements, ubiquitous and global thoughts, universal principles. They are questions that are never answered in any final way; Why are we here? How do we live? “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” *Mary Oliver
Here’s what I know so far:
people are important.
Kubale exhibits regularly at high-end Craft Shows throughout the Eastern and Midwestern U.S., including SPECTRUM during Miami Art Week, the Philadelphia Museum Fine Craft Show, American Craft Exposition, CraftNEWYORK, the Washington & West Palm Beach Fine Craft Shows, The Milwaukee Art Museum Lakefront, as well as many American Craft Council shows. She participates in numerous group and solo gallery exhibitions throughout the U.S. and is represented by Blue Spiral 1 in Asheville and Bennett Gallery in Knoxville. She is a 2008 and 2011 North Carolina Regional Artist Grant recipient.