Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci circa 1487

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Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci circa 1487

Abraham Lincoln Prairie Lawyer, Terra Cotta by James Nance John terra cotta by James Nance Portrait of Jenny, Terra Cotta by James Nance

  Commission Subjects

   Life & Posthumous Portraits

   Historical / Commemorative

   Allegorical  / Inspirational

   Abstract / Representational

   Topographical Relief Maps

Style 

Full Round

Relief

Bust and Figurative

Classical Realism

Contemporary

Scale

Medallion

Life Size

Maquette

Monument

Any Size or Subject

Materials

Bronze

Cast Marble

Terra - Cotta

Aluminum

Acrylic / Steel

Project Management

Design

Research

Presentation

Installation

Collaboration

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Veteran Owned Business VBE,

Registered with US General Services Administration Art in Architecture Program and Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

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BIO

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Photo of James Nance on his retirement flight 30 Dec 2006

 

 

Click to learn more about the monumental bronze Vietnam map

 

James J. Nance is a portrait sculptor who has for 35 years developed his artistic skills and reputation from studios in Minneapolis Minnesota and Loveland Colorado.  His expressive and accurate portrait commissions in terra-cotta and bronze have received enthusiastic acclaim and have been acquired by both public and private collections.  Institutional placements of his Lincoln project, "A Portrait of Transition: Prairie Lawyer and Immortal Conscience", include the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office Illinois State Historic Site, Springfield Illinois;  The Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois; and the Lincoln Museum, Ft. Wayne, Indiana; The University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law. 

Jim was born in Dallas and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where, inspired by his exposure to western artists such as Remington and Russell, he developed an early interest in painting and sculpture.  However, his love for aviation led him first to a career as a pilot.  After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1971, he served a five year tour of duty as an Air Force pilot, including service in Viet Nam.  Later, during the oil pipeline construction, Jim worked as a bush pilot in Alaska and then accepted a job with Hughes Air West Airlines. Several mergers later he ended up with Northwest Airlines where he was  a senior international Captain before retiring early in 2007. The photo on the left is from his retirement flight with Mt St Helens and Mt Rainier in the background. 

While living in Minneapolis with Northwest Airlines, Jim attended classes at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Atelier Lack classical painting and drawing school.  His art education was also complemented  with an exhaustive study of human anatomy. Jim's wife Jeanne claims that his motto is "anything worth doing is worth overdoing," which he has vigorously applied to his study of art. 

Jim has always felt that the human face is the window to the soul, so it isn't surprising that he was naturally drawn to the field of portrait sculpture.  His interests and talents however aren't limited to portraiture; he has continued to develop his skill in figure sculpture and in 1989 won first place in the week long prestigious Johnston International Live Figure Sculpture competition, sponsored annually by the International Sculpture Center of Washington D.C. This achievement  led to a "Artist in Residence" position at the Smithsonian National Gallery and a six month study grant at the Uffizi Museum in Florence Italy. 

In 1994, while still flying for Northwest, Jim and his wife Jeanne, moved to Loveland Colorado, to establish a studio and take advantage of the thriving artistic climate and the proximity to several of America's finest bronze art foundries. Due to the time limitations with his airline job, Jim concentrated his artistic efforts primarily on portraiture in busts, and to date he has completed over 125 busts.

In 2005,  Northwest Airlines filed for bankruptcy; and after two challenging years, Jim accepted an early retirement in 2007. Seizing upon this opportunity to reinvent himself, he began developing a monumental sculpture business in Loveland.  His first big break came in 2009 when the Air Force Academy commissioned him to create a large bronze relief map of Vietnam and Southeast Asia for a newly constructed Southeast Asia memorial pavilion. 

The success of this bronze map sculpture led to two other commissions from the Academy.  In 2014 he completed a large bas relief of an American POW in Vietnam and in 2015 completed a bronze memorial for Captain Lance Sijan, class of 65, who earned the Medal of Honor in Vietnam.  His current project is a bronze figure of B/General Robin Olds., triple ace in WW2 and Vietnam.   

Jim also has sculpted the Academy class crest each year since 2012 as well as over 50 large bronze plaques for the Southeast Asia Pavilion. 

When not sculpting, James and Jeanne enjoy life serving their five dogs, Golden Retrievers Beau, Annie,  English Springer Jasper, Maltese Tiffany, and a Black Pug Miss Molly. Jim and Jeanne are also owned by three horses, Paints: Wilson, Gypsy, and Zoey. Jim figures that he shovels approximately 36,000 pounds of horse manure each year and was recently thrilled to learn that only 4,000 pounds more a year would qualify him for Congress.   

Jim works from a studio in downtown Loveland in the center of the arts district which was previously the studio of his friend Western artist Fritz White, who passed away a few years ago.   His close proximity to several bronze foundries and hundreds of support businesses place him in epicenter of a thriving sculpture culture.   This abundance of community expertise and mutual support makes Jim feel confident that he could tackle any sculptural commission. He welcomes any prospective client to contact him to discuss a project.

 

 


RESUME

Artist Resume: James J. Nance

4617 Lone Tree Drive, Loveland, Colorado 80537

Studio 970-669-5507 

Mobile: 970-685-0840

jim@jamesnancesculpture.com 

http://www.jamesnancesculpture.com/

 

Professional Skills and Services:

  • Sculpture in classic realism, portrait bust, figure, relief, monumental, or medallion

  • Medium in bronze, terra cotta, cast marble, acrylic, cast linen paper, resin, steel

  • Subjects of contemporary, historical, posthumous, abstract, and representational

  • Reference from live sittings and models, photographic, and historical research

  • War Memorials

  • Project management in research, design, presentation, installation, collaboration

 

Education:

 
  • USAF Academy, Colorado Springs, B.S Degree Engineering

1967-1971

  • Minneapolis College of Art & Design

1984-1986

  • Atelier Lack Classical Realism Academy, Minneapolis 

1986-1989
  • University of Minnesota Medical School, Anatomy 2 Semesters

1987-1989

Awards and Competitions:

 
  • Korean War Memorial Design, Washington DC, Finalist   

1989
  • International Sculpture Center, Johnson sculpture competition

                  1st Place in 5 day live model figure sculpture competition  

 

1989

  • Smithsonian National Gallery “Guest Artist in Residence” 

1990-1991
  • Uffizi Gallery, 6 month sculpture study, Florence Italy 

1992
  • Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Award of Merit

                 Abraham Lincoln Dual Portraits, Lincoln Library                      

 

1995

  • Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Medallion

2008
  • 2008 Presidential Inaugural Medal 2nd Place Finalist

2008
  •  Portrait Society of America competition, 3rd place, Krista 

2009
  •  Portrait Society of America competition, 6th place, John Wooden bust

2015
  •  Portrait Society of America competition, 9th place, Sijan Memorial 

2015

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • National Sculpture Society, Associate Member

  • Portrait Society of America

  • Registered VBE Veteran Owned Enterprise

  • Registered with Smithsonian Portrait Gallery

  • Registered with US GSA Art in Architecture Program

 

Installations and Major Commissions:

 
  • Portrait busts sculpted for private client commission, total 125  

1980-2015
  • Lincoln Home, Lincoln Library, Lincoln Museum

1996
  • Lincoln Library, Springfield

1997
  • Lincoln Museum, Fort Wayne

1997
  • Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville Tennessee

1998
  • Sagamon County Courthouse, Springfield Ill 

2010
  • USAFA Southeast Asia Pavilion, Bronze Vietnam Map

2010
  • Museum of Flight Seattle, Vietnam Memorial

2013
  • USAFA Southeast Asia Pavilion, POW Prisoner of War Memorial

2014
  • USAFA Southeast Asia Pavilion, Lance Sijan Medal of Honor Memorial

2015
  • USAFA Southeast Asia Pavilion, 40 Bronze Plaques

2010-2015

Current Project:

Robin Olds Air Warrior Combat Memorial to be located at the USAF Academy

Dedication planned for fall of 2016

 

 

 

 
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James Nance Sculpture Studio

4617 Lone Tree Drive, Loveland, Colorado 80537

970-669-5507  jimnance4617@aol.com  

 

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