Artist Resume: James J. Nance

4617 Lone Tree Drive, Loveland, CO 80537

Mobile Phone: 970-685-0840

Studio Phone: 970-669-5507



Professional Skills and Services:

  • War Memorials, Military, Aviation, Institutional and private
  • Sculpture in classic realism, portrait bust, figure, relief, monumental, or medallion
  • Medium in lost wax cast bronze
  • Reference from live sittings and models, photographic, and historical research
  • Project management in research, design, presentation, installation, collaboration


USAF Academy, Colorado Springs, CO – B.S Engineering 1967-1971
Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Minneapolis, MN 1984-1986
Atelier Lack Classical Realism Academy, Minneapolis, MN 1986-1989
University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN 1987-1989

Awards and Competitions:

Korean War Memorial Design, Washington D.C. Finalist 1989
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Award of Merit
Abraham Lincoln Dual Portraits, Lincoln Library
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 SBA VBE Veteran Owned Enterprise
  • Registered with Smithsonian Portrait Gallery
  • Registered with US GSA Art in Architecture Program
  • AMVET – American Veteran (life membership)
  • VVA – Vietnam Veterans of America
  • AL – American Legion
  • VFW – Veterans  of Foreign Wars

Installations and Major Commissions:

Portrait busts sculpted for private client commission, total 125 1980-2018
Lincoln Home, Lincoln Library, Lincoln Museum 1996
Lincoln Library, Springfield, Il 1997
Lincoln Museum, Fort Wayne, IN 1997
Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, TN 1998
Sagamon County Courthouse, Springfield, Il 2010
USAFA Southeast Asia Pavilion, Bronze Vietnam Map 2010
Museum of Flight Seattle, Vietnam Memorial 2013
USAFA Southeast Asia Pavilion, Prisoner of War Memorial 2014
USAFA Southeast Asia Pavilion, Lance Sijan Medal of Honor Memorial 2015
USAFA Southeast Asia Pavilion, 40 Bronze Plaques 2010-2018

Current Projects:

  • “Returning Airman” for Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington for Vietnam Air War Memorial. Dedication planned for spring of 2019
  • Robin Olds Air Warrior Combat Memorial to be located at the USAF Academy.  Dedication planned for fall of 2019.