Artist Resume: James J. Nance

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, 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 D.C. 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 SBA 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-Present
Lincoln Home, Lincoln Library, Lincoln Museum 1996
Lincoln Library, Springfield 1997
Lincoln Museum, Fort Wayne 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, 70 Bronze Plaques 2010-Present
USAF Academy Class Crest 2012-Present
Monumental bust of Willis Pyle for University of Colorado 2017
Vietnam Bronze Map Fairchild Hall USAF Academy 2018
Museum of Flight Seattle Vietnam Air War Memorial Figure 2019
Robin Olds Figure for Air Warrior Combat Memorial 2020
Monumental large scale bronze F-4 Phantom jet fighter 2021
Design consultant and figure sculptor for Desert Storm Memorial 2018-Present
Large scale bronze AC-130H gunship memorial for Spirit 03 2023