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Nancy Michael, Program Coordinator

“I can do almost anything, but I cannot do everything. So, please choose,” may sum up Nancy’s experiences.

As the daughter of a business owner and entrepreneur, she has done general office work beginning at a young age and was encouraged to do such diverse things as learn to fly airplanes as well as ride and train horses. But it is a love of water that keeps drawing her back and inspiring her forays into ecology (Illinois River Sweep Captain, 2004-2006; Regional and National Chairperson for Ecology for the Secular Franciscan Order, 2006). She has founded and run small tax exempt corporations, and loves to travel.

As an artist, her work has hung in the Art Institute of Chicago (last in 2009 in The Divine Art: Four Centuries of European Tapestries), as well as in the galleries of The Coastal Center for the Arts on St. Simon’s Island, GA (1996) and in the Artful Gatherings Gallery in Lemont (2006). As an art instructor, she has taught at The Coastal Center for the Arts, Heritage Corridor Creative Arts, and as an itinerant fiber artist at local & international weaving guilds. She has taught block printing, drawing, pottery, and physics lab classes. As an artist, she works in metal, paint, and fiber. As a writer, her work is primarily research oriented as witnessed by her chairing the Medieval Textiles Study Group.

Nancy earned a BS in Physics from Loyola University Chicago (1990). She has worked at Columbia College Chicago since 2011.

Nancy Michael

Nancy Michael