Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Nancy Worden received her BA in studio art from Central Washington University in 1977 and an MFA from the University of Georgia in 1980. She has been exhibiting her work in the US and Europe for more than 30 years. Her jewelry can be found in major public collections including the Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, the Los Angeles Museum of Art, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia as well as many private collections. Her work has been published in Ornament, Metalsmith, American Craft, Sculpture, ARTnews and many books.

In 2009, the Tacoma Art Museum organized a mid-career survey of Worden’s work and produced a full-length monograph, Loud Bones: The Jewelry of Nancy Worden. Worden has been an Artist Trust Fellowship recipient (2005) and was named a Distinguished Alumni of the Year at Central Washington University (2004). She lives in Seattle where she produces artwork that comments on human behavior.

Nancy also received a 1992 GAP.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

When I was in my early 30s my strong, smart, feminist mother said to me, “Why don't you get a job at Boeing? You've always been so good in math.” Fortunately I did not take her advice. A career in art is not something you choose, it chooses you. You just have to get up every day, go to the studio and create the very best work that you know how. Nowadays when I go to an event in my hometown of Ellensburg, people ask me, “Are you still making jewelry?” Yes, I am still making jewelry. In spite of the physical challenges of old age I still have ideas that need to be created. This award is validation that I'm still on the right path.

Nancy Worden