Lectures &

Nan Morrison

An avid painter and native of Atlanta, Georgia, Nan has lived in the Washington, D.C. area for almost 35 years. She is a board member of the Arlington Artists Alliance and Columbia Pike Artist Studios (CPAS). Her vibrant, colorful paintings have been purchased by numerous private collectors and exhibited at many local venues. Nan has received wide spread recognition for her art - a high point was when Washington Color School artist Sam Gilliam selected one of her paintings for a juried show sponsored by the Arlington Artists Alliance.

In 2012, Nan was invited to participate in a special program sponsored by the Graduate Liberal Studies program at Georgetown University. Entitled “Circuitous Roots”, the reception and gallery walk celebrated six artists from the Graduate School. Also in the fall of 2012, Nan enjoyed a large solo exhibit at the NBC Universal in Washington, D.C.

Nan was selected to participate in the October, 2011, International Artist Exchange and Residency titled Face to Face held at Artisphere in Rosslyn, Va. The 10 day event was sponsored by Arlington County Cultural Affairs and Arlington Sister Cities and included 3 artists from Arlington and 5 from Aachen, Germany. During the event, Nan created a series of large paintings inspired by the warm, rich colors of the houses she had recently seen while on a train ride from Florence to Lucca, Italy. Also, her painting won first place in the 2011 Arlington Artists Alliance show, “Black and White,” juried by Elizabeth Ann Coleman, Textiles and Fashion Curator emeritus, Boston Museum of Fine Art.

Nan is a weekend docent at the National Gallery of Art and conducts a variety of other art tours and lectures in the Washington, D.C. area. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (cum laude, 1999) and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (2002) from Georgetown University. An equestrian for many years, her Master's thesis: The Cultural Values of the Horse and Rider; An Iconological Examination of Equestrian Statuary evolved from her keen interest in the horse in art.