Smith’s travels have enabled her to be a citizen of the world, but I would never reduce her work to ‘global art’…..I think of her work as cosmic. Her meanings relate to a spiritual, mystical cosmos.”

- Roger Winter, artist and curator of the One Plus One Equals Three Exhibition (January 2019)

Nancy Willis Smith is an artist born near Chicago and currently living in New York City.  Her work explores both the harmony and inherent discords between man and nature, reality and perception, technology and myth. 

Smith’s mixed media canvases and her assemblages and dioramas juxtapose surreal images in striking settings with beautiful textures, colors and structural backgrounds. A defining characteristic of her work is the inclusion of curious and extraordinary objects (including fossilized ammonites, monkey ferns, old piano parts and old chandelier orbs) collected on her treks to Nepal, India, Russia and Eastern Europe.  Many pieces, including her Whirling Dervishes series, are inspired by extraordinary events she experienced while living and working throughout the Middle East and North Africa before and during the Arab Spring.  

Selected Exhibitions:


One Plus One Equals Three, Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Dallas, Texas (included selected works by Roger Winter, Romare Bearden, Roy Fridge, Marty Greenbaum, David McManaway, and Robin Ragin)

Annual Show, Art Students League, New York City


First Street Gallery, New York City

OSSAM Gallery, New York City

STartUP Reception and Auction, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York City

Annual Show, Art Students League, New York City


Group Show, Art Students League, New York City


Group Show, Art Students League, New York City


Solo Exhibition, Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar

Solo Exhibition, Bedaya Center, Doha, Qatar

Group Exhibition, Souq Al Jabor, Doha, Qatar


Best of Show, Art Students League 2019 Group Show, New York City

Best of Show, Art Students League 2016 Group Show, New York City


Public collection: Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar

Private collections:

  • Boston, Massachusetts

  • Chicago, Illinois

  • Doha, Qatar

  • Houston, Texas

  • Key West, Florida

  • London, England

  • Los Angeles, California

  • New York, New York

  • Rabat, Morocco

  • Sana’a, Yemen

  • San Francisco, California