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Nancy Mladenoff's studio practice over the past several years centers on a personal history of women in such areas as music, war, science, dance, sports, and nature. This body of work centers on a chronology of the performances of various Girl Bands. She is creating an archive of important current and historical female musicians. These are not just static portraits of the musicians; they are paintings based on actual performances for the most part. This project explores the collective visual culture of women by examining how we see, think, and imagine ourselves. Notions of the anti-heroic in much of contemporary painting have very little relevance for women because they have a limited history of the heroic in our past. Through this body of work and other current projects, Mladenoff seeks to learn about the lives of women who were driven to make significant accomplishments despite a non-supportive culture. The paintings and works on paper are not merely documentary representations, but a creative re-imagining of past history and present activity in order to reshape it.

Nancy Mladenoff's art practice has been concerned with ideas of gender, nature, science, and the environment going back to her graduate studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1985-87. Since 2005 she has had solo exhibitions at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park in NYC; Lademeon Kunstner Verksteder in Trondheim, Norway; Cultural Exchange Station in Tabor, Tabor, Czech Republic; International Center for Forest Art in Darmstadt, Germany; Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago; Wendy Cooper Gallery in Chicago; among others. Her work was commissioned for the inaugural opening exhibition at MMOCA with artists, Alec Soth, Siah Armajani, and Lee Mingwei. Her paintings are in the collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chazen Museum, as well as corporate and private collections in the US, England, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, and Germany. She currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin where she is a Professor of Painting & Drawing at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison.