Current Artist

Nancy VanKanegan

Glazed Ceramic Masks





My art works address personal and social enigmas and narratives derived from myth, legend and ritual as they weave into contemporary life. A lifelong study of yoga and close attention to my dreams has informed my attempts to ‘yoke’ the sensual and metaphysical world, and the work and play of daily life. . 

I grew up in a small town in a big family with a cornfield in the back yard watching hawks and ants and lightning bolts. An adulthood spent in dense multi-cultural cities taught me that there is magic in what many call mundane. While teaching art and yoga to all ages (preschool to grad school) I watch and listen and dream of flowing energies and the spaces in between. Stories arise from the unexplainable.

Materials shift as the stories form. Living in Chicago has gives me access to the amazing Lake Michigan and northern Illinois wetlands and forests to observe nature and friends and neighbors from around the world who share their colorful journeys, foods, sounds and lives. Working side by side in print shops and clay studios we share our dreams and stories.

Continually seeking the marvelous, my response is to combine and construct, in search of beauty, humor and delight. 

For detailed information about art and yoga teaching please contact me via my contact page at



Nancy’s work can be viewed September 1, 2018 - December 30, 2018.