Nancy Nowak

Nancy Nowak, PSA, IAPS-EP, AIS

For me, it’s all about creating. It’s being attuned to the inspiration that nature provides, and intuitively, patiently, and creatively, letting go and seeing where that leads. Color and light are what inspires me. It is an ongoing endeavor to capture it artistically yet technically and to bring out the spirit of my subjects using the glorious medium of pastels.



Nancy Feinman Nowak earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Cleveland Institute of Art in 1981, where her main interests were Enameling and Oil painting. After owning both a calligraphy and printing business, she rededicated herself to her art. Striving to evoke an emotional response and awareness to the everyday beauty that surrounds us, Nancy paints in the representational style with an impressionist flair. Nancy offers workshops and classes in pastel and oil, focusing on landscapes.

Nowak has won numerous local, national and international awards for her landscape paintings and has exhibited throughout the United States as well as France and Italy. Nancy’s paintings have been featured in Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Pratique de Arts and multiple times in Pastel Journal Magazine. Her award highlights are Pastel Journal Magazines’s Top 100 where her painting stood out in a field of approximately 2,500 entries to earn the Ruth Richeson Pastel Gold Award (Third Place) in March/April 2018, as well as first place in the landscape category (Pastel Journal March/April 2016).

Nancy achieved Eminent Pastelist status with the International Association of Pastel Societies. She is a Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America, American Women Artists, a Signature Member of The American Impressionist Society, and a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society as well as being on The Board of Directors of the International Association of Pastel Societies. Originally from New Jersey, Nancy now resides in the Naples, FL area with her husband Don and dog Beaux. When not painting or working, you can often find her at the golf course, tennis courts, or curled up reading a good book.



2021 The 16th International Exhibition of Giverny organized by Art du Pastel in France- PSA Award
2021 IAPS 7th Juried Master Circle Exhibition- Gold Award
2021 IAPS 38th Juried Exhibition- Chicago
2021 American Impressionist Society Small Works Juried Exhibition
2021 America The Beautiful – online exhibit-Boulder, CO

2020 IAPS Eminent Pastelist Honor status

2020 IAPS 37th Juried Exhibition – Bronze Award
2020 Pastel Journal Magazine – Skill Builder article -May June issue
2020 Art Du Pastel International Exhibition- Normandy, France
2020 Artist’s Magazine- 37th Annual Competition Honorable Mention-Special    Best of the Best issue
2020 Pratique Des Art Magazine – 3 page spread
2020 Pastel Society of America – Enduring Brilliance Juried Exhibition

2020 American Impressionist Society 21st Juried Exhibition
2020 American Impressionist Society Juried Online Exhibition
2020 Southeastern Pastel Society International Juried Exhibition- Exceptional Merit Award
2020 The Great Paint In -Online Exhibit
2020 American Women Artist – Spring Online Juried Exhibition
2020 IAPS 30th Juried Exhibition – Duneden, FL
2020 American Women Artist – Making Their Mark Juried Exhibition
2020 Pastel Journal Magazine’s Top 100 Competition – Honorable Mention

2019 American Impressionist Society – 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition- Honorable Mention
2019 Pastel Society of America – Enduring Brilliance Exhibition
2019 Plein Air Magazine- March issue  Making an Impression 6 pg. spread
2019 IAPS 5th Juried Master Circle Exhibition
2019 AIS Impressions Small Works Show, National Juried Exhibition

2018 Southwest Art Magazine- December issue  “Artist to Watch”
2018 IAPS 29th Juried Exhibition
2018 American Impressionist Society -19th Annual National Juried Exhibition-     Excellence in Pastel Award
2018 Pastel Society of America – Enduring Brilliance Exhibition
2018 Pastel Journal Top 100 Ruth Richeson Gold Award -3rd Place overall
2018 Pastel En Perigord Exhibition, France – Awarded: Prix Pour la Technique
2018 Pastel Society of America Enduring Brilliance International Exhibition
2018 Southeastern Pastel Society International Exhibition – Honorable Mention

2017 International Pastel Exhibition in Rome, Italy
2017 1st Place- Stone Mountain Plein Air Paint Out
2017 2nd Place – Duluth Plein Air
2017 American Impressionist Society -18th Annual National Juried Competiton

2017  4th IAPS Master Circle Juried Exhibition
2017 Pastel Journal Top 100 – landscape
2017 American Impressionist Society Juried Small Works Exhibition
2017 Southeastern Pastel Society International Exhibition- 3rd Place

2016 Southeastern Pastel Society International Exhibition- 3rd Place
2016 American Impressionist Society Juried Exhibition
2016 Pastel Journal Top 100 – 1st Place – landscape
2016 UArt 2016 Online Juried Show -Terry Ludwig Award
2016 Pastel En Perigord Exhibition, France
2016 IAPS 28th Juried Exhibition
2015 IAPS 25th Juried Web Show
2015 National League of Pen Women Exhibition- 1st place (pastel category)
2015 American Impressionist Society Juried Exhibition
2015 Pastel Journal Top 100 – Honorable Mention
2015 Southeastern Pastel Society Member Show – Exceptional Merit Award 
2015 Women Painters of the Southeast Annual Exhibition 
2015 article in Pastel Journal Magazine-Finding Your Voice– Feb.’15 issue
2014 Pastel Journal Top 100 – Honorable Mention
2014 John’s Creek Art Center “Summer Serendipity”-Best in Show
2014 IAPS 24th Juried Web Show
2014 Southeastern Pastel Society International Juried Show -3rd Place
2014 Women Painters of the Southeast Annual Exhibition- 3rd Place (Fine Art Connoisseur  Magazine Award)
2014 Pastel Society of America Annual Exhibition “Enduring Brilliance
2013 IAPS 23rd Juried Web Show
2013 Gwinnett Parks Plein Air – 1st Place
2013 IAPS 22nd Juried Exhibition –  Honorable Mention
2013 Kudzu Open Juried Exhibit-  2nd Place
2013 CFMC Artist Festival – Honorable Mention
2013 Pastel Society of America Annual Exhibition “Enduring Brilliance
2013 Southeastern Pastel Society Member Juried Show – Exceptional Merit
2012 IAPS 22nd Juried Exhibition Web Show – 2nd Place

2012 Appalachian Pastel Society International Juried Show
2012 Gwinnett Plein Air Challenge Finalist – Top 10
2012 Arts on the Creek Juried Show 3rd place
2012 Southeastern Pastel Society International Juried Show Merit Award
2011 Southeastern Pastel Society Member Juried Show
2011 Arts on the Creek Juried Show
2010 Arts on the Creek Juried Show Best In Show
2009 Small Works Juried Show 2nd place

Signature Member of Pastel Society of America
IAPS Eminent Pastelist
Member of  American Impressionist Society
Member of  Excellence -The Southeastern Pastel Society