Born: 1948, New York City

E d u c a t i o n

1973-1976       University of California, Los Angeles, M.F.A. conferred June 1976

1971-1973       California Institute of the Arts, B.F.A. conferred June 1973

1966-1971       California State University, Fresno, major study: English Literature, Costume & Make-up for the Theater and Art


S e l e c t e d   O n e   P e r s o n   E x h i b i t i o n s

2019 The Texture of Time and Memory, Clovis Community College Art Gallery, California

2018               Nancy Youdelman: Fashioning a Feminist Vision 1972-2017, California State University, Northridge, Art Galleries

2017                Nancy Youdelman: Fashioning a Feminist Vision 1972-2017, Fresno Art Museum, catalogue, California

2014-2015       Nancy Youdelman: Embellished, Tai Modern, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2014                From There to Here: Nancy Youdelman, Four Decades as a Feminist Artist, Pennsylvania State University

2013                Dogs Are Forever, Eight Modern, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2012                The Dearest Allen Series, Letters to Allen and Who Was Betty Potter?, Gallery 25, Fresno, California

2011                Outside the Realm, Eight Modern, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2008                Threads of Memory, Eight Modern, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2006                Recent Work, Gallery 25, Fresno, California

2006                Clothing, Metaphor & Memory, Mohr Art Gallery, Community School of Music & Art, Mountain View, California

2004                Recent Work, Chris Sorenson Studio, Fresno, California

2003                Leaves 2003, installation, Conley Art Gallery, CSU Fresno, California

2002                Recent Work, University of California Center, Fresno, California

2000                Disembodied Garments, curated by Jaquelin Pilar, Fresno Art Museum, California

1998                Clothing Transformations, Fresno Pacific University, California

1995                Nancy Youdelman, Assemblage, Fresno Air Terminal, California

1994                22 Years in the Studio, Artist-in-Residence, Fresno Art Museum, California

1990                Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1987                Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1983                Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1981                Queen of Glass, Downtown Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1981                Sleeping Beauty, Loyola Marymount University, Westchester, California

1980                Shattered Glass, Dunaway O’Neil Gallery, Santa Monica, California

1975                Self Portraits, Vanguard Gallery, Fullerton, California

1974                Tableaux-Remnants, Grandview Gallery, Los Angeles, California


S e l e c t e d   G r o u p   E x h i b i t i o n s

2019 The Female Gaze, Heather James Fine Art, New York, New York

2019 Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California

2019 The Secret Lives of Dresses, Nancy Youdelman & Suzanne Lacke, The Fourth Wall, Oakland, California

2019 GARB, Art Center School of Design, Pasadena, California

2018                Bending Toward the Light, curated by Elena Harvey Collins, Art Space Gallery, Fresno City College, California

2018                Beside Myself, curated by Dan Herschlein, JTT, New York, New York

2017                The Art of the Cooks of Peace Press, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, California

2016-17           F*ck U in the Most Loving Way, Northern California WCA,  Arc Gallery, San Francisco, California

2016                Why Not Judy Chicago?, curated by Xabier Arakistain, CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France

2015                Why Not Judy Chicago?, curated by Xabier Arakistain, Bilbao, Spain

2015                Casting Shadows: Work in Dimension and Relief, Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts

2015                Cut of the Same Cloth, Nancy Youdelman and Arshag Amirkhanian, Jewel FM Art Gallery, Fresno, California

2015                XX Redux, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, California

2014                A ‘Womanhouse’ or a Roaming House?, A.I.R. Gallery, Curated by Mira Schor, Brooklyn, New York

2014                Metamorphosis: Clothing and Identity, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, California

2014                Good Dog! Art of Man’s Best Friend, Turtle Bay Museum, Exploration Park, catalogue, Redding, California

2014                Equilibrium, Women’s Caucus for Art National Exhibition, catalogue, Chicago, Illinois

2013                Generations, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, catalogue, Tallahassee

2013                Bound, Phoenix Gallery, Women’s Caucus for Art National Exhibition, catalogue, New York, New York

2012                Honoring Women’s Rights: Echoing Visual Voices Together, Steinbeck Center, Salinas, California

2012                Momentum, 825 Gallery, Women’s Caucus for Art National Exhibition, catalogue, Los Angeles, California

2011                Coming Out of the Closet: Clothing Art as an Emergent Form, Mary Brogan Museum, Tallahassee, Florida

2011                Hidden Cities, New Century Artists Gallery, Women’s Caucus for Art National Exhibition, New York, New York

2011                unCommon Threads, El Camino College Art Gallery, Torrance California

2010                Centennial Alumni Exhibition, Conley Art Gallery, California State University, Fresno

2009                A Studio of Their Own: The Fresno Feminist Experiment, Conley Art Gallery, California State University, Fresno

2008                Small Treasures, Fresno Art Museum, Curated by Michael Mazur, California

2008                30th Anniversary Exhibit, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, California

2008                Assemblage, Gallery 25, Fresno, California

2007                Other People’s Memories-Found Photos, Mendocino College Art Gallery, Ukiah, California

2007                Women’s Work, Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, California

2007                Modern Dimensions, Eight Modern, Sante Fe, New Mexico

2007                Clothing as Metaphor, Edna Carlsten Gallery, University of Wisconsin

2007                Exquisite Acts & Everyday Rebellions, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

2006                Where Truth Lies, Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho

2005                Group Exhibit, Chanel Boutique, San Francisco California, Sponsored by SFMOMA, Chanel and Vanity Fair                                                                                                

2005                Assemblage, Merced Art Center, Merced, California

2004                Uncommon Threads, University of California Center, Fresno, California

2004                Nancy Youdelman, Carolyn de Anda, Chris Sorenson Studio, Fresno, California

2002                Remembering, Artists Look at 9/11/01, Merced Arts Center, Merced, California

2002                Next Wave 2, Fresno Art Museum, California

2002                Four Generations of Armenian Artists, Fresno Art Museum, California

2002                Buttons and Beads, Oholone College, Fremont, California

2001                Five From Fresno, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, California

2001                Then and Now—Women of the Feminist Art Program, 1970-71, Fresno Art Museum, California

2000                Lost Wax/Foundry Friends, Invitational Exhibit, California State University, Fresno

2000                Faculty Exhibition, California State University, Fresno

1999                Nancy Youdelman/Nancie Holliday, Fig Tree Gallery, Fresno, California

1999                Faculty Exhibition, Art Space Gallery, Fresno City College, California

1998                New Members, Fig Tree Gallery, Fresno, California

1997                Fresno Art Museum, with Robert Cremean & Olga de Amaral, California

1996                Feminist Directions 1970/1996, curated by Amelia Jones & Laura Meyer, University of California, Riverside

1994                The Celebration of Women’s Art, California State University, Fresno

1994                USA Within Limits, Oficina Das Artes Do Livro, Sao Paulo, Brazil

1992                500 Years Since Columbus, Triton Art Museum, Santa Clara, California

1989                40 Years of California Assemblage, Traveling exhibition, Wight Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles

1988                Conception/Perception, Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, Fullerton Museum, Fullerton, California

1987                Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1986                Southern California Assemblage: Past and Present, University of California, Santa Barbara

1986                Southern California Assemblage: Past and Present, Cabrillo College Gallery, Santa Cruz, California

1986                California Institute of the Arts, Alumni Exhibition, Valencia, California

1985                58F Plaza-A Time Remembered, California State University, Fullerton

1984                Hold Everything, Palos Verdes Art Center, California

1984                Metro Rail Consultants, Los Angeles, California

1983                At Home, Long Beach Museum of Art, California

1982                Art and Survival, curated by Sandy Ballatore, Traction Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1981                LAVA 81, curated by Melinda Wortz, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Los Angeles, California

1978                The Object Observed, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, California

1978                The Subject is Object, Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1978                Garment Works, Santa Ana College Art Gallery, California

1977                William DeLappa, Nancy Youdelman and Los Four, Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, California

+1977              100+ - Current Directions in Southern California Art, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Century City

1977                Attitudes Toward Space: Environmental Art, Mount Saint Mary’s College, Los Angeles, California

1975                Impetus: The Creative Process, curated by Josine Starrels, Barnsdall Park, LA Municipal Art Gallery, California

1975                Gallery as Studio, Lang Art Center, Scripps College, Claremont, California

1975                Assemblage and Collage in Southern California, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art California

1975                Women in the Printing Arts, Woman’s Building, Los Angeles

1975                First Annual Photography Show, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, California

1975                Self Portrait Show, Woman’s Building, Los Angeles

1975                Robert Goulart, Janice Lester and Nancy Youdelman, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, California

1974                First Annual California Sculpture Exhibition, cash prize winner, California State University, Northridge

1974                Sixth Annual Small Images Show, California State University, Los Angeles

1974                Sculpture & Assemblage, Art Rental Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1974                Invitational Drawing Show, 58-F Plaza Gallery, Orange, California

1973                Make-up Show, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

1973                Opening Invitational, Womanspace, Los Angeles, California

1973                Costume Show, California State University, Fresno

1973                Women U.S.A., Laguna Beach Museum of Art, California

1973                Sixteenth Annual Art Unlimited, Downey Art Museum, California

1972                Fifth Annual Small Images Show, Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles

1972                Womanhouse, Los Angeles, project of the Feminist Art Program at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

1972                I Tried Everything, collaborative work with Suzanne Lacy, Dori Atlantis, Jan Lester, CalArts, Valencia

1971                First Exhibition, Feminist Art Studio, Rap Weekend, Fresno, California



P r o f e s s i o n a l   E x p e r i  e n c e ,  R e s i d e n c i e s ,  G r a n t s

  • Recipient, Tree of Life Foundation Grant, 2016

  • Presenter, Ninth Annual Encaustic Conference, June 5 – 7, 2015, Provincetown, Massachusetts

  • Six-week teaching residency at Penn State, Feb 25 – April 7, 2014. The course, Judy Chicago @PSU, Art, Pedagogy, Exhibition & Research, facilitated by Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd and Nancy Youdelman and featured an exhibition Out of Here, with student work created during the course.

  • Presenter for Judy Chicago Symposium. Feminist Art Education April 5 & 6, 2014.

  • Guest Lecturer, Florida State University, February 29, 2012

  • Honored at a special event at the Getty Center for artists included in Lyn Kienholz’s book, LA Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980, December 7, 2010

  • Guest presenter at the opening of Through the Flower's (Judy Chicago’s foundation) exhibition Home Sweet Home, in Belen, New Mexico, August 7, 2010, spoke about Womanhouse.

  • Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Visual Artist Grant Recipient 2007

  • 2006-08 Chairperson of the Fresno Art Museum’s Council of 100. Organized in 1986, the Council is a unique organization devoted to recognizing outstanding women in the arts. Working in collaboration with the Fresno Art Museum, the Council has garnered recognition for its Distinguished Woman Artist Award. It is a coveted award that has brought the Fresno Art Museum statewide and national recognition. Fresno’s was the first museum in the country to create a serious program featuring the work of important women artists.

  • Chair of Symposium Committee for American Originals: A Lifetime of Art, a panel discussion on September 9, 2006 with June Wayne, Ruth Weisberg, Rachel Rosenthal, Bella Feldman, Inez Storer, Angie Bray, Olga Seem & Junko Chodos, at the Fresno Art Museum

  • Artist Lecture, Community School of Music & Art, Mountain View, California, February, 2006

  • Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant Recipient 2005

  • Full-Time Lecturer, California State University, Fresno, Department of Art & Design, Sculpture, 1999-2013

  • Adjunct Faculty, Art Department, State Center Community College District, 1995-2007

  • Artist Lecture, Ohlone College, Fremont, California, January, 2002

  • Artist Lecture and graduate student workshop, California State University, Northridge, September, 2001

  • Feminist Art Symposium, March 1-3, 2001, California State University, Fresno. Lead panelist and member of planning committee, commemorating the 30 year anniversary of the first feminist art class taught by Judy Chicago in 1970-71

  • Staff member, Fresno Art Museum, education department, 1994-99

  • Artist in Residence, Fresno Art Museum, 1994

  • Graphic artist, New West Magazine, Beverly Hills, California, 1978-80

  • C.E.T.A. Artist Grant, member of L.A.C.E., 1978

  • Guest Artist, Cerro Coso College, Ridgecrest, California, 1977

  • Guest Lecturer, Western Washington State, 1977

  • Photo Editor for Our Own Hands: A History of the Women Artist’s Movement in Southern California, published by Double X, 1976-77

  • Member of Double X, a group of women artists in Southern California dedicated to cultural and educational projects reflecting a feminist philosophy, 1975-77

  • Teacher at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, 1976

  • Teaching Assistant in sculpture at UCLA, 1974-76

  • Member of Grandview Gallery, a feminist co-op gallery in the Woman’s Building, 1973-75

  • Writer for Artweek, 1974-75

  • Artistic Consultant for the Rolling Stones concert, Los Angeles, July, 1975


F e m i n i s t  A r t  P r o g r a m:

            Original student in the first feminist art class for women only that was organized and taught by Judy Chicago at California State University, Fresno in 1970.  Continued with the Feminist Art Program at Cal-Arts with faculty members Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, 1971-73.


W o m a n h o u s e:

            Students and faculty of the program at Cal-Arts worked together and transformed an abandoned mansion into an environment reflecting the dreams, ideas and emotions of women.  Related performances were presented during the exhibition of Womanhouse, January 21-February 27, 1972.  This collaborative project received international media attention and has been covered in numerous books as well as a documentary film, Womanhouse, that was made by Johanna Demitracas.


Selected Bibliography

Mattera, Joanne, An Aggregate of Forces: 60 Women Artists Over 60, Joanne Mattera Art Blog, August 2, 2017

Munro, Donald, Restyling Memories, The Munro Review, May 22, 2017

Nancy Youdelman: The Texture of Time and Memory, film, 18 minutes 57 seconds, written and     directed by Julia Woli Scott, filmed and edited by CMAC (Community Access Media    Collaborative) Fresno California, 2017

Peace Press, The Art of the Cooks of Peace Press, exhibition catalog, 2017

Fresno Art Museum, Fashioning a Feminist Vision 1972-2017, exhibition catalog, 2017

Julie Heller East, Casting Shadows, exhibition catalog, 2015

Chapman University, XX Redux: Revisiting a Feminist Collective, exhibition catalog, 2015

Harper, John, Good Dog! Art of Man’s Best Friend, exhibition catalog, 2014

Landi, Ann, Nancy Youdelman, Eight Modern, ARTnews, Summer, 2013

Hoel, Hannah, Dogs Are Forever, THE Magazine, May, 2013

McLister, Iris, Nancy Youdelman, Visual Art Source, May, 2013

McGraw, Kate, For the Love of Dogs, The Albuquerque Journal North, April 12, 2013

Limon, Enrique, And They Call it Puppy Love, Santa Fe Reporter, April 10, 2013

Women’s Caucus for Art, Bound, exhibition catalog, 2013

Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Generations, exhibition catalogue, 2012

Women’s Caucus for Art, Honoring Women’s Rights, exhibition catalog, 2012

Women’s Caucus for Art, Momentum, exhibition catalog, 2012

Fields, Jill, Entering the Picture, Judy Chicago, The Feminist Art Program, and The Collective Visions of Women Artists, essay by Nancy Youdelman, pgs. 64-77, Routledge, 2012

The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, Coming Out of the Closet: Clothing as an Emergent Form, exhibition catalogue, 2011

Singh, Abhilasha, Outside the Realm, ArtSlant, August 14, 2011

La Palma, Marina, Nancy Youdelman: Outside The Realm, THE Magazine, September 2011

Eight Modern, Nancy Youdelman Outside the Realm, exhibition catalog, 2011

Kienholz, Lyn, LA Rising: So Cal Art Before 1980, California/International Arts Foundation, 2011

Women’s Caucus for Art, Hidden Cities, exhibition catalog, 2011

Batson, Jill, Dress to Transgress, The New Mexican, April 11, 2008

McGraw, Kate, Castoffs Reinvented, Albuquerque Journal, April 11, 2008

Walker, Hollis, The Women Behind the Art, Albuquerque Journal (Santa Fe North section), May 2, 2008

Statton, Liza, Nancy Youdelman: Threads of Memory, THE Magazine, June 2008

Munro, Donald, Art That Clicks, The Fresno Bee, June 22, 2008

Munro, Donald, For Youdelman, Connecting Through Art, The Fresno Bee Beehive, August 25, 2008

CSUF University Journal Online, Newsmakers: Nancy Youdelman, video interview, October 2008

Walker, Hollis, “We Are What We Wear, and Hide in Our Closet”, Santa Fe/North, May 25, 2007

Tanenbaum, Molly, “Metallic Memories”, Mountain View Voice, February 3, 2006

Nancy Youdelman, Sculpture, exhibition catalogue, essay by Gail Levin, Community School of Music and Art, Mountain View, California, 2006

Mike Kelley, Foul Perfection, edited by John C. Welchman, Cambridge and London, MIT Press, 2003

Strumwasser, Gina, “Nancy Youdelman”, The Muse, Newsletter Fresno Art Museum, Summer,   2002

Jones, Amelia & Meyer, Laura, Feminist Directions 1970/1996, Exhibition Catalogue, Sweeney Art Gallery, University of Riverside, 1996

Broude, Norma & Garrard, Mary D., The Power of Feminist Art, Harry N. Abrams Inc., 1994

Hale, David, “Artwork Pays Tribute to Women of Yesterday”, Fresno Bee, February 21, 1994

La Palma, Marina, “Material Implications, Nancy Youdelman, Ovsey Gallery”, Artweek, May 10, 1990

Muchnic, Suzanne, “Vintage Memories: Nancy Youdelman”, Los Angeles Times, May 4, 1990

Wight Art Gallery, UCLA, Forty Years of California Assemblage, Exhibition catalogue, 1989 p.   226

Raczka, Robert, Fullerton Museum Center Re: Presentation – Conception/Perception, exhibition Catalogue, October 1988

Quinn, William, “UCLA Grad, Nancy Youdelman’s Art Showing”, UCLA Daily Bruin, May 11, 1987

Askey, Ruth, “Nancy Youdelman”, ArtScene, May, 1987

Muchnic, Suzanne, Los Angeles Times, May 8, 1987

Welles, Eleanor, “Fantasies of the Past”, Artweek, February 26, 1983, p. 5

Wolfe, Gretchen, “Nancy Youdelman: Shattered Glass” Fiber Arts, January 1980, p. 74

Iskin, Ruth E., “Shattered Illusions of History”, Artweek, January, 26, 1980

O’Conner, Maureen, “Form Follows Fashion”, Artforum, December 1979

Brown, Sheridan, “Art In Her Fashion”, Women’s Wear Daily, July 5, 1979

Wilson, William, “A Still Life Chop Suey at Barnsdall”, Los Angeles Times, September 24, 1978

Askey, Ruth, “Double X Curates Women’s Show”, Artweek, July 29, 1978

Askey, Ruth, “Nancy Youdelman”, Visual Dialog, Winter, 1977-78

“The Nation”, Art News, March 1977, p.92

Askey, Ruth, “Six Artists, Six Spaces, Artweek, February 5, 1977

Wilding, Faith, “24 Women Making Art”, Artweek, January 15, 1977

Wilson, William, “Art Walk”, Los Angeles Times, December 5, 1975

App, Timothy, “Gallery As Studio”, Artweek, November 1, 1975

Wortz, Melinda, “Women’s Art Experiences”, Artweek, September 9, 1975

Polak, Clark, “The Surfacing of L.A. Artists”, Los Angeles Free Press, April 11, 1975

Notebloom, Stan J., “Nancy Youdelman’s Self Portraits”, Artweek, February 1, 1975

King, Susan, “Lester and Youdelman”, Artweek, May 11, 1974

Wilson, William, “Works to the Rafters in Women’s Building”, Los Angeles Times, May 3, 1974

Wortz, Melinda, Artweek, March 2, 1974

Ostrow, Ricki, “Personal Subtle Messages in ‘Small Images’ Exhibit”, Cal State L.S. Newspaper, January 8, 1974