Nancy Prudic, Associate Professor of Visual Arts
Having loved making art since she was old enough to hold a stylus, Nancy Prudic believes that art chose her as opposed to the other way around. A native of Cleveland, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Since 1975, Nancy has worked in the field of visual arts at institutions including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ursuline College, the Bureau of Cultural Affairs for the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga Community College. She has exhibited her work locally, nationally and internationally at a wide range of locations.
Nancy joined the faculty at LEC after she was asked to apply for an artist-in-residence opportunity. She later became an adjunct professor, allowing her to work closely with the student body in a liberal arts environment.
Nancy's favorite part of her job is working with the students, whether it involves drawing, ceramics or one of the many other subjects she teaches. "I'm inspired by my students and I learn from them constantly," she said. "I love engaging in the life of the mind."
For Nancy, one story that was particularly memorable involved a three-dimensional design project she assigned to her students, requiring them to change the way people move through space. One group wrapped yarn around the columns in Holden, a high traffic area, and documented how people reacted to this direction. "Most walked around," said Nancy, "but some stepped through, and one student came back with scissors to cut it down!"
As far as her own favorite medium, Nancy loves ceramics. "My undergraduate degree is in ceramics, and I love clay because it is the ultimate plastic medium," she said. "One can make it do or look like anything."
In Nancy's opinion, the skills students learn in the visual arts, regardless of concentration, prepare them for a wide range of careers, from curation to teaching and everything in-between. Whether students are learning how to write well in art history courses or how to build things with structural integrity in ceramics, the lessons are applicable to the real world."In all the courses, you are building an aesthetic or a way of seeing the world that is incredibly valuable," said Nancy. "There are many ways to apply the skills learned in an arts program."