Nancy Benoy - Artist Statement
Nancy was born and raised in Port Credit, Ontario and now lives, creates and teaches art in Hamilton, Ontario. She received an honours degree for Sociology & Anthropology attending the University of Guelph. A study abroad program through the university allowed Nancy to live and work in London, England, where her passion for art and design was awakened/rekindled. No longer content as an onlooker, she pursued her passion upon returning home to Toronto. She studied art at a variety of institutions such as, Ryerson University, O.C.A.D. and George Brown College.
Nancy completed the Community Artist Educator Training Program at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in 2009 as well as the Artist Educator Foundations Course (Learning Through the Arts) through the Royal Conservatory in 2011. Nancy is an advocate for art in the community, facilitating art workshops at various locations in the Hamilton area including her home studio, Dundas Valley School of the Arts, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Grimsby Art Gallery, the Staircase Café and Theatre, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts and Shalom Village, bringing a deeper meaningful experience to residents living there. Nancy also works within the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board with the Learning Through the Arts program and has recently achieved and Ontario Artist in Education grant to bring her passion of the arts into elementary schools in the Hamilton area.
As an Arts Educator, Nancy believes in making art accessible for any one at any age through a no barriers approach - language is no barrier, art ability is no barrier, age is no barrier. Everyone can make a mark, a mark that is uniquely their own. The reward of a reluctant student pulling away the print from the paper to reveal their art work is incredible for Nancy as an Educator. Nancy is an enthusiastic, passionate, encouraging Arts Educator who believes each student can make their own unique mark and everyone has a voice.