Artist Statement

Artists explore and give the world a view of their personal heightened awareness. I visualize and think with keen beliefs and insights. Reflection of human and societal concerns which cross emotional boundaries-- communicating that which is unspoken. My traditional art foundations of drawing, painting and printmaking, evolved into video, digital photography and experimental media. I use digital photography and imaging to envision the concepts originating from the creative pulse.An individual artist explores and gives the world a view of their personal heightened awareness. Artists see and think with keen beliefs and insights.Reflection of human and societal concerns which cross emotional boundaries-- communicating that which is unspoken.
My traditional art foundations of drawing, painting and printmaking, evolved into video, digital photography and experimental media. I use digital photography and imaging to envision the concepts originating from the creative pulse.

Artist Exhibitions

NANCY BECHTOL Art Exhibition Bio

Awards recognitions
Midwest Regional FellowNational Endowment for the Arts Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award-Media Arts Neighborhood Arts Program Artist at Lathrop Homes, CHA City of Chicago. Dept. of Cultural Affairs American Video Conference Award sponsored by the American Film InstituteBillboard Magazine Tokyo International Video Festival, Special Merit Award in Experimental Video Art American Registry of Outstanding Professionals Chicago Access Network Television, Chicago Access Network Television CAN TV Independent Producer 1986-current.

Artist, Independent Filmmaker Photographer, Educator, Media Consultant
MFA The School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1984
MA. ED. Loyola University of Chicago 1980
BA Roosevelt University
Chicago Community Access Network TV. CAN TV. Certified Independent Producer 1986-Current
The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago. Professor Adjunct digital media photography 1999-2015
American Press Association - Bureau Chief and Photojournalist

Art Exhibitions

Vanderpoel Art Museum. Chicago. CSA Interprets the Illinois Bicentennial
Koehnline Museum.OCC. Nevertheless She Persisted juried women exhibition.
Apr, 2018 once in a super blue moon at ART COLONY Lost Artists Chicago featured in WomenArts, SF and International for SWAN.
Mar-April Gallery Seven at the Historic Gaylord Building. Lockport, Ill Chicago Society of Artists- A Spring Member Exhibit

Dec, 2017 It Figures 2017 ARC Gallery Educational Foundation Chicago
Nov, 2017 ALL who WANDER...ARE not LOST Lost Artists Chicago
Oct, 2017 A Collective Expression Chicago Society of Artists Reception and Gallery Talk, Oct. 26, 7-9pm Lewis University
Women Anger Resistance, Power and Inspiration, Womens juried exhibit, Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL,
Lost Artists Colony Chicago. Sept 2017. Fall Back
Anderson Arts Center. Kenosha, Wisconsin. CSA
Lost Artists Colony. Chicago. Special Wall installation, March for Science
ARC Gallery Chicago SCENE and UNSEEN Nancy Bechtol and David Bechtol March 1-March 25, 2017.
Gallery 7. Joliet, Il. March 2-31 Chicago Society of Artists Members Exhibit
ARC Gallery. Chicago. Seeing Red showing Womens March Chicago DVD and online of 425 images.

August House Studio. Chicago.
“REAL SURREAL” A two person show of Photography and Photo-related works by Nancy Bechtol David Bechtol. The gallery will be divided in half. The photo-manipulated experimental works of Nancy Bechtol on the “SURREAL” side and David Bechtol’s majestic art photography on the “REAL” side. Both individually have over 40 years of workhistory in the media. Ceiling video projection for the opening. Opening Reception, October 7, 2016. 6-9 2016. Exhibit runs Oct 7th -Oct 28th. Curated by Marya Veeck.

Koehnline Museum of Art. “Beyond Rosie the Riveter Women and Work”
Sept 29 – Oct 21 Oakton Community College. IL An International Juried Exhibition of Art by Women. Presented by Womens Gender Studies, WGS coordinator. Kathleen Carot. Rosie the Riveter represented the contributions of the millions of women who worked in America’s factories, offices and shipyards during WWII. This Exhibition honors that spirit by celebrating women at work..and those who have managed to break through the glass ceilings to lead the boardrooms, political arenas ans other avenues of power and decision making. Work included “Singularity”

ARC Gallery Educational Foundation. Member Show. Oct. 2016

Tech Month.Chicago. Citywide Event. June.
Featured at Lost Artists Colony. Altered Images..

Gallery 7. Joliet, Il. LightRide Series, Trio featured.Chicago Society of Artists. Member Show.

CAN TV. Channel 21 Cablecast. “Free Speech the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” indie documentary film by Nancy Bechtol.

SWAN Day Events. Via International, San Francisco based.

Lost Artists Colony. Guest Artist. Monthly event showcasing new works and series fine art and photojournalism.

IN PLAIN SIGHT, A remarkable exhibit of 25 contemporary photographers
Nov13- 2015 Jan 10.2016 August House Studio. Curator Marya Veeck. Chicago.

Koehnline Museum of Art. IL Feminism Across the Generations
October 1 – 23 juried. features work from 70 international artists, that explores ways feminists can reach across divisions of time and place to learn from one another in order to grow the movement. This provocative exhibit examines—and celebrates—feminism’s past, present, and future. Presented by Womens Gender Studies at Oakton. Curated by Nick Harpaz.

WAAND. The Women Artists Archives National Directory WAAND. Listed in the Archives. comprehensive survey of U.S. archival collections holding primary source documents of and about women visual artists active in the U.S.

Old Town Triangle Art Center CSA Chicago Society of Artists CHICAGO PRINTS Portfolio Show

ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation Urban Threads - ARC Members Show Oct, 2015

4Art Inc Gallery at Zhou B Arts Center. Chicago. April, May, June 2015. Monthly exhibition of art, rotated, from “Digital Mindset Series”

Illinois State Museum-Chicago Gallery. Special Event. Ill. Women Film and Video Screening. and Swan Day Event. 32715. Chief Thundercloud as told by Hilda Williams and Friends. 2230.

Lost Artists Colony. Guest Artist- PhotographicArt exhibitions and installations. Guest artist Monthly since Sept 2012 – current

Gallery 350. Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago Mart Plaza. Chicago. 9 Faculty Group Show including Nancy Bechtol showing Light Ride Series-Trio March - May 2015

Logan Theatre. Chicago. Premiere of indie documentary, Free Speech the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist. 99 min with featured soundtrack by Behind the Sun- Hey Now Records. Exec. ProducerTechnical Supervisor, David Bechtol.

The Lost Artists Colony. Chicago Guest Artist 2012 - current.

NYC SeeMe group showing projection pursuit of creative NYC Times Square July 24, 2014 5 works projected in Times Square on buildings.

Columbia College-Journalism Dept. Chicago.- Pre-Screening of indie feature documentary film Free Speech the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist 99 min hosted by Dr. Barbara Iverson. April.

Trickster Gallery.Native American owned and operated Schaumberg, Il. hosted by Exec Dir, Joe Podlasek. Preview of indie feature documentary film Free Speech the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist 99 min

ARC Gallery Educational Foundation. Chicago. Benefit Preview screening of indie feature documentary film Free Speech the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist 99 min
for ARC, nonprofit, womens run cooperative, all proceeds to gallery. June. Chicago.

ARC Gallery Chicago. ARC Celebrating 40th Anniversary Members Show. Included in the Members bookcatalogue.

A Day in Avondale. ADIA. Featured at the Square Bar on Belmont. Chicago. Selections from unreal landscapes and the lightrides including video art short films. My art showing with David Bechtol Canadian Rocky Series. September 2013

Gallery 180. Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. Faculty Show Nov 2013 -Jan 2014 Four Circles of PowWow DVD 8 min video shown on 27 iMac monitor. Originally produced for the American Indian Center of Chicago as an exhibition companion work. video additionally, has a history of screenings 2006-2013 in various locations with the Illinois State Museum Locations, including Chicago and Springfield and other locations.

Gallery 350. Merchandise Mart. Chicago. Faculty Group Show including Nancy Bechtol presenting, APA photojournalist image Al Gore and the Climate Reality Leadership Conf-Chicago. Sept-Jan 2014

Columbia College. Chicago. Journalism Dept. Presentation of work in progress to students and discussion - feature documentary film, Free Speech the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist

Variable Spaces. Wicker Park. I CAN DO THAT. interactive art-making, rule-breaking. art show curated by Jenny Lam. 40 international and regional artists at alternative space in Chicago.

ARC Gallery.Exhibit by the Langolier Photo Collective Nancy Bechtol, Hermann Wieland, Ron Grenko, David Bechtol. Bensenville, IL O’Hare Airport Expansion Project.
ARC Gallery. Member’s Show. 1012 TAG 003 Virtual Gallery in Collaboration with David Bechtol.

ARC Gallery. ReInvention. Chicago. Selection of Occupy Chicago textimages.

Outsider Art Fair. NYC. Packer Schopf Gallery. Chicago. Video of The Lee Groban Experience, CA NTV SHOW shown in tribute and in the art fair booth.

Gallery 350. The Illinois Institute of Art. Mart Plaza. Portraits- Digital Photography Student and Faculty Exhibition. faculty

American Indian Center, 50 years of PowWow. Exhibition - Production and Postproduction of DVDvideo Four Circles of PowWow- Shown as an adjunct to the major show by The American Indian Center with the Illinois State Museum. In the educational collection of The Smithsonian Native American Museum. Washington. Shown in many locations, included in the traveling show Field Museum of Chicago in including the showing at the Museo Nacional de Arqueologia y Ethnologia de Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala Sept-Dec 2011

Tom Robinson Gallery - Chicago Society of Artists. Nov.
ARC Gallery. “Oh La La Chicago” Collaborative show with David Bechtol. Photography.

Live 8_0_8 Event. Online, international interactive streaming. Featured ReporterArtist Live @808 networked performance space. Including realtime video, audio, texting and other media collide and intermix. Curated by Roxanne Brousseau-Felio, Canada. Oct.

Gallery 350 Perspectives Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. Faculty Show.

Gruen Gallery.Chicago. “The Art of Human Rights” Benefitauction. Art participant. 311

Halsted Street Gallery. Pilsen- Inspired Art. artists create and donate original works, inspired by original poetry written by the youth America SCORES, nonprofit organization Chicago’s after school program. Dream Wide Awake street wisdom Fernando M.Castillano School.

MAAF. Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival Satellite, a new media arts exhibit.. Chicago. tag 002 duet, madpalX Nancy Bechtol six degrees of separation and eyeball kid David Bechtol National Park Series. new media, cyberspace, live and installation. curated show. July.

The Doll Show. Benefit for ARC Gallery. Chicago.
Oh O Doom Gallery. showfundraiser for the Illinois Institute of Chicago Student Scholarship Fund
Old Town Triangle Art Gallery. Chicago. showing with the legendary Chicago Society of Artists. August - Sept.1

Cook County Building. Chicago 125th Anniversary Show with the Chicago Society of Artists hosted by Maria Pappas received member award. CSA.

Bloomingdale Park District Museum. Nov-Dec. CSA Chicago Society of Artists member show.

ARC Gallery. Chicago. Collaborative showing of Bensenville Reclaimed a photo essay by with David Bechtol on the OHare Airport Expansion Project. Includes book document.

Gallery 180. Chicago Mart Center. Illinois Institute of Art Faculty show.

4ART Inc @ Zhou B Art Center, Chicago Somambulist. Group show of art and installations. “Lee GrobanCure for Insomnia” mixed media. curated by Jenny Lam. Robin Monique Rios, Gallery Director

LACDA and Live 8_0_8 Event, Curated by Roxanne Brousseau-Felio,
intenational interactive of 48 artists featured
at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Rex Bruce, director.
Live 8_0_8 Event X2, Curated by Roxanne Brousseau-Felio,
intenational interactive streaming from Brazil. Oct.2010
Psyche curated by Lucy Mueller. Logan Square, MAAF

Icosehedron Gallery, NY, New York. Chelsea. Eyes of the World curated by Robert Berry. April 2-28, reception April 9.
Icosehedron Gallery, NY, New York. Chelsea. From the Dirt curated by Robert Berry. Sept-Oct 2010

The Illinois State Museum-Chicago Gallery. Illinois Women Video Artists curated by Jane Stevens. as part of the International SWAN Day. presented 2 new videos and gallery talk.

ARC Gallery. Chicago. Collaboration. collaborative photo installation with David Bechtol,Glances of Paris and The Gardens of Versailles Oct 2- 24
The International Exhibit - in CroatiaBulgaria by invitation Sept 2009
MAAF, Logan Square Past and Present featuring historic and contemporary art. July-Aug 2, 2009. 2881 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago
Peter Jones Gallery. Chicago. Dance-a-Go-Go featured photographerartist, curated by Effie Mihopoulos
Gallery 350. Mart Center. Illinois Institute of Art Chicago.
Perspectives. Group Faculty Show. May.
Illinois State Museum-Chicago Gallery. Five Illinois Women Video-Film Artists presentation. March 27, 2009.
ArtRaw gallery.NYC. juried inaugural group exhibition in Chelsea. February-March

ARC Gallery. Chicago. Does it Matter Members Show Oct
Confessions Station Project. Gallery 350, 350 N. Orleans. Chicago. Organizers Caroline Anderson Chicago and Sui Sabine Wiley Berlin December 9, 2008 - January 23, 2009.

CAN TV. Cablecast videos on Channel 19. GoosetopiaGeese in Urban Areas and 1000 Artists Wanted..Chris Drew wants you Oct.6, 7, 9, 10,18,20,21, 25, 31.

Bartlett Nature Center. JamesPate Phillip Ill. State Park.2008 Goosetopia remounted. New version of 3 Channel Video and Photos, in collaboration with David Bechtol. Shown in the Center Theater.
BareWalls 13. School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Juried Painting Event to benefit scholarship fund.
Chicago Artists Coalition. Peter Jones Gallery. PaintAthon. Benefit event CAC. Participant in live painting and auction by Leslie Hindman.
ARC Gallery. Chicago. 5 x 2 Members Show
Gallery 350. Illinois Institute of Art- Chicago. Critical Mass
Gallery 350. Ill. Institute of Art-1207. Goosetopia with David Bechtol - photovideo
Gallery 350. Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. All Faculty Show

CAN TV Ch 21, Chicago. Art Vibes miniseries. nov 7- feb 20 2006
Illinois State Museum. Springfield. included in traveling exhibition around Illinois. sept 05-Jan. 06
The C-e-n-t-e-r project. International art project. LA. screenings and DVD.
ARC Gallery. Chicago. RawSpace. streetwired RE Moody. conceptual video installation
Athenaeum Theatre. The Promise Land. Fashion ShowLive Public Event. Experimental Video
Gallery 415. War Peace. group show juried by Ed Paschke. Chicago.
Hype Gallery. London, UK. Gallery print exhibit and online

Gene Siskel Film Center. Chicago. old skool revolutionaries. Filmvideo included in historical compilation by jon cates. SAIC new media.
JOMALSA. Spain. Industria Grafica. Graphic Arts Art Publication.
Ceres Gallery. NYC, New York. Art shown In collaboration with Jane Stevens.
Illinois State Museum. Chicago Gallery.

Mirabella Spain. MAC21. Exhibition and Catalogue. July 02
SFAC. Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Pk. The Ancestors Land
Ceres Gallery. NYC. Our Ancestors Land a collaborative project of Jane Stevens. VCDVideo and installation and digital photopaintings.
Art in Context. NYC database. Listed as contemporary artist.

Mirabella,Spain. MAC21. Exhibition and Catalogue.
Illinois State Museum. Permanent Collection.
Suburban Fine Arts Center. Highland Park, IL “Emjayzee Menominee Poet collab”.
ARC Gallery. Chicago. One Person Show FreaksViruses, Trojans and other Variants.
Chicago Access Network TV. Video Exerpts. Channel 27. Month of September on the ARC Gallery Profile.

Exhibitions since 1982-please request for more information



Artist Publications

Chicago based artist Nancy Bechtol uses landscapes to encourage her viewers to go beyond the surface of the painting to the hidden truth. In her photography, Bechtol is concerned with using the medium as a “journey”. Her landscapes serve as metaphors for the transformative experiences in our lives. In each of her works, Bechtol has cultivated an emotional connection that communicates outside the visual and real space that it represents.
-Robert Berry, Curator
"Eyes of the World" 2010
"From the Dust"
Icosahedron Gallery

ART DIGITAL MAGAZINE by Max Eternity. Interviewed 9.26.09
"Nancy Bechtol-Chaotic Zen"
Nancy Bechtol is an internationally exhibited, multi-media artist who creates stream-of-consciousness themed electronic paintings, video, installations and photography. A self-avowed urbanite, Bechtol employs her art as a tool for transcending the discord of disillusionment often found in the metropolitan landscape; providing inspirational revelations through creative imagery–offering opportunities for evolutionary change. for full interview and pics:


Blog Installation No. 6: Ossia Fine Arts Gallery
This blog installation is part of Chicago Connection: The 5 Artists Project, showing through November 1, 2008, at Ossia Fine Arts Space in the Fine Arts Building. For the duration of the show, anyone coming into the gallery on Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. will be part of the blog.

Nancy Bechtol, artist and videographer/photographer, stopped by the gallery. She commented, "The pieces show natural formations but you also get the sense of the urban. They are contained within boundaries, like a grid, but there is an expansiveness to them. You are brought into the pieces and they contain their own universe. You see an intensity of craftsmanship and beauty of an intricate nature."

A Chicago artist whose work spans several media and styles over a 25-year period, Nancy is currently getting ready for her upcoming ARC gallery member show (Does It Matter?), which will feature her Light Ride Series of digital photography. For this series, while her husband drove on the expressways and through small towns in Illinois, she sat next to him and "drew with her camera" to capture spontaneous impressions of direct and reflected light from objects around her in the early morning hours. She has also been working continuously since 1999 on another series entitled Freaks: Viruses, Trojans and Other Variants, which includes photographs of people with disjointed features to show them as symbolic viruses (like computer viruses with personalities).

Earlier in her career, she studied painting with Don Baum, artist and curator, and was influenced by the Hairy Who, the early Chicago Imagists. Earning an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she was inspired by pioneering video artist Phil Morton, founder of the Video Area.

Nancy Bechtol. Graphic Woman Walks. 2007. From the UnReal Landscape Series. Digital photo manipulations. Printed on archival paper.
"My art is really a mixed bag. I adapt for my audience, and whatever works for the concept is what I have used or invented. Currently I work in digital photography and video, both experimental and documentary style. As an artist I often reinvent myself."

Her recent exhibitions include: 50 Years of PowWow, American Indian Center, production and postproduction of DVD/video Four Circles of PowWow included in the traveling show presented by the Field Museum of Chicago; Goosetopia, Bartlett Nature Center, James (Pate) Philip State Park, remounted DVD site-specific 3-channel video in collaboration with David Bechtol; Art Vibes, Chicago Access Network TV, 8-part series about peace marches with original content; The Promised Land, Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago, video of fashion show/live event with Fluxcore.

Nancy Bechtol. Moon Rabbit. 2008. From the UnReal Landscape Series. Digital photo manipulations. Printed on archival paper.

For more information on Nancy and her art, go to

Art Digital Magazine by Max Eternity. Interviewed 9.26.09
"Nancy Bechtol-Chaotic Zen"
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2008 Interviewed by Amy Rudberg
Blog Installation No. 6: Ossia Fine Arts Gallery
Chicago Reader. April 24, 2008 featured my digital photo/collage “reasonably disturbed” image in print and online
Chicago Reader > Galleries and Museums
Chicago Reader. Critics Corner. Art Vibes. 11/18/05
WZRD Radio. 88.3 FM. Interview for Art Vibes on CAN TV 11/05
WZRD Radio. 88.3 FM. Artist interview with Wizard 1/05.
Illinois Art Gallery. Thompson Center. Chgo.
Dialogue Magazine. Featured Artist. 2001.
New City. Chicago. 01/01 Reviewed by critic Michael Weinstein.
The Chicago Reader. 3 photos printed, and listed in several papers.
MAC 21. Mirabella Spain. Exhibition Catalogue


Artist Collections

The Art Institute of Chicago ARC Gallery Collection.Ryerson Library.
Illinois State Museum. Springfield. IL
Chicago Artists' Archives. Harold Washington Library. Chicago
ESS.(Experimental Sound Studio) Archives. Chicago
Flaxman Library Special Collections / Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection/ The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Tweed Museum, Minnesota. USA.
Sverges Television. Stockholm. Sweden
Video and New Media-archives. School of the Art Institute of Chicago
James McNeil Mesple,The Muse Room,Private Collection.Chicago
John Jenkins, Private Collection. Chicago
The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago/Corporate Collection
Sharon Okee-Chee Skolnick, Chicago. Private Collection.
Carlos Munoz, Chicago. Private Collection.