Collection Facts

Extent: 
63 items
Dates of Original: 
1947 - 2013
Collection Owner:
NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

Life has been a wonderful panorama, according to Nancy Skeele Edwards. Growing up during World War II as an “Army Air Corps Brat,” she moved from one military base to another with her family, attending twelve different school systems prior to the seventh grade. At one location Nancy’s neighbor was a portrait artist. She was seven years old and modeled for his drawing classes. Nancy’s interest in drawing and painting continued to grow. By the time she was in the eighth grade, a very talented, unique and gifted artist, Gordon Muck, started his teaching career at her school in DeRuyter, New York. “Because of his encouragement and guidance,” Nancy received a full tuition art scholarship to Syracuse University. At different times, Gordon and Nancy were both art instructors in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District.

Nancy has always enjoyed working with people and especially children. She has tirelessly worked as a teacher, community activist, historical advocate, arts organizer and exhibitor, library volunteer, religious educator, as well as for countless other causes near and dear to her very big heart. She shared a long and successful marriage with local TV personality and past Chair of the Broadcast Journalism Department at Syracuse University’s Newhouse school Don Edwards, as well as raise two bright and independent children. In 1990 she retired from the Fabius-Pompey School District, after 30 years of teaching art in several surrounding public school districts. Now in retirement, she hopes there is time to paint. At this time watercolor is the medium Nancy finds most satisfying. Living in Central New York State, having the opportunity to travel, is a never-ending source of painting inspiration.

The last two paragraphs of Nancy’s autobiography, written in 1953 as a high school senior, encapsulates Nancy Skeele Edwards’ attitude towards life and her personality extremely well. She writes in her own words, “Nancy is very proud of her family and she hopes someday to repay her marvelous parents for all of their love, kindness, understanding and help through all the years…...most of all Nancy wants to make her place in this world, helping in some way to establish a better and peaceful universe by unity.”

No one could say it any better than Nancy herself.

This short biography was created from “Nancy Skeele Edwards, 2006, Artist’s Statement”, as well as her 1994 resume and 1953 autobiography.

Scope of Collection

This collection contains paintings by Nancy Edwards, mostly done in watercolor or acrylic. Subjects include local and regional landscapes, portraits, and still life objects.