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Nancy Kempf is an award winning American contemporary artist whose vibrant and expressive paintings of women have brought her international attention.  Recently, she was invited by the Mona Yossef Gallery to exhibit at the Carrousel du Louvre Art Shopping 2019.  Kempf will return to the Carrousel du Louvre to exhibit in October 2020. 


Nancy Kempf paintings can be found in private and corporate collections in the United States and she has exhibited in national and international exhibits.  Significant past or future planned exhibits include the Carrousel du Louvre 2019 and 2020, Arts Club of Washington DC and Olaf Wieghorst Museum in San Diego, California.  She has done free lance art work for nonprofit organizations Missouri Botanical Gardens, St. Louis Symphony and the St. Louis Children’s Hospital.


Kempf is a Signature Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters.  She lives in North Carolina with her husband Mike and their big chocolate lab named Lizzie.


Named “Chevalier Académicienne” – MONDIAL ART ACADEMIA (France) in march 2020. 





My paintings are shaped by regional influences from a life of moving throughout the United States.  I have talked to women from the arid southwest, the California coast, Midwest and Eastern Seaboard.  While each region brings a different set of opinions from women, it is the common factor of strength, love and femininity that I try to portray in my paintings.


My creative process usually begins with an idea inspired by conversations, memories, news or social media.  I start my paintings in a technical manner of principles and design.  My images are a combination of various photos and creativity.  As I block out my painting, I begin to form my subject’s history.  It is similar to an actor preparing for a role.  I usually go from technicalities to creating my subject’s history while painting. 


I find it interesting to play with the constant push and pull of a woman’s strength vs. femininity and to accurately depict it in my painting.  I will position her hands in a downward loose manner indicating a softness and juxtapose that with a strong challenging gaze.







International Society of Acrylic Painters 10th International Open.


Biennale 2019 National Juried Exhibit. Hilton Head, South Carolina


Apex Cultural Arts Center, Solo Exhibit. North Carolina


FALC Member Juried Exhibit.  North Carolina


Art Comes Alive, ADC Gallery. Ohio


Art Shopping 2019 Le Carrousel du Louvre. Paris, France


Yadkin Arts Council Juried Exhibit. North Carolina


International Society of Acrylic Painters Annual Members Juried Show





International Society of Acrylic Painters International Online Show.


20th Annual Art Faire Juried Exhibit.  North Carolina


Gallery 311 Juried Exhibit Landscapes and Seascapes.  North Carolina


FLAC 23rd Annual Regional Show.  North Carolina 



2017 and previous years


Village Art Gallery Juried exhibit.  Carolina on my Mind.  North Carolina


Litmus Gallery Juried exhibit.  North Carolina


California Art League “Celebrating Women” Juried Exhibit.  California


California Art Club Juried Exhibit.  Altadena, California 


California Art Club Juried exhibit. Olaf Wieghorst Museum California


NCSFA Escondido Municipal Gallery Juried exhibit.  California


University of California San Diego Juried Exhibit.  California


North County Society of Fine Arts 2012 & 2014 Juried Exhibit.  California


San Diego Fair Fine Art Juried Exhibit 2012 & 2013.  California


Carlsbad Oceanside Art League Juried Exhibit.  California


Marsh Harbour Art Show.  Marsh Harbour, Bahamas 





Signature Member of International Society of Acrylic Painters


Altadena Town and Country Club, California.  Purchase Award


Escondido Municipal Gallery, California.  Honorable Mention


Salann Magazine, USA.  Full Page Award


Fine Art League of Cary, North Carolina.  Honorable Mention


Yadkin Arts Council, North Carolina.  Honorable Mention


Webster Groves Art Association, Missouri.  First place for event Poster


North County Artists Association, California.  Artist of the Month 





Catalog Hilton Head Biennale 2019


Catalog Art Shopping 2019 Carrousel du Louvre


Historical Architecture of Webster Groves Book


Webster Groves Kirkwood Times Article About the Artist


Ladue News


Durham Magazine Spotlight, North Carolina


Ramona News Article


St. Louis Art Museum list of Artists to watch in St. Louis 





Pasadena City College California


University of San Diego California


Virtual Art Academy


John McCrady Art Academy New Orleans, Louisiana