August 22 - September 15, 2010

Born in New Rochelle, New York in 1918, Nancy Edith Proskauer always had a love of the Arts. She began her formal training in fine arts at Sarah Lawrence College and later studied architecture at Columbia University. In 1938, she married stockbroker Donald Dryfoos. Nancy Dryfoos learned about the strong reputation of Kean’s Fine Arts Department from her family friend, Professor Judy Rosenthal. Dryfoos’ representational sculpture and prints are made in a semi realistic style, displaying an expressionistic influence. Her unique style encompasses impressionism with a dash of romanticism. The content of her work is derived from emotions, atmosphere and concepts. She felt most of her work dealt with matters of love, hate, and particularly women’s issues. Her work is created in a variety of mediums such as bronze castings, marble sculpture, and metal etchings. They range in size from freestanding to palms sizes statuettes.

Nancy Dryfoos’ work is part of many permanent collections of museums and galleries across the United States including the Boca Raton Museum in Florida, Columbia University, New York University, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Archives of American in the Smithsonian Institution. She won awards including the Naomi Lehman Memorial Award, the Gold Medal of Honor from the Allied Artists of America, and the Edel Award for Fine Arts. She served as the director of the American Society of Contemporary Artists from 1970 to 1972, as a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, and as President of the National Association of Women Artist. After her death in 1991, the estate of Nancy Dryfoos donated over 250 works of her art to Kean University. In addition, Nancy Dryfoos donated funding for the creation of a student art gallery at Kean University in hopes to continue inspiring the next generation of artists.


Curated by Diana Palermo, Gallery Assistant