Nancy Nelson-Brotz

Visual Arts Director

Nancy Nelson-Brotz is an East Coast native who joins the AAC staff having been part of the arts family in Madison for years through her art education work at Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, the Painesville Recreation Department, Perry Library, Madison Library, Mentor Senior Center, the Painesville Senior Center, and Stella’s Art Gallery. She is a Madison transplant, hailing originally from East Hampton, Conn. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art from California University of Pennsylvania, where she specialized in printmaking. As fate would have it, she immediately abandoned printmaking for a three-credit elective class in stained glass. After teaching and creating Tiffany-method stained glass for years, she had many scraps, which has led her to her current obsession: mosaics. Recently, she has been spending most of her energy and spare time with tweezers in hand, placing tiny pieces of glass and found objects into some semblance of order – typically until she can’t see straight. She has won many awards for her mosaic work (and even clay pieces). She also spends time creating oil pastel, inspired by the beauty and nature around her. She is especially inspired by Lake Erie. Her current projects include creating a studio space at home, playing with a new pottery wheel, and having fun teaching classes. Nancy and her husband Phil Brotz have two children, Bailey and Morgan. She always says it’s a good thing she married a patient woodworker because Phil is extremely helpful in making Nancy’s visions come to life – no matter how insane he might think they are – often creating custom frames in record time.