Nancy Lee

Nancy Lee

Jewelry - Literary Arts - Mixed Media - Painting - Performers and Writers - Sculpture - Visual Arts - Kiln-fired enamel paintings


   1125 Brookside Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, 46202

Nancy Lee

Nancy Lee Designs

1125 Brookside Ave, C4
Indianapolis, IN 46202





Self-taught metalsmith, custom jeweler, and enamelist creating 2D/3D works using hand fabrication, casting, and/or forging techniques to create singular, emotive works for wear or display. Gallery owner and volunteer advocate for the arts.


Non-University Instruction
Studied Under:
Marilyn Smith
Angela Bubash
Ginger Meek Allen
John Cogswell
Jan Harrell
Juan-Carlos Cabalerro
Michael David Sturlin


Currently attending Indiana University-Purdue University in the Liberal Arts College

Work Experience


1999 to Present Nancy Lee Designs Indianapolis, IN
Metalsmith, Gallerist, Instructor
Metalsmith: Designs and fabricates enameled copper paintings, forged copper sculpture, and fabricated metal jewelry for sale direct to the public through galleries and online.

Gallerist: Owner of Nancy Lee Designs Studio, a gallery for showing works of local emerging and mid-career artists.

Instructor: Teaches metalsmithing privately and via workshops in the US and abroad.

2/2005-9/2008 Colliers Turley Martin Tucker Indianapolis, IN
Manager, Construction Services
Managed construction services for tenant renovation projects in offices and industrial settings for multiple properties in Indianapolis and surrounding communities.


12/1999-2/2005 Indianapolis Museum of Art Indianapolis, IN
Administrator, Business Operations
Provided direction and leadership within a team framework to manage $74 million expansion/renovation for fine arts museum. Multiple public speaking and meeting management requirements. Project completed within established budget and timeline, meeting museum strategic mission and goals. Promoted from Executive Assistant to Administrator, Business Operations in 2002.
Select Exhibitions
2019, Tiny VIII Show, Gallery 924, IN

2016, Tiny V Show, Gallery 924, IN

2016, Blue Show, The Harrison Center for the Arts, IN

2015, Tiny IV Show, Gallery 924, IN

2015, Black Tie Show, The Harrison Center for the Arts, IN

2014, Tiny III Show, Gallery 924, IN

2014, Faculty Show, Indianapolis Art Center, IN
2014, Trunk Show, Pattern Store, IN
2013, Faculty Show, Indianapolis Art Center, IN
2013, IDADA Members Exhibition, The Arch at Chatham, IN
2013, Solo Exhibition, Seed & Star Studio, IN
2013, Group Exhibition, Plainfield Library, IN
2012, ReStart Gallery Exhibition, Ivy Tech, Columbus, IN
2011, Faculty Show, Indianapolis Art Center, IN
2011, PUSH: Exploring Boundaries, Solo Show, IN
2010, Sketchbook Show, Raymond James Stutz ArtSpace, IN
2009, Midwest Fashion Week, Scottish Rite Cathedral, IN
2009, Faculty Show, Indianapolis Art Center, IN
2009, Oranje Juried Show, IN
2008, Earth Poems Show, Wug Laku’s Studio & Garage, IN
2008, Elegant Funk Exhibition, Circle City Industrial Complex, IN
2002, Masked Ball Gallery Exhibition, GC Lucas Gallery, IN




Cleary, Vanessa: “Musical Jewelry,” NOTES, Sept. 5, 2015

Koller, Savary: “Hold Out Hope for Future Arts Coverage,” Indianapolis News Beat, Dec. 15, ‘14

Vandivier, Hugh: “A Chat with Nancy Lee,” SkyBlue Window Blog, Jan. 22, 2014
Eamon-Shine, Kirsten: “Perfectly Present-able,” SkyBlue Window Blog, Dec. 5, 2013
Schneider, Janet: “All we want for Christmas is…,” Indianapolis Star, Nov. 24, 2013
Winslow, Ethel: “Nancy Lee Designs a Bright Future,” Cover, Weekly View, Aug. 9, 2013
Schneider, Janet: “Author Event: Making Jewelry with Nancy Lee,” Indianapolis Star, Aug. 1, ‘13
Hinkel, Emily: “How to First Friday,” SkyBlue Window Blog, Apr. 2, 2013
Gibson, DW: “Not Working: The Pulse of the Great Recession,” (documentary) Films Media Group, © 2013
Shoger, Scott: “Not Working: a chorus of the unemployed,” NUVO, Jul. 27, 2012
Gibson, DW: “Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today’s New Economy,” (final chapter in book) Penguin, Jul. 3, 2012
Grossman, Dan: “First Fridays – Circle City Industrial Complex,” NUVO, Jun. 01, 2011
Elig, Jenny: “Fashion Close-Ups: Nancy Lee,” Indianapolis Star, Mar. 27, 2011
Saetre, Julie Cope: “Artists Have Industrial Strength,” Indianapolis Star, June 27, 2010
Watt Grade, Susan: “Oranje Profile: Nancy Lee,” Sept. 15, 2009
Winslow, Ethel: First Friday Full of ‘Firsts’,” Weekly View, Mar. 13, 2009
Gilmer, Susan: “BOI Clients Moving Forward,” Small Biz Insights, Jan. 2009





The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Making Metal Jewelry, Nancy Lee, Alpha Books, 2013
30-Minute Bracelets: 60 Quick & Creative Projects for Jewelers, Marthe Le Van, Lark Crafts, 2012, pp. 34-35.
2017, Girl Scout Troup Instructor, Jewelry Making Badge, Indianapolis, IN

2017, BeadFest Metal Jewelry Instructor, Santa Fe, NM

2014, “So, You Want to Set Up a Studio?”, Indianapolis Art Center Workshop, IN

2014, “Intricate Sawn Earrings,” Indianapolis Art Center Workshop, IN
2014, “Recalibrate Expectations, Rekindle Your Career,” Business & Professional Exchange, IN
2014, Indy Chamber Monumental Awards Presenter for Public Art, JW Marriott, IN

2013, Book Launch and Live Demo for The Complete Idiots Guide to Making Metal Jewelry, Indy Reads Books, Indianapolis, IN

2012, “Fabricate Elaborate,” Indianapolis Art Center Workshop, IN
2012, “Teapots Workshop,” Instructor Assistant to John Cogswell, Arrowmont School, TN
2012, Pattern Group Presentation, The Speak Easy, IN


2017, Honorable Mention, Eric Sharp Gateway Poetry Award, Indiana University-Purdue    University, Indianapolis, IN

2016, Individual Artists Award, Indiana Arts Commission

2013, Instructors Assistant, Teapot Fabrication Workshop, Arrowmont School, TN

2011, Individual Artist Award, Indiana Arts Commission

2010, First Place, Jewelry, Professional Fine Arts, IN State Fair
2009, Studio Assistantship, (Five-week residency) Arrowmont School, TN
2009, First Place Sculpture, Professional Fine Arts, IN State Fair
2009, Second Place, Objects, Professional Fine Arts, IN State Fair




2014-Present, Founder and President: Indy Metalsmith Guild

2016-Volunteer, Indianapolis Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA)

2014-15, President: Indianapolis Artist and Dealers Association (IDADA)
2012-13, Vice President, IDADA
2011-2012, Secretary, IDADA
2000-Present, Member, Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)
1998-Present, Artist Member, Indianapolis Art Center
2008, Winners Walk Tall, Indianapolis Public Schools Program Volunteer