I like to deal with fragments. Because no matter what the thought would be if it were fully worked out, it wouldn’t be as good as the suggestion of a thought that the space gives you. Nothing fully worked out could be so arresting, spooky.
— Anne Carson

I make abstract work because I am interested in its ability to operate in a realm in which beauty and tension simultaneously exist without explanation or narrative.
my paintings and drawings, I employ a series of processes, scraping away, erasing, redrawing, repainting, ultimately bringing to the forefront, fragmented tangent points, tangled structures, patched, disjointed and abutted forms. These agents constitute spaces of ambiguity, places I call, the poetic realm of the incomplete, the fragment, ruin and residue of -"almost was, “and "might become," where discovery and invention are uncovered and reconfigured; their location and specificity remain in question.

photo: Janet L. Pritchard

Deborah Dancy is a multi-media abstract artist, whose paintings, drawings, digital photography and sculptural objects examine and mine abstraction’s potential to move across mediums and materials exploring subtlety and confrontation. An undercurrent of nuance and tension marks her work, as if something is poised to happen. Paintings and drawings are constructed by tangential linear demarcations and erasures; abutting shapes and colors are inserted to provoke, entice, and disrupt. From densely painted fields to minimally suggested forms, Dancy’s work operates in the recognition that moments, meanderings, accidents and process operate best when beautiful and disconcerting elements are combined.  Her digital photography explores the beauty and power embedded in “mundane” objects, and her small sculptures of found and fabricated materials undermines and reframes historical narratives using humorous but cryptic strategies.  
2019      The Weight of the World, Five Points Gallery, Torrrington, CT
2018       Un/Natural Occurrence Gray Contemporary Gallery, Houston TX
               Turbulence Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
               K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2016       Pernicious Beauty- K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2015       Lush Life N’Namdi, Contemporary Miami, Miami, FL
2013       Chasing the Light - Sears Peyton Gallery, New York, New York
2012       SACI Gallery Florence, Italy
2009       G.R.N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007       Stewart Gallery, Purdue University
               Wright State University, West Layfette, IN
2005       Sears Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
2004       G.R.N’Namdi  Gallery, Detroit, MI
2001       G.R.N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999       ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999       Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
1998       Diggs Gallery, Winston-­Salem, NC
1997       The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
2018       State of Abstraction, Washington Art Association & Gallery, Washington Depot, CT
               Parallel Practices, The Visual and Performing Arts Center, Western CT State   
               University, Danbury, CT
               MONSTERS among/within Hans Weiss NewSpace Gallery, Manchester Community                                     College, Manchester CT
               Magnetic Fields, Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, FL
2017       Decades of Change, Art Space, New Haven, CT
               Stacked, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, NYC
               Magnetic Fields, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Kansas City, MO
               Magnetic Fields, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
2016       Surface Work, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, curated by David Borawski
               The Tide Is High, Governors Island NY
2015       Interwoven, Mead Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
2014       Art in the Embassies, American Embassy, Paris, France
               ART FUSION/ Art Basel. N'Namdi, Miami, FL
               Window Seat N’Namdi, Miami, FL
2013       Abstraction, N'Namdi Contemporary, Miami, FL
2012       Float- Sears Peyton Gallery, NY, NY
               Hidden Essence G.R.N’Namdi Gallery Chicago, IL
               N’Namdi Contemporary Miami, FL
2008       Connecticut Biennale Mattatuck Museum, Bridgeport, CT
               Contemporary Printmaking. The Rye Text Messages: Words and Letters Arts Center                                     Rye, NY
               Abstraction Updated, G.A.S.P Gallery, Brookline, MA
               More Than One: Prints and Multiples, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
               Stories and Histories. Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
2004       Conflicting Memories, Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS
2002       The Belles of Amherst: Contemporary Women Artists in the Collection
               Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA
               Words of Vision/Vision of Words CT Commission on the Arts, Hartford, CT
2000       Revisiting Abstraction, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
1996       The Eighth Triennial, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA
               Translucency, Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, University of CA., Santa Cruz, CA
1995       New American Talent, Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi
               Alabama Impact: Contemporary Artists with Alabama Ties, Mobile Museum of Art,                                       Mobile, AL, and The Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
1991       9 Artists/9 Visions: DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
2007       Banff Creative­ Residency Program Grant
2006       Women's Studio Workshop Residency Grant
               University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts Outstanding Faculty Award
2005       Center for Contemporary Printmaking Residency Fellowship
2002       The University of Connecticut Chancellor’s Research Fellowship
               William Randolph Hearst Artist and Writers Creative Arts Fellowship,
               American Antiquarian Society
2001       Nexus Press Artist Book Project Residency Award
               Visual Studies Press Artist in Residency Award
               Louise Comfort Tiffany Foundation Nominee
1997       John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
1996       New England Foundation for the Arts Regional National Endowment for the Arts,
               Individual Artist Grant
               Joan Mitchell Foundation Nominee
               Juror's Merit Award, New American Talent: Laguna Gloria Museum
1995       Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship Nominee
1991       Connecticut Commission on the Arts Individual Artist Grant
1988       Yale University Visiting Faculty Fellow
1985       YADDO Fellow
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
United States Embassy, Yaoundé, Cameroon, West Africa
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI
Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell, University, Bucknell, PA
Allen Memorial Museum of Art, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
Fine Art Museum Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
Hallmark Cards, Inc. Kansas City, MO
Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Figge Museum of Art, Davenport, IA Cedar
Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
Vanderbilt University Museum, Nashville, TN
Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, AL
Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Caesars Palace Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.
General Electric Company, Fairfield, CT
Chemical Bank, New York, NY Pepsi Co, Ryebrook, NY
Meditech Corporation, Cambridge, MA
Southern New England Telephone, New Haven, CT
Aetna Life Insurance Company, Middletown, CT
Salmon River Corporation, Glastonbury, CT
Culbro Land Resources, Windsor, CT
The Paris Review, June 22, 2017, The Bookness of Not-Books, Albert Mobilio
ARTPULSE Magazine Vol. 7 2015, Deborah Dancy: Between Abstraction and Representation, Jeff Edwards
The Drawing Center, Emmie Danza ,June 26, 2013, Deborah Dancy, Chasing the Light, SearsPeyton Gallery
The Willimantic Chronicle, Terese Karmel, November 2008, A Convergence of Art and Music
Art New England, Cynthia Farnell, October/November 2005, Speaking Volumes Univ. RI
Hartford Advocate, Patricia Rosoff, July 15, 2004, Small Vistas, The 10-Year Show at 100 Pearl
Hartford Advocate, Patricia Rosoff, July 5,2004, Finding One’s Self
Holleley, Douglas. Digital Book, Design and Publishing, Cary Graphic Arts Press, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2000
Connecticut Review, Fall 2000, The Practical Speller
Art New England, June/July 2000, Pat Rosoff, Abstraction, Central Connecticut State University
Art New England, October/November 1997, Lois Tarlow, Deborah Muirhead's Ghostly Vision
Hartford Advocate, October 9, 1997, Patricia Rosoff, Variety is the Spice of Life
Art New England, Joyce Chen, February/March 1997, Fuller Museum of Art
ArtsMedia, Jeff Perrott, January/February 1997, The Eighth Triennial Exhibition
Art New England, Francois Hugot, June/July 1996, Lenore Gray Gallery, Muirhead, Reddicliffe: Paintings
Time Capsule: A Concise Encyclopedia By Women Artists, S.O.S International, edited by Robin Kahn, NY
Art New England, Michael Rush, April/May 1996, Connecticut Invitational
The New York Times, William Zimmer, April 28, 1996
Gumbo Ya Ya: Anthology of Contemporary African American Women Artists, 1995, Midmarch Publication, NY
Art New England, Michael Rush, August/September 1995, 3 Connecticut Artists Transform the Ordinary
The New York Times, William Zimmer, April 16, 1995, Three in Search of the Spiritual
The Art of Seeing, 3rd Edition, 1993 Mary Pat Fisher, Paul Zelanski, Calmann & King Limited, London
The Hartford Courant, Owen McNally, Painter Muirhead Peers Through A History, Darkly
Color, 1994, Mary Pat Fisher, Paul Zelanski, Calmann & King Limited, London
Hartford Advocate, September 24,1992, Susan Wadsworth, Hooked: Deborah Muirhead at Trinity
The Boston Globe, Friday, June 28, 1991, Christine Temin, DeCordova has 9 Artists
The New York Times, Sunday, April 14, 1991, William Zimmer, Connecticut Biennial
Art New England, February 1991, Susan Wadsworth, Spirit Calls
The New York Times, Sunday, May 2,1989, Vivian Raynor, Stamford Museum
Art New England, May 1989, Jude Schwendenwein, Spirit in the Wood/Paint
The New York Times, Sunday, February 26,1989, Vivian Raynor, Spirit in the Wood/Paint
Art News, Summer 1988, David Bonetti, Boston: A Baker's Dozen
The Boston Globe, Thursday March 31,1988, Christina Temin, Deborah Muirhead Solo Exhibit Liz Harris Gallery
A Tarde, Bahia, Brazil June 8,1987, Artista Americana Estuda as Manifestacoes Baianas
New Britain Herald Review, December 1987, Dorothy Spears, Connecticut Now Abstract Painting
Hartford Courant, December 1987, Matt Damsker, Three Artists Open the Gap Between Mystery and Reality
The New York Times, Sunday August 10,1986, William Zimmer, The Aetna Collection   
K.Imperial Fine Art San Francisco, CA
N'Namdi Contemporary. Miami, FL
Robischon Gallery. Denver, CO
Sears Peyton Gallery, New York, NY

Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA