Born and raised in a small farming community in Kansas, Nancy Scott Patton began her formal exploration of art in 1980 by studying Architecture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. Although she ended up with a BS in Business Education and taught High School Business for three years, she eventually earned her BFA in Fiber at Kansas City Art Institute (1990) and her MFA in Printmaking at Washington University in St. Louis (1998). It was in St. Louis where she met her husband, Tom Patton (a photographer and native Northern Californian), while they both taught at the same university. After being married for just one year, they made their way to Chico in 2002 when Tom accepted the position as Chair of the Art Department at Chico State.
Nancy has taught printmaking, drawing and design at several St. Louis area colleges as well as at both Butte College and Chico State. She has served on the Board for several non-profits such as 1078 Gallery, The Turner Print Museum and The Inspire Advisor Board. She currently works as a bookkeeper for a Chico based Resident & Commercial Property Management Company and has her studio in her home.
Tom and Nancy’s only child, Nicole, was born in Chico and is currently a BFA Film student at Columbia College, Chicago.
Nancy is new to the Chico Arts and Culture Foundation Board as of 2022.
“Someone once told me that what you first become interested in as a child is what you end of doing as an adult. This is true for me as all I wanted to do as a child was draw and make things. As an adult, almost all my professional career has revolved around the arts. Working with the Chico Arts and Culture Foundation is an exciting way for me to explore my interest and give back to the community at the same time.”