Resident Artist Nicora Gangi‘s third work for 2013 deals with the theme of “dancing”, and responds to Psalm 149:

Praise the Lord! Sing unto the Lord a new song and His praise in the congregation of saints. Let Israel rejoice in Him that made them. Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King, Let them praise His name in the dance, let them sing praises unto Him with the tambourine and harp.

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Nicora Gangi, Dance, 2013, 11″ x 14″, Paper Collage on Strathmore Paper & Adobe Photoshop


From the Artist: 

Who are called upon to praise God; The children of Israel ! They are nearer to God than other Israelites, those that have the word and ordinances of God. We give honor to God when we take pleasure in Him. We should sing new songs:  newly  composed upon every special occasion.  Singing them with a new affection which makes the song new though the words have been used before and keep them growing threadbare.  Those who are so musically employed in religious worship must by the same rule introduce dancing; for they went together as in David’s dancing before the ark.

The righteous shall be beautified in that day when they shine forth as the sun.  In the hopes of this let them now in the darkest day sing a new song and dance with a new heart to Our God and Our King.



Nicora Gangi was born in Indiana in 1952 and was educated at the Hartford Art School (Hartford, Connecticut) Montclair State College (Montclair, New Jersey) and Syracuse University (Syracuse,New York) (BFA 1974 and MFA 1976). She was a professor of art at Syracuse University for 29 years. She now resides in New York City. Ms. Gangi’s work has been featured in such publications as Artist Magazine, Pastel Artist International, CMYK, American Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine and many others. Her work is featured on the cover of several poetry journals including The Comstock Review’s Winter 2008 national poetry journal. In 2011 she was an award winner from the Pastel Journal 100 Competition. She is also a recipient of the Harris Popular Award from the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, N.Y., the 2005 Grand Prize from The Pastel Journal, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in 2008 among others. Nicora Gangi has lectured regionally and nationally as a visiting artist at colleges and universities and artist’s guilds on such varied topics as, “Spiritual Symbolism in Art” and “Personal Expression Through The Pastel Medium.” Recently she taught for Gordon College in Orvieto, Italy.


Nicora Gangi is a Spark and Echo Arts 2013 Resident Artist.

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