Nicora Gangi has created works for Spark and Echo Arts since we began, and we are proud to have her as a Resident Artist in 2013. Resident Artists create six works over the year, one for each of our six themes. This first work for 2013 deals with the theme of Light and Darkness, and responds to Genesis 1:2:

The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.


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Nicora Gangi, Spirit of God – The Spirit hovering, 2012, 19″ x 25″, pastel on canson paper


From the Artist: 

The Spirit of God is the first mover; He moved upon the face of the waters.
Here in is hope, the Spirit of God begins to work, and if he works who will hinder?
God’s Spirit moved upon the deep, He is the fountain of life and spring of motion.
The first of all visible things the Lord God creates is light. Not that He Himself needs to see in order to work – for the darkness and the light are the same to Him, but that by it we may see His works and His glory in them.
‘For the one that practices the truth, comes to the light that his deeds may be manifest as having been founded in God.’  John 3:21



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.
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