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Cecile Nelken Mc Cann, American writer, artist. Recipient Vesta award, Woman's Building, 1988, Media award, Bay Area Visual Arts Coalition, 1989. Trustee emerita Rene and Veronica di Rosa Foundation; member Public Art Advisory Committee, Oakland; Member of International Association Art Critics, Art Table (Honor award 1988, Achievement award 1992).


Cann, Cecile Nelken Mc was born on July 13, 1917 in New Orleans. Daughter of Abraham and Leona Nelken.


Student, Vassar College. Student, Tulane University. Bachelor, San Jose State College, 1963.

Master of Arts, San Jose State College, 1964. Postgraduate, University California-Berkeley, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), San Francisco Art Institute, 1989.


Tool designer Convair Corporation, New Orleans, 1942-1945. Architectural draftsman, various companies New Orleans and Clinton, Iowa, 1945-1947, 51-53. Owner, operator ceramics studio Clinton, 1953-1958.

Instructor San Jose State College, 1964-1965, California State University, Hayward, 1964-1965, Chabot College, Hayward, 1966-1969, Laney College, 1967-1970, San Francisco State University, 1977-1978. Founder, editor, public Artweek magazine, Oakland, California, 1970-1989. Freelance writer, art advisor Kensington, 1989—2009.

Consultant National Endowment Arts, 1974—1978, fellow in art criticism, 1976. Panelist numerous conferences and workshops.


  • Other Work

    • One-woman shows include Davenport Museum Art, Robert North Galleries, Chicago, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California College Arts and Crafts, Oakland, exhibited in group shows at DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, Everson Museum Art, Syracuse, New York, Oakland Museum, Pasadena Museum, Los Angeles County Museum Art, Represented in permanent collections San Jose State College, Mills College, College Holy Names, City of San Francisco, State of California.


Trustee emerita Rene and Veronica di Rosa Foundation. Member Public Art Advisory Committee, Oakland. Member of International Association Art Critics, Art Table (Honor award 1988, Achievement award 1992).


Children: Dorothy Collins, Cecile Isaacs, Annette Arnold, Denise Bachman, Albert Hews III.

Abraham Nelken

Leona Nelken

Dorothy Collins Cann

Cecile Isaacs Cann

Annette Arnold Cann

Denise Bachman Cann

Albert Hews III Cann