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Nancy Clayton Cooke Reinker, American Artist. Named to 1992 Circuit of Excellence, Society National Art Patrons, 1992; recipient 1st prize Spectrum, 1992, 93, 94.


Reinker, Nancy Clayton Cooke was born on July 6, 1936 in Owensboro, Kentucky, United States. Daughter of Billie Clayton and Barbara Jane (Mitchell) Cooke.


Student, Kent State University, 1954-1955;student, Cleveland The Art Institute of Chicago, 1956-1957;studied sculpture with, Stanley Bleifeld, 1979-1980;student, Silvermine School of Art, 1988-1989.


Owner, Nettle Creek Shops of Westport and Cos Cob, Connecticut, 1974-1986;owner, Cross River Design Studio, 1986-1989.


  • Other Work

    • One-woman shows include Hayes Gallery, 1992, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, Art Place, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2000, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, Art Place, 2003, Westport Art Center, 1994, Farrell II Gallery, 1998, Ulla Surland Gallery II, 2003. Works in traveling exhibition International Faber Birren Color Show, Stamford Museum, 1990, Connecticut Art, Stamford Museum, 1990, Connecticut Women Artists, New Britain Museum of Art, 1991, 1993, 1996, Versions of Childhood, Artspace Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 1994, New York/New Haven Artspace Gallery, 1994, Women in Visual Arts, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 1994, National Association Women Artists, Incorporated, 1996-1998, Bachelor of Journalism Spoke Gallery, Long Island, New York, 1997, numerous national and international exhibitions. Sculpture United Nations, New York City, Rebuilding Torn Societies, 1999.

      Juried and invited shows, Katonah Museum Art, 2001, Connecticut Graphic Arts Center, 2001, 42d Art of the Northeast, 44th Art of the Northeast, 45th Art of the Northeast, 52d Art of the Northeast, 2001, 53d Art of the Northeast, Reflections, Norwalk Community College, 2002. Represented in permanent collections, Housatonic Community College.


Chairman Commission for The Arts, Weston, Connecticut, 1993-1994, Art Bridge-United States-Japan, 2000, Gallery Irohani, Sakai City, Japan. President Institute for Visual Artists, New Canaan, Connecticut, 1992-1993. Vice president, president Art Place Gallery, Southport, Connecticut, 1991-1992, treasurer, since 1998.

Member American Society Of Interior Designers (associate), Silvermine Guild of Artists (trustee 1994-1999), New Haven Paint and Clay (Merit award 1993, purchase award for permanent collection 1997), National Association Women Artists, Connecticut Women Artists (Painting award 1991), Greenwich Art Society (Randolph Chitwood award 1994), Women's Caucus for Art, Chi Omega.


Married Dale Bruce Reinker, September 29, 1956. Children: Shahn Elizabeth, Laura Beth, Karen Christian.

Billie Clayton Cooke

Barbara Jane (Mitchell) Cooke

Dale Bruce Reinker

Shahn Elizabeth Reinker

Laura Beth Reinker

Karen Christian Reinker