Nancy Rosnow


On January 13, Nancy Rosnow of Dunkirk at 76. She is survived by her husband, Richard Baldwin; and her brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Mimi Rosnow.

An artist, sculptor, ceramicist and art educator, Nancy created works in many media. She taught at universities in Maryland, Kentucky and New Mexico, serving also as department chair and university gallery director.

In a career change in the 1980s, she moved to Washington, D.C., to administer the Lecture, Seminar, and Film Program of the Smithsonian Resident Associates. At a Renwick Gallery lecture, Nancy met her future husband, Richard Baldwin, a NASA engineer.

In D.C., Nancy apprenticed to a noted painting conservator, and began to collect and restore paintings. She became familiar with the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). Inspired by the dedication of colleagues who shared a passion for art and a joy in researching artworks, she set her sights on becoming a docent in the company of such interesting and knowledgeable colleagues. As Nancy once put it: “Art has been good to me, and I’m very glad to be associated with SAAM.”

Contributions in her memory may be sent to World Wildlife Fund (

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