(Photo by Nancy Nelson)
As a child, Cross left her native Hungary with her parents and settled in Toronto, Canada, where she receive a public school education. She also received a certificate in piano at the University of Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music.
She taught piano in Iowa City for many years before deciding to resume her studies in languages and the arts. She received a B.A. in Italian with a double major in Elementary Education and also a B.F.A in Art from the University of Iowa.
Cross has sold her art works to corporate and private collectors in the U.S. and Canada. Her works have been exhibited in the UI School of Art and Art History and numerous places in Iowa and Illnois. She has given workshops for both adults and children. Her 'Blue Abstract' is featured in a full-page color reproduction in Virginia A. Myers' book Foil Imaging: A New Art Form.
Cross' interests center on intaglio/relief and foil stamping. While she continues to hone her techniques in the representational arts, Cross is especially drawn to the opportunities that foil printing combined with acrylic paints offer for abstraction and unpredictability. Just as the composer John Cage delighted in being surprised by the "unexpected" in his musical works, Nora enjoys the unforeseen sense of discovery that can be found in her foil printmaking processes. Her other interests include gourmet cooking, music, reading, and travel.
Currently, Cross divides her time between teaching and volunteering in the Iowa City School District as well as working in her Cosgrove studio and playing the piano.
The Iowa City artist will be exhibiting her prints at The Sanford Museum in Cherokee from July 1-31. The show entitled "Transitional Forms" depicts defined and obscure geometrical shapes as well as a variety of textures. Cross combines traditional painting techniques with roll leaf foil, a relatively new printing medium.
The exhibit also includes some representational work relating to nature. She is planning to present a workshop at the end of her exhibition. Time and date will be available from the Sanford Museum.