Saint Joseph Studio

Nancy Lee Smith, IHM

Artist and Iconographer

Nancy Lee Smith, IHM, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, began her career at Webster College and received her Fine Arts training at Wayne State University in metal sculpture. She received a Master of Divinity from St. John Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. Writing icons full-time for eighteen years, her many icons hang in churches and chapels, hospital lobbies and private homes in the Americas and in Europe.

  • 1975 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • 1982 Master of Divinity, St. John Seminary, Plymouth, MI
  • Two Spiritual Directors' Training Intensives with Jesuits at Guelph, ON, Canada and Oxford, MI
  • 1997, 2002, 2005 Apprenticeships with Ksenia Pokrovsky, founding
    member of "Izograph," Iconographers' Society of Moscow, Russia
  • 1998 Geometry of icons with Charles Rohrbacher in Portland, OR
  • 2000, 2001 Icon workshops with Vladislav Andrejev of St. Petersburg, Russia in New York
  • Alphons Gallery, Milwaukee, WI 1999
  • "Window into Eternity" world icon exhibit, sponsored by Christians in Visual Arts 2000
  • "Heaven on Earth: the Holy Icon Art of Imperial Russia" co-exhibited, Ann Arbor, MI 2001
  • Solo exhibit, Bon Secours Spiritual Center, Marriottsville, MD 2002
  • "Christian/Buddhist" co-exhibited with Buddhists, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI 2004
  • "Mother God" Paintings: Marygrove College, Detroit; Downriver Council Arts, Taylor; and Visitation, Monroe, MI 2005-2006
  • National Religious Orders' Exhibit, Baileys Harbor, WI, and, Downriver Council Arts, Taylor, MI 2007
  • Bagley Street Gallery, Detroit, MI 2008 "Sacred Art"
  • St. Joseph Parish, Havafjorda, Iceland 1995
  • Tabor Retreat Center, Lynchburg, VA 1997
  • Sisters of Notre Dame, Rome, Italy 1997
  • Religieuse de l'Assomption, Paris, France 1998
  • Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA 1999
  • Sisters of Bon Secours, Marriotsville, MD 2000
  • Mercy Franciscan Hospital, Cincinnati, OH 2001
  • Sisters of Incarnate Word, Cleveland, OH 2001
  • Corpus Christi University Parish, Toledo, OH 2002
  • Christ the King Parish, Ann Arbor, MI 2002
  • Pagani Retreat Center, Oconomowoc, WI 2002
  • St. Francis Retreat House, Easton, PA 2003
  • Sisters of SS. Cyril & Methodius, Danville, PA 2004
  • Our Lady of the Woods, Woodhaven, MI 2004
  • Redemptorist House of Studies, New York, NY 2004
  • St. Ann Parish, Arlington, VA 2005
  • Sisters of Mercy, St. Louis, MO 2005
  • Marianella Center, Redemptorists, Dublin, Ireland 2006
  • Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, MI 2006
Presentations and Retreats
Topics: The Meaning, Spirituality and Use of Icons. Some of them are:
  • Sisters of the Incarnate Word National Gathering in Cleveland, OH
  • Sisters of Notre Dame of Rome, Italy, of Chardon and of Toledo, OH, each, respectively
  • Trappists (OCSO) of Assumption Abbey, Ava, MO, three times
  • Religieuse de l'Assomption, Paris, France
  • Sisters of Bon Secours, Glasgow, Scotland; U.S. Conference, Marriotsville, MD
  • Sisters of Mercy of St. Louis, MO Province Gathering
  • Sisters of St Francis of the Holy Family, Dubuque, IA
  • Redemptorists (CSsR) of North America, History Conference for Historians and Archivists,
    Mother of Perpetual Help icon, Oconomowoc, WI
  • Redemptorist Formation Conference for four North American Formation Houses, Oconomowoc, WI
  • Redemptorist House of Studies, St. Louis, MO
  • Sisters of SS. Cyril & Methodius, Danville, PA on St. Alphonsus Liguori
  • Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, MI Coordinating Council
  • Association of Christian Therapists International Conference Denver, CO
  • ACT Canadian Conference, Toronto, ON Canada
  • Ecumenical Spiritual Directors' Gathering, Troy, MI
  • Numerous Parishes and Dioceses throughout the U.S.
  • Episcopal Womens' Midwest Conference presenter, Dearborn, MI